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By Lou Marzeles

From the Stupid Scams department


(Note: this story ran last week, but the jump to the inside page didn’t make it. Because of frequent calls to see the entire story, we’re running it again this week, all on the same page.)

Did you get a call from the Department of Stupid Scams?

Well, that’s not what they say when they call. They say they’re calling from the Department of Social Security Administration (major spoiler: there’s no such entity), and they’re intent is to make you very socially insecure. They want you so scared, you’ll share your most financially sensitive information with them.

The real Social Security is just called the Social Security Administration (no “department” in front of it), and com...

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