Crooks target seniors' Social Security benefits

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HOUSTON - The Social Security Administration has warned Americans about a new scam targeting seniors and the disabled.

Identity thieves are fraudulently rerouting Social Security benefits to their own bank accounts and prepaid debit cards.

The agency said the thieves are contacting the Social Security Administration and requesting payments be rerouted to their own accounts.  They do it by getting personal information from their victims, including a full name and bank account number.

To prevent identity theft, be wary of any calls or emails from strangers asking or your personal information.  If it's been three or more days since you were supposed to receive your benefits payment or you receive a letter confirming a change to your direct deposit information you didn't authorize, take action immediately.

The Social Security Administration asked anyone who believes they are a victim of fraud to contact the Inspector General.

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