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Cyber Security Awareness – Knowing the Risks Can Help Keep You Protected

| September 06, 2016
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At Tompkins Financial Advisors, we take our commitment to helping you preserve and grow your wealth very seriously. In an effort to help protect you as you access important personal information online, our information security team has identified two new Social Security scams we’d like to make you aware of.

In the first scam, you receive an official-looking email from the Social Security Administration, with an invitation to create an account so you can receive your benefits. You land on a webpage where the scammers hope you will fill out all your confidential information. Please don’t fall for it! Never click on links in any of these emails. If you want to sign up for a My Social Security Account, go directly to the official site at

The second scam is where hackers actually create an account for someone, and redirect the payments to a bank account controlled by them, not the victim. To prevent this from happening, create your own MySSA account with a strong username and password. This is similar to filing your tax return early, before the scammers have an opportunity to file a bogus return and potentially steal your refund. A further recommendation: when you create your MySSA account, go to the settings and choose the option that “any changes to the bank account into which your check is electronically deposited only be done physically at a Social Security branch office and not using your online account.”




The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. We suggest that you discuss your specific situation with a qualified tax or legal advisor. Please consult Tompkins Financial Advisors if you have any questions. 

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