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With the holiday shopping season right around the corner, protecting your identity and coveted information is as important as ever.

Social Security and it's beneificiaries continuously battle identity theft and scams, and Jack Myers, with Social Security, explains are scams and fraud schemes are constantly changing. The elderly are especially targeted during these situations.

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Social Security encourages all to be aware of potential scam artists. Myers adds they usually make contact through mailings first. Suspicions of fraud should be reported to Social Security as soon as possible to better the chances of making things right.

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The Social Security Fraud hotline is 1-800-269-0271. Myers also encourages anyone wanting information from Social Security to visit www.socialsecuirty.gov.

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