FTC warns against social security email scam


The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers around the U.S. of a phishing email scam that looks to infect your computer with viruses and malware.

According to the FTC, the email contains the subject line “Get Protected” and tries to deceive consumers by talking about new features from the Social Security Administration (SSA) that can help taxpayers monitor their credit reports, and know about unauthorized use of their Social Security number.

To try to convince consumers even further, the email mentions the IRS and the “S.A.F.E Act 2015” which does not exist.

Scammers are hoping consumers will click on the link provided in the email to either install malware or send you to a fake website where they can gather your personal information.

Remember, all government websites end with a .gov. Additionally, the email may not be safe if it originally ended up in scam or junk folder

If you’ve received this email you can use BBB’s Scam Tracker to help us investigate and warn others about the scam.