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Beware of fake NYS retirement apps

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Q :

There’s a mobile app available through the Google Play store called “NYS Retirement.” Is it affiliated with the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System?

A :

No. Do not download or use this fraudulent app. It’s not affiliated with NYSTRS and may be an attempt to steal your personal data. If you think your personal identity has been compromised, contact NYSTRS immediately at 800-348-7298, ext. 6190. They can discuss options for adding a “theft of ID” flag to your system account so staff will take extra steps to authenticate your identity before sharing specific information over the phone or processing any transactions.

Q :

Well, that’s good information to know. Are there any other scams or pitfalls I should be on the lookout for when it comes to my retirement benefits?

A :

Unfortunately, there are. Financial planners often reach out to members offering retirement preparation services and claiming to be TRS experts. Although they might be reputable financial planners, these people aren’t NYSTRS representatives and the information they provide might not be accurate.

The only people you should trust when it comes to your pension are verified NYSTRS employees or members of its board, such as NYSUT’s retiree and in-service teacher representatives. Feel free to work with a certified financial planner to map out your future. But when it comes to your pension benefit, get your information from only one place: NYSTRS.

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Did you know?

The New York State Teachers’ Retirement System online portal is only available to active members and retirees. If you are a representative for a retiree or an active member, contact the system for instructions.