When the form letter from Social Security arrived, Lillian Broide almost didn’t give it a close reading. She has been receiving lots of official forms and letters lately, after going through several hospital stays and rehab programs.
“I did open it and found out there is a fraud going on that is tagging seniors,” Broide said when she called recently.
The letter on May 22 was confirming that she had recently opened an online Social Security account. It said she did not have to do anything unless this was not correct and told her to contact Social Security immediately if she had not in fact opened an online account.
“I had never gone online with my Social Security,” she said. She called right away and was shocked to discover that someone had opened an online account using her Social Security number. A few days later, she also found out someone had changed the bank account where her monthly Social Security check was to be deposited.What is it going to take to wake up Social Security management? This sort of fraud is exploding. It's irresponsible to allow this to continue. Stop allowing new online accounts until there's a fix! What are you waiting for?