Experian extends fraud prevention support across new online services available
through U.S. Social Security Administration
Experian authenticates the identities of Social Security beneficiaries and
supplemental income recipients, enabling them to securely access their
verification letter, payment history and earnings record online
COSTA MESA, Calif., Jan. 23, 2013
COSTA MESA, Calif., Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Experian^® today announced
that it is extending its Precise ID^SM identity proofing and fraud prevention
services that securely authenticate and safeguard the identities of consumers
who create an online my Social Security account to access their Social
Security earnings and benefit information. An online my Social Security
account allows individuals beginning in their working years and continuing
throughout the time they receive benefits to have access to and control over
their personal Social Security information.
In support of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) expansion of its
services available through the online my Social Securityaccount, Experian's
identity proofing and fraud prevention capabilities will be utilized to
authenticate and safeguard the identities of the more than 60 million Social
Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients.
These consumers now can access their benefit verification letter, which serves
as proof of income to secure loans, mortgages and other housing, and state or
Additionally, people use the letter to prove current Medicare health insurance
coverage, retirement or disability status, and age. Experian's identity
proofing and fraud prevention services also will be used by Social Security
beneficiaries to securely and instantly access payment history and earnings
record using their online account, as well as change their address and start
or change direct deposit information online.
"We are proud to continue to work with SSA to provide secure identity proofing
capabilities in support of their expanded services available through the
online my Social Securityaccount," said Barbara Rivera, president and general
manager, Experian's public sectorbusiness. "I also encourage people of all
ages to take advantage of the important online services and new features
available through an onlinemy Social Securityaccount. The planning that you
can do with this innovative online tool is truly remarkable."
Individuals age 18 and older can sign up for an account
atwww.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Once there, they must be able to provide
information about themselves and answers to questions that only they are
likely to know.After completing the Experian secure authentication process,
people can create amy Social Security account with a unique user name and
password to access their information. Those people not yet receiving Social
Security benefits can use their online account to access their Social Security
Statement, which provides estimates of future benefits, their earnings
history, and the estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes they paid.
According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), users are giving
the onlineStatementa score of 89 — making it competitive with Social
Security's other top-rated, best-in-government online services, such as the
Retirement Estimator and online retirement application. The ACSI tracks trends
in customers' satisfaction and provides valuable benchmarking insights for
companies and government agencies.
For more information, please go towww.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.
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and analytical tools to clients around the world. The Group helps businesses
to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate
decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit report
and credit score, and protect against identity theft.
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