NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
December 4, 2006
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420


     Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris is warning the public about a new email scam that is being circulated under the title "Cost-of-Living for 2007 Update".

    Social Security's Inspector General's Office says the message redirects readers to a phony website designed to look like Social Security's Internet website. Once there, the individual's asked to register by giving out personal information such as his or her Social Security number, bank account information, and credit card information.

    If you receive such an email message or anything si mil ar, please report it to Social Security's Office of Inspector General hotline at 1-800-269-0271.

    You can also use a Public Fraud Reporting Form that is available online at OIG's website