The Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, is warning citizens about a suspicious email “phishing” scheme that recently surfaced. The Office of the Inspector General received reports that several hundred employees of a private company, with offices across the country, recently received an email message that appears to be from the Social Security Administration. The message alerts the recipient of “unusual” activity with his or her Social Security number.
This type of phishing scheme could lead to identity theft of Social Security benefit theft. Therefore, Acting Inspector General Stone urges all citizens to be extremely cautious when receiving requests to provide personal information over the internet or the telephone.