The odds of someone using your Social Security number to conduct identity theft crimes are higher than you think. In 2015, a lead data scientist at Verizon estimated that up to 80% of Social Security numbers had already been stolen by cybercriminals.
While having your SSN and other personally identifiable information (PII) exposed or sold on underground forums on the dark web doesn’t immediately foretell a fraud case, a compromised SSN can become highly problematic when paired with identifiers. Here’s what fraudsters and criminals can do with your SSN:
Illicit dark web marketplaces and forums ooze stolen and compromised PII, including SSNs sold to the highest bidders. The best way to find out if your SSN has been leaked online is to check if your data was part of a data breach. Additionally, you may have received a data notification letter from a breached company, which should specify what type of information was involved.
If your info ends up on the dark web or is stolen during a social engineering attack, safeguarding your digital privacy and financial security should become a top priority. Start by:
Pro tip: Manually monitoring for data breaches and tracking any outgoings to mitigate any financial risks can be time consuming and exhausting.
Bitdefender Ultimate Security (US only) can help you steer clear of cyber threats and keep your personal data and identity safe, with features like:
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