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Check websites carefully to ensure they are official

By June Watanabe

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 03, 2012

~~<p>Question: Can you warn your readers about a scam in which my wife and I were charged $96 ($48 each) to get new Social Security cards? With the increased state and federal requirements to obtain driver&rsquo;s licenses, there&rsquo;s a need to have proof of a Social Security number. So I Googled &ldquo;Social Security&rdquo; on my computer and found a website &mdash; simplefilings.com &mdash; with all the appearances of an official government site. I then proceeded to fill out all the information, including my credit card number. A few hours later, I had the feeling something was not right and logged on to what I know now is the official Social Security Administration website and found out I could get a new card at no charge. I immediately called VISA to cancel my card, but was told I will not be able to get back my money.</p>
<p>Answer: This is another case of having to be wary of what&rsquo;s offered online and vigilant in searching for an official government site.</p>
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Question: Can you warn your readers about a scam in which my wife and I were charged $96 ($48 each) to get new Social Security cards? With the increased state and federal requirements to obtain driver’s licenses, there’s a need to have proof of a Social Security number. So I Googled “Social Security” on my computer and found a website — simplefilings.com — with all the appearances of an official government site. I then proceeded to fill out all the information, including my credit card number. A few hours later, I had the feeling something was not right and logged on to what I know now is the official Social Security Administration website and found out I could get a new card at no charge. I immediately called VISA to cancel my card, but was told I will not be able to get back my money.

Answer: This is another case of having to be wary of what’s offered online and vigilant in searching for an official government site. Login for more...



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