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Doug Shadel, one of the country's foremost experts on fraud, said people should be especially aware of scammers during the COVID-19 outbreak, and the holiday season when people are anxious and do a lot of shopping.
Residential Area In Winter
With average low temperatures ranging from the single digits to highs in the 20s Fahrenheit in North Dakota in December and January, it’s not too early to budget for and explore programs that are available to help pay winter heating bills.
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If you need to replace your lost or misplaced Social Security card, our online application makes getting a replacement card easier than ever.  Requesting a card replacement online is available if you live in the District of Columbia or one of the 45 states that can verify state ID information for us.  If you’re only requesting a replacement card and you’re making no changes, you may be able to use our free online service.
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The Social Security Administration has begun the initial rollout of its new electronic Consent Based Social Security Number (SSN) Verification (eCBSV) service.  The agency is rolling out the service to selected participants through 2020, and plans on expanding the number of users in 2021.
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Even during the coronavirus pandemic, AARP Iowa is encouraging local groups to schedule virtual Fraud Watch Network presentations.
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In November, we show gratitude for the many things we are thankful for throughout the year.  Family usually tops the list.  The strong women in our lives are one of the central figures we appreciate.
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Financial exploitation is the most common form of elder abuse in the U.S., and the average victim loses $120,000. We also know this crime is severely under-reported.
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Scammers are always looking to capture people’s personal information, and Social Security numbers are highly valuable.
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