(Kristen) Welcome to Money Matters at 757 with Justin Chastain, and, Justin, today, we are talking about Social Security scams. So, this is something a lot of people deal with. We want to know what should we do or not do to protect ourselves.

(Justin) That’s exactly right, and they’re on the rise. Just in this unique situation we’ve been in, you know, the two biggest industries that are being hacked and scammed right now are health care, so hospital systems, and governmental agencies. So, as I always say, regardless of where you’re born in the United States, you’re going to have a birth certificate and a Social Security number.

So, never give that number out over the phone, and don’t carry that card with you all the time. Make sure you keep it in a safe spot, and do not, even with family members, share that number unless they are the power of attorney. Just make sure you keep it protected because people don’t want your dollar today; they want your Social Security number and sensitive information.

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