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The subject line says “Get Protected,” and the email talks about new features from the Social Security Administration (SSA) that can help taxpayers monitor their credit reports, and know about unauthorized use of their Social Security number. It even cites the IRS and the official-sounding “S.A.F.E Act 2015.” It sounds real, but it’s all made-up.

It’s a phishing email to get you to click on a scammer’s link. If you do, a scammer can install malware — like viruses and spyware — on your computer. Or, the link might send you to a spoof site — a lookalike website set up by a scammer to trick you into entering your personal information.

Not sure if an email is really from the government? Here are a couple of clues. Did the email end up in your junk folder? Email providers use filters to help catch phishing scams and spam from getting into your inbox. And when you hover your cursor over the link, does it really go to a trusted website? In this fake SSA email, when you hover over the url you’re told to click on, you see the link goes to an unrelated “.com” — instead of the Social Security Administration's or another “.gov” site.

If you get a questionable email, don’t click on any links, or open any attachments. Report it to the FTC by forwarding the email to — and to the organization impersonated in the email. You also can report it to your email provider. Some email providers let you mark messages as phishing scams. Your report is most effective when you include the full email header, but most email programs hide this information. To find out how to include it, type the name of your email service with “full email header” into your favorite search engine. When you’re done, delete the email.

If you’re unsure about an email that looks like it’s from the government, contact the agency directly. But find the contact info yourself.


That probably did not go through but I don't know how to do what you suggested to do in checking emails for scams, but I'll keep trying. I find catching scammers on the phone much easier. I do have safeguards in place as far as the computer is concerned. I'm sure it gets hacked from time to time, so I'm just a little guy! And I don't know how much information is being pulled off my computer as well as how much is being sold. Thanks for the constant updates!

if this email from government why they didn't send the method or the code or number that may be for the deposite which they puted ,and why if they are offering this why they didn't pay for security

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+237-6534-86884 +442030510988""""" those are scammers Mrs.

An email address that ends in ".com" is not a government email address.

A government email address will end in ".gov" with no other words after the ".gov"

thank you

Again.....another one bites the dusk. These "logo's" seem all to real not to try because of us wanting to protect ourselves. Maybe "the REAL ENTITY" should provide some type of ID device from agency indicating a specific ? linked between you & employer from past or What was your manager's name or your badge number while employed.

good job.

I red what you said here. But instead of taking care of catching bad ''guys'', maybe you should care more about what you have on your device you are using and don't have personal info on it. And second thing, if filter marked that as a spam, obviously it has a good reason which you and me don't know.


his phone no are 18763738725 0r18064163048 0r17023474478 he has ben phoning me for a year now i have like a dummy sent him money.lots of it told me i won a car and 5 millon dollars this has to end it is affecting my health i am a widow it seems they go after the weak when they sad and humble shame on him and all of them they should go to prison for a long time forever. please do not be scammed by anyone like me .

When spammers call me, I've been using 'Select Forwarding' option. This option allows me to forward the spammers phone call to a different spammers phone number. Lastly, if I were you, I would absolutely change my phone number as well.

Someone has been sending these type of fake emails to my spam inbox even after i have blocked the emails hopefully something can be done about this.


So all legal government sites end with .gov correct? Anything in my spam file gets deleted I don't care who it's from!! Am I doing the right thing? And how can one be sure it gets deleted?

if its a online site , for the same case , how ill be able to recognize that its a spam or not ? could u help me?

new scam up and coming they are now making these calls to cell phone i thought cell phone are prohibited from telemarketing and my number is on the no call list so how did this happen??? it seems the bad guys are winning because they could careless about your rules and the telco's providing this service know perfectly well they are allowing the law to be broken open and with no fear of the FTC acting at all. like i said the bad guys are winning and nobody is doing anything about it.

That is exactly what is happening to me right now. I agree with you 100%. The bad guys are winning and no one is doing anything to protect us the consumers. Thank you for posting this.

I have not gotten any emails about my social security but I have been getting phone calls that my social security number may be at risk. I think it's because I am a victim of the OPM breach that happened to government employees months back. I want to know what has been done to prevent these calls from coming in. I have already filed numerous complaints with the FTC and my Attorney General's office here in MA.

Hello, I feel like I've been scammed. I have been getting texts from individuals and companies stating that I requested their services. I have had credit checks on all the credit agencies. What can I do? They already ruined my credit

You can get a personal recover plan to help you recover from identity theft at

Bridgette my identity was stolen, cell phone hacked and just found out that my wife & my ss# has had en messed with. Just found it hr brought to my attention. Period. Bridget this is been going on for almost 2 years I've contacted the proper channels are entities within the government to fix his even have gotten case numbers from the police department but have not had not one person respond or help me with this issue. It's about to run my life and my family members and I do not know what to do. Is there a direct line I can speak to someone that will get results? Please let me know I'll be waiting for your reply.... Thanks

The FTC can help you with identity theft. Go to, or call 1-877-438-4338.

When you report at, you can get letters and forms related to the identity theft you experienced. You can make a personal recovery plan, and get contact information for the businesses you need to reach.

Thank you.

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