Unfortunately, the holidays are marred by an increase in fraudulent activity. STRS Ohio wants to remind you that STRS Ohio will never blindly solicit or request personal/confidential information from members via the Internet, email, phone, mail or home visit. If you are contacted and asked to disclose personal information like your Social Security number, date of birth, account information or other confidential information, it is likely some type of “phishing” scam by a hacker or third party trying to obtain sensitive information about you. STRS Ohio recommends you never provide confidential information to any individual or site where you did not initiate the contact by typing in the website’s address, or by calling or visiting the specific organization. If in doubt about an email, unsolicited phone call or visitor related to STRS Ohio, contact the Member Services Center toll-free at 888‑227‑7877.