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November 10, 2006

Dear Annie Armen LIVE (AAL) Talk Radio Family:

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has issued an important
fraud alert involving a hoax e-mail message that is apparently circulating widely.
SSA's Press Release below ... Please inform your friends, family, and loved ones.

Annie Armen LIVE Talk Radio acknowledges Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
for sending this most important information our way. Thank you.

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PUBLIC WARNED ABOUT E-MAIL SCAM

Tuesday, November 7, 2006
SOCIAL SECURITY News Release

Jo Anne Barnhart, Commissioner of Social Security, and
Patrick O’Carroll, Jr., Inspector General of Social Security,
issued a warning today about a new email scam that has
surfaced recently.

The Agency has received several reports of an email message
being circulated with the subject “Cost-of-Living for 2007
update” and purporting to be from the Social Security
Administration. The message provides information about
the 3.3 percent benefit increase for 2007 and contains
the following “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.” The reader is then directed to a website
designed to look like Social Security’s Internet website.

“I am outraged that someone would target an unsuspecting
public in this manner,” said Commissioner Barnhart. “I have
asked the Inspector General to use all the resources at
his command to find and prosecute whoever is perpetrating
this fraud.”

Once directed to the phony website, the individual is asked
to register for a password and to confirm their identity
by providing personal information such as the individual’s
Social Security number, bank account information and credit
card information.

Inspector General O’Carroll recommends people always take
precautions when giving out personal information. “You should
never provide your Social Security number or other personal
information over the Internet or by telephone unless you are
extremely confident of the source to whom you are providing
the information,” O’Carroll said.

To report receipt of this email message or other suspicious
activity to Social Security’s Office of Inspector General,
please call the OIG Hotline at 1-800-269-0271. (If you are
deaf or hard of hearing, call the OIG TTY number at
1-866-501-2101). A Public Fraud Reporting form is also
available online at OIG’s website www.socialsecurity.gov/oig.

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Note: Copies of most SSA press releases, as well as other
Social Security information and statistics, are available at SSA's Internet site,
Social Security Online, at http://www.socialsecurity.gov.

SSA Press Office 440 Altmeyer Bldg. 6401 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21235
410-965-8904 FAX 410-966-9973

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