Sunday, December 05, 2010

One in 7 social security numbers are misused

NBC Today has been reporting Sunday morning that social security number fraud has increased, and that there are millions of social security numbers with multiple names. In fact, 1 of 7 social security numbers have been used by someone other than the owner, according to the story.

Most people don’t find out about the problem until they interact with government and apply for some sort of benefits, or sometimes when they apply for more credit.

Some social security number fraud occurs when information is entered mistakenly into systems that take social security numbers, which are much less often required than in the past.

MSNBC’s link to the story is here.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Automated calls offering mortgage refiancing: suspcicious?

It has come to my attention that people get automated phone calls offering mortgage refinancing. Some of the phone calls appear to go to people who don’t even have mortgages, and they may be attempts to get personal information illegally, through the phone system rather than by Internet phishing.

I’ll check more on what the FTC says about this problem.