Top 5 Fraud and Scam Prevention Tools from Social Security Administration


With the right anti-fraud information, you can help protect those you love. Here are the five most important resources about Social Security scams that you should know about: 

Find out how to spot fake calls and emails and what to do if you get one on our Protect Yourself from Social Security Scams page at

Learn about phone scams and how to report them on our Office of the Inspector General’s Scam Awareness page at

Read about protecting your Social Security number from identity theft at

Create your personal My Social Security account at to help you keep track of your records and identify any suspicious activity. 

Visit our Fraud Prevention and Reporting page at to understand how we combat fraud. 


It’s never been easier to do business with us online. Often there is no need to call or visit an office. Here are three webpages that can make your life easier: 

Create Your Personal my Social Security Account. Did you know you already have access to much of your Social Security information? All you need to do is create or sign in to your personal my Social Security account. You can verify your earnings, get future benefit estimates, instantly get a benefit verification letter, and more, with your own personal my Social Security account, at   

File for Your Retirement Online. Planning for retirement? Or looking to retire now? You can complete and submit your online application for retirement benefits in as little as 15 minutes at   

Stay Informed! Our blog is the place to be for Social Security news. We feature messages and information direct from our Acting Commissioner and other experts. When you subscribe, you’ll get an email each time we post a new blog so you can stay informed. Visit    

Our online resources don’t end there. If you didn’t see what you need in the list above, visit us at Please share these pages with your friends and family.