Social Security updated a crucial feature for the digital age

Social Security has introduced an overhaul to thiss my social security gate.

“It’s now easier for your customers who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to do business with us online and find the information they need,” the agency said in his newsletter.

“With the new design, people who receive Social Security or SSI benefits can now update their phone number online and see more information in the Benefits and Payments section. People who receive Social Security benefits can also change their address and direct deposit information under the My Profile tab.

Current and potential Social Security recipients can use the portal for a variety of functions, from applying for a replacement Social Security card to getting future benefit estimates to checking the status of their request.

Additionally, the portal allows recipients to set up direct deposits, change their address, and more.

The changes come just after the tenth anniversary of the initial launch of My Social Security, which the agency marked in a June blog post.

“Since then, we’ve added many features that make online transactions with Social Security easier for most people with Internet access. Today, nearly 70 million people have opened a My Social Security account to conduct their online activities securely and conveniently,” the agency said.

The Social Security Administration also warned of an identity theft scam in its newsletter.

“New reports show that scammers are reviving an old tactic to gain your customer’s trust. Scammers email and text photos of real and fake law enforcement credentials and badges to potential victims,” the SSA warned. “They do this to ‘prove’ they are legit and scam people out of money. Scammers may change the image or use a different name, agency or badge number, but the basic scam is the same.”

The agency warned not to fall for the scam and to be on the lookout for signs of it.

“Federal law enforcement agencies are warning the public to be skeptical of emails and text messages claiming to be from a government or law enforcement agency. No one in federal law enforcement will send photographs of IDs or badges to demand payment, and neither will government employees.

Also this week, the Associated Press published a fact check it showed that, despite recent statements by journalist Lara Logan, US Border Patrol agents do not distribute social security numbers to immigrants at the border.

“The U.S. Border Patrol does not have the ability or authority to issue Social Security numbers and therefore does not issue Social Security numbers to non-citizens who have crossed the border,” a spokesperson said. from the agency to the Associated Press. The report adds that “immigrants living illegally in the United States are not eligible for Social Security numbers unless they meet certain criteria, experts say.”

Stephen Silver, technology editor for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic, who also contributes to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and connect today. Co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.

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