Targets Elderly African Americans
for Newly Approved Slave Reparations!
Claim $5,000 in Social Security Reimbursements!
with these instructions, circulating in many Southern and Midwestern
African-American communities, are attempting to trick people into
revealing personal identifying information that could, in turn,
cost them money or damage their credit ratings.
flyers, distributed in churches or placed on the windshields of
parked cars or bulletin boards in senior centers and nursing homes,
claim that African Americans born before 1928 may be eligible for
slave reparations under a so-called "Slave Reparation Act"
and that those born between 1917 and 1926 can apply for Social Security
funds they are due because of a "fix" in the Social Security
to law enforcement officials, the claims are false. They are being
made by skilled identity thieves, who are asking people to reveal
their name, address, phone number, birthdate and Social Security
number in order to access their credit cards or open accounts under
their names without their permission or knowledge.
you receive a flyer promoting slave reparations or Social Security
reimbursements, you should report it to your local law enforcement
agency or state Attorney General, the Social Security Administration
or the Federal Trade Commission at its toll-free Identity Theft
you minimize your risk of identity theft? Managing your personal
information wisely, cautiously and with increased sensitivity, you
may be able to thwart an identity thief. It is recommended that
reveal your personal identifying information unless you know exactly
who you're dealing with and how it will be used.
Verify the details with any government agency that's involved in
an offer. You can find the phone number for every government agency
in the blue pages of your telephone book.
Read all your bills carefully. Call your creditors to dispute any
charge you didn't make or authorize.
Order a copy of your credit report every year from each of the three
major credit reporting agencies to verify that your credit information
is accurate. (You can reach Equifax at 1-800-685-1111, www.equifax.com;
Experian at 1-888-397-3742, www.experian.com; and Trans Union at