Protect Your Retirement Benefits with a my Social Security Account
Unfortunately, identity theft is common. According to a 2018 online survey by The Harris Poll, nearly 60 million Americans have been affected. So, how can you protect yourself? One easy way is by creating a my Social Security account through the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Why is it important to create a my Social Security account? Well, if you don’t have an account, an identity thief who has your Social Security number and address can set up an account in your name and start collecting your retirement benefits. Protect yourself and create an account today by visiting https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/. It only takes a few minutes to sign up.
Not only is a my Social Security account a great way to reduce your risk of having your identity stolen – it’s also a convenient online tool to help you manage your Social Security benefits. Here are a few of the things you can do once you have an account:
Check the status of your application or appeal
Request a replacement Social Security card
Get your benefit verification letter
Check your benefit and payment information and your earnings record
Change your address and phone number
Start or change direct deposit of your benefit payment
Request a replacement Medicare card
Get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for tax purposes
Take advantage of this handy tool while protecting yourself from scammers. Sign up for a my Social Security account today by visiting the SSA’s website!
Interested in learning more about Social Security? Visit our Medicare Learning Center and check out A Beginner’s Guide to Social Security.