Hey! Do you know how to protect your Social Security number?

Social Security numbers are a common target for identity theft phishing scams. One way thieves pull this scam is by pretending to be a representative from the bank.

These numbers are, essentially, your identity. They’re used to open financial accounts, borrow money, apply for jobs, apply for a place to rent — pretty much any important financial decision.

To keep your Social Security number safe, avoid giving the number to anyone over the phone, internet, or email unless you can verify the representative or source requesting it.

Your Social Security number is also linked to your credit score and credit report. Checking your credit report for accuracy is one way to see if your Social Security number or personal information has been compromised.

For more information about how to keep your identity safe, visit southernbank.com/getwell. See you next time on Money Matters!

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