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Social Security Scams Poised To Increase in 2022 — Brush Up on the Latest Techniques

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In 2021, internet scams were legion. From dating app scams, crypto and investment fraud, data breaches and even Google ad thefts, chances are you or someone you know has been a victim. In 2022, some experts warn that Social Security scams will be on the rise.

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The FBI reported that it receives more than 800,000 internet crime reports every year, which adds up to an estimated $4 billion in losses. Therefore, it’s of the utmost importance to be on the lookout for impostors who will say they’re from the IRS, Social Security Administration (SSA), lottery promoters, utility companies, banks and card companies, or even a friend or relative in distress. They’ll ask for payment using some untraceable methods such as money wiring services, Bitcoin payments, gift cards and cash, according to the Rockford Register

Fortunately, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the SSA provide tips to protect consumers.

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First of all, the FTC reminds people on its website that the SSA will never call to request you to pay anything, nor threaten your benefits. Your caller ID might show the SSA’s real phone number (1-800-772-1213), but that’s not the real SSA calling. Computers make it easy to show any number on caller ID. “You can’t trust what…

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