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November 11, 2006

SOCIAL SECURITY

This is a very strange phishing attempt. It looks like they are trying to get your social security information.

Now, as far as I know, you don't have an online account which you need to update in order to get your Social Security payments. So I think what they're doing is trying to get enough information so that they can clone your ID.

But this is definitely a phishing attempt. The solution is simple. Never, ever, click through teh links in emails that ask you to register with a site. Always close the email, go to the browser window and then go directly to what you know is the correct site.

SOCIAL SECURITY

Social Security Announces 3.3 Percent Benefit Increase for 2007

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for more than 53 million Americans will increase 3.3 percent in 2007, the Social Security Administration announced today.

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits increase automatically each year based on the rise in the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), from the third quarter of the prior year to the corresponding period of the current year.  This year's increase in the CPI-W was 3.3 percent.
 
The 3.3 percent Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that nearly 49 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2007.  Increased payments to more than 7 million Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries will begin on December 29.

Some other changes that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages.  Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $97,500 from $94,200.  Of the estimated 163 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in 2007, about 11 million will pay higher taxes as a result of the increase in the taxable maximum in 2007.

NOTE: We now need you to update your personal information. If this is not completed by November 11, 2006, we will be forced to suspend your account indefinitely

To confirm your records click here:


http://www.socialsecurity.gov/iConDFHSSA.php?NEXTSC=1&CLEARSCRN=N&PAGE=1y2ug387gg37y5r08fuh598hg39&LETERSENT=1

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