Published: September 27, 2012
In a new scam targeting seniors and the disabled, identity thieves are fraudulently rerouting Social Security benefits to their own bank accounts and prepaid debit cards. It’s pretty straightforward: Identity thieves get their hands on the personal information they need, like a full name and bank account number. Then they contact the Social Security Administration and request that payments be rerouted to their own accounts. Several social security recipients nationwide have reported be the victim of this scam. Don’t give out your social security or bank number over the phone.