How the Scam Works:
You get an email that appears to be from the Social Security Administration, Service Canada or organization acting on behalf of the official government agency. The email claims that you are eligible for a new benefit and need to complete an online form to apply.
You click the link, and the form asks for basic information such as name, address and telephone number. It also requests information about your job, health and government ID numbers (such as driver's license or Social Security number).
When you complete the form, a confirmation page promises that your case will be reviewed and a government agent will contact you. Not likely! Scammers use the info you give them to commit ID theft, possibly redirecting your benefits to an account controlled by the thief.
As always, watch out for other variations of this scam. Scammers also call residents and ask for personal information over the phone. And other email versions use a slightly different scenario, such as asking you to update or verify account information.
How to Spot this Scam:
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