Tanks for the heads up.
I don't check my SSA account often online, but for most business they still send stuff through the U.S. mail, including Medicare statements.
Today thieves are stealing physical mail more than ever, I wondered why the Gubmint didnt transition over to just email option like banks for those that don’t want personal info sent to their home.
Side bar: Today even the FAA had some sort of computer fritz that grounded all aircraft this morning. No word if this was a breach or maybe spilled coffee. They don’t ground all aircraft for an outage (their explanation) that only provides general aircraft information…do they?
Anyway, these days with the proliferation of electronic mail, it seems it would be a safe bet, right? Heck, what’s a stamp cost today 60¢? Imagine some swindler(s) licking envelopes and stamps at that letter rate by the thousands to try and scam some senior out of a hundred bucks. The way the gubmint wastes money (actually “redistributes”funding) they save big on sending via US Mail.
So couple days ago I too received a very official looking email but from PayPal, proper PP address in the header, right PP mailing addresses at the bottom and the body of the letter was well complete and well written. The only suspect was the toll-free number, it was something rather than 1-800 or 1-888.
The email stated PP “sent me an invoice for $505.00, click the link” etc.
Since I didn’t use PP for some time I knew I was bogus, so I logged into my account and there wasn't any Activity.
Even with the amount of security these sites have (Soc Sec Adm, PayPal, eBay and the Amazon) there’s always some deadbeat trying to sneak one through and each time there’s a phishing email, your email address is shared among the scammers.
I know my ATT Yahoo email account is compromised and so I created another that I don’t share, it’s amazing how I don’t get spam emails for gutter guards, air cleaners, and an array of gadgets and pills designed to make my life better on my spare email account.
Bottom line: email sucks. the post office is expensive, crooks never get punished.