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Social Security online accounts: safe from identity theft?

February 3, 2018

From the Reuters website

For many, a MySSA account now is the only way to obtain an estimate of future benefits, since the agency no longer regularly mails annual benefit statements. MySSA also offers the convenience of handling routine paperwork online, and the ability to update the address on file for your account or start or change direct deposit of benefits.

The SSA receives more than half of all retirement and disability benefit applications via the internet, according to a report last year by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). That is up from negligible numbers a decade ago.

More than 34 million Americans now conduct business with the Social Security Administration (SSA) online – and with that shift comes an increased risk of identity theft.

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