Scammers Stealing IDs for Social Security Benefits

Kenneth Terrell
4 minutes
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Identify thieves might be sending you false information through the mail.

Ruth Eckenstein was surprised to get the letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA), given that she wasn’t receiving her benefits yet. But when the Oklahoma City resident opened that envelope in December, her surprise turned into the worst kind of shock.

Identity thieves pretending to be Eckenstein had accessed her Social Security account and were about to receive a check for her back benefits of $11,665. The check was so large because it was the total amount Eckenstein, 66, would have received by then if she had started claiming benefits when she turned 65.  Read more HERE.

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