Being the butt of an April fool’s joke is fine when it is good-natured fun. However, no one wants to fall victim to a scam artist or identity thief.
You may think you are safe simply by not carrying your Social Security card with you and not providing your personal information over the Internet or by email. But scam artists have become shrewd. Be careful replying to an email claiming to be from Social Security and asking for your Social Security number or personal information.
Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in America. If you think you have been the victim of an identity thief, you should contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft.