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Tips When Applying for Social Security Survivor Benefits

Social Security Survivor Benefits provide payments to your spouse and surviving children, and potentially others like your ex-spouse.

For example, your surviving spouse can receive reduced benefits as early as age 60. Your surviving spouse can also receive benefits as early as age 50 if they are disabled.

Your surviving spouse can also receive benefits if they are taking care of your surviving children.

Your unmarried surviving children who are under 18 (up to age 19 if attending elementary or secondary school full time) can be eligible to receive Social Security benefits when you die.

If you have a surviving divorced spouse, he or she could get the same benefits as your widow or widower provided that your marriage lasted 10 years or more before the divorce.


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Do Not Click on Links in Emails from "Equifax"

If you receive an email from "Equifax", be very careful about clicking any links in the email. It could be a phishing attack.

As a result of the recent Equifax leak of 143 million Social Security numbers, criminals see the leak as an excuse to tempt people into clicking on "helpful" links from Equifax.

Be very careful about clicking links in emails that you receive.

Fast Facts About Social Security - 2017

Fast Facts About Social Security - 2017 Edition

* 66 million Americans receive Social Security benefits

* 5.5 million new Social Security beneficiaries in 2016

* 62 percent of aged beneficiaries received at least half their income from Social Security

* 54.2 is average age for Social Security disability beneficiaries

https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/chartbooks/fast_facts/2017/fast_facts17.pdf

Equifax to Offer Free "Credit Freeze" Service After Security Breach

After the massive security leak of 143 million Social Security numbers at credit reporting agency Equifax, the company has announced that it will not charge for "credit freeze" requests for the next 30 days.

Here's where you can sign up for a credit freeze at the big three reporting agencies :

https://www.freeze.equifax.com/Freeze/jsp/SFF_PersonalIDInfo.jsp


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