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Don't get caught in these 15 Social Security scams

GOBankingRates Logo By Michael Keenan of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 16: <p>By now, you probably know not to hand over your Social Security number when a Nigerian prince emails you saying you're next in line to the throne, or your long-lost great uncle has millions of dollars he wants to wire to your bank account. Doing so opens you up to a host of identity theft concerns.</p><p>However, there are other less obvious times you could be at risk by giving your Social Security number out. You can <a href="https://www.gobankingrates.com/personal-finance/protect-bank-account-identity-thief-steals-social-security-number/">recover after your SSN is stolen</a>, but it's a hassle that no one wants to deal with. Be wary of the following situations, as they could open you up to Social Security fraud. </p>

How identity thieves get your Social Security number

By now, you probably know not to hand over your Social Security number when a Nigerian prince emails you saying you're next in line to the throne, or your long-lost great uncle has millions of dollars he wants to wire to your bank account. Doing so opens you up to a host of identity theft concerns.

However, there are other less obvious times you could be at risk by giving your Social Security number out. You can recover after your SSN is stolen, but it's a hassle that no one wants to deal with. Be wary of the following situations, as they could open you up to Social Security fraud.

Click ahead for 15 Social Security scams you need to watch out for.

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