Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Michelle Singletary Washington Post June 08, 2018 WASHINGTON — Social Security and retirement go together like peanut butter and jelly — many people just can’t have one without the other.Yet when it comes to Social Security, there is a mountain of anxiety about how it factors into retirement plans, especially for the millions of people who depend on it as their only source of income.Politically, Social Security is often vilified as an entitlement program that costs taxpayers too much. And there’s concern that it’s in danger of running out of money. Advertisement Let’s take a look at that last point. Social Security does have some big funding issues, according to the just-released annual trustees report. Over the program’s 83-year history, Social Security has collected about $20.9 trillion and paid out $18 trillion. … [Read more...] about Worried about cuts to Social Security?
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Facebook users in the U.S. who want to buy certain ads will now have to provide the last four digits of their Social Security number. This applies to ads about political campaigns, guns, abortion, immigration and more.Those who want to buy these kinds of ads will also need to give Facebook a picture of a government-issued ID and provide a U.S. mailing address.Facebook says it will use all this information to confirm the ad buyer's identity and then delete it.The company also says approved ads will be identified with a "paid for by" tag.Trending stories at Newsy.com … [Read more...] about Facebook Asks Ad Buyers For Social Security Numbers
Facebook users in the United States who want to run certain ads on the platform will need to hand over the last four digits of their social security number and a picture of a government-issued ID.The social network now requires anyone who wants to run ads related to political campaigns, civil rights, immigration, guns, economy, and other issues, to prove they're in the United States. Part of the proof required is the last four digits of your Social Security number.The move is part of a series of initiatives by Facebook to increase transparency on the platform after a Russian government-linked troll group spent thousands of rubles on Facebook ads targeting Americsans ahead of the 2016 presidential election.In addition to a Social Security number, users wishing to buy ads will need to provide a picture of a government-issued ID and a US mailing address. Once Facebook verifies the information submitted, the company will mail a code to the provided address to … [Read more...] about Facebook now requires your Social Security number to buy political ads
Identity theft, or identity fraud, once meant crooks were churning out fake credit cards. But as that became easier to detect, a more insidious crime has evolved: the creation of completely new identities.Known as “synthetic identity theft,” it involves fraudsters using a combination of fake information, such as a fictitious name, and real data, like a child’s Social Security number, to create fraudulent accounts.It is a growing problem, says Eva Casey-Velasquez, president and CEO of the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center.But the scope of the problem is difficult to determine because the crime can go undetected for years, she says. However, the rate of children’s identity theft was more than 50 times that of adults, according to a 2011 report by Carnegie Mellon University’s CyLab, which studied the identities of over 40,000 children. And that report was published before a change in the way Social Security numbers are issued … [Read more...] about How thieves are creating false identities using your child’s Social Security number
College students studying to become social workers applied their lessons in the real world during a block party Thursday evening at a south Tulsa apartment complex known for its crime rate.More than 20 human services students at Tulsa Community College partnered with current social workers to provide food, support and information on local resources to residents of the Savanna Landing apartments, 1111 E. 60th St. They were joined by a modest number of students from Oral Roberts University, Northeastern State University, the University of Oklahoma, East Central University and Northwestern Oklahoma State University.The students played games, like bean-bag toss and cakewalk, with the neighborhood kids and supplied the adults with vegetable seeds to plant in several community garden boxes recently installed at Savanna Landing.“This is what we call a classroom without walls,” said Sharolyn Wallace, associate professor of human services at TCC. “The students are able to put … [Read more...] about College students apply social work lessons at 61st and Peoria block party