Scammers fake Social Security email

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 ssa.gov 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 spam@uce.gov — 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.

Comments

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

> """"melisajanes10

upsmaildeliveryservice

+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 future---.eg 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.

User Names and Password are finally being developed INSTEAD OF A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. TO THE STATE IF MISSOURI::: WHAT PART OF "INSTEAD" DID YOU NOT UNDERSTAND ?????????????

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.

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