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What is
SSN Theft?

SSN theft or fraud is a type of a scam or crime that is a result of identity theft or other identity breach incidents. SSN fraud mostly affects people's financial well being and is a growing problem. Many financial scams could result in making you a victim of identity theft which could lead to substantial monetary loss. These types of fraud can also affect credit scores and credit records, which harms your ability to open new accounts or access credit lines.

What is SSN Theft?
SSN Theft

SSN Theft

This type of fraud is very common on the Internet. It provides an opportunity for the thieves to steal your money and take control of your financial accounts. There are numerous ways SSN theft can happen. The most common ways are website and account hacks that steal your personal information and provide the criminals with data to open new accounts in your name.

SSN Phishing

SSN Phishing

There are multiple ways for scammers to send out realistically looking scam emails or notifications that prompt users for their private information. Once the user fills out any of the scam forms, the identity thieves would take the information to perpetrate fraud and to start stealing from your accounts.

Stolen Accounts

Stolen Accounts

Nowadays, new technology makes it easier to create websites and other applications that could appear legitimate but in essence are just fraud services that prey on unsuspecting customers. The moment that a user fills out or submits any forms with their personal information, it is being intercepted by the scammers and used in an illegitimate manner for their financial gain.

Credit Card Fraud

Credit Card Fraud

Credit or Debit card fraud involves digital or physical theft of your account information, including your social security number to illegally duplicate your credit information or to open new accounts in your name. Once thieves get a hold of your SSN it is very easy for them to perpetrate identity theft and to steal from your financial accounts.

SSN Takeover

SSN Takeover

Most serious types of SSN fraud involve SSN or credit account takeovers, where financial scammers take full control of your stolen personal information and details to control your open accounts. They would quickly deplete these accounts of any available funds and try to open new ones, as long as they are not caught or the financial institutions are not informed in time that these scams are taking place.

Counterfeit SSN Cards

Counterfeit SSN Cards

Identity thieves could take your real social security number and try to make a new physical or digital representation of it to use for their scam purposes. They could open almost any type of a new account by pretending to be you and using your real SSN. It's very important to keep an eye on your credit and identity health to quickly identify if there's any unauthorized activity going on.

SSN & Financial Crimes

SSN & Financial Crimes

Financial crimes connected to stolen SSNs are very prevalent in today's digital environment. Many online scams target unsuspecting users to try to lure you to give up as much personal information as possible. Be wary of any unfamiliar websites, web services, emails, or other types of notifications that look sketchy or amateurish, and lack proper contact information or other verifications that the business or service is legitimate.

Personal Account Breaches

Personal Account Breaches

SSN theft can occur when any one of your personal accounts is subject to a data breach online. During the breach, many types of information could be exposed or stolen, including your social security number. It is important to verify that your personal information is protected and that none of your accounts was involved in any type of data breach or information leak in the past.

How Can I Protect Myself Against SSN Theft?

Keep Your SSN Private Keep Your SSN Private

We strongly recommend that you keep all your personal information private, such as your SSN, or any identifiable pieces of data from your account records, including bank records, account numbers, routing numbers, address, zip code, name and contact info, and other personal data.

Safeguard Login Credentials Safeguard Login Credentials

Always keep your PINs secret. Never disclose your passwords to anyone and update them frequently. Create complicated passwords and never use any of your personal data in your password or PIN combinations.

Use Safe Websites & Services Use Safe Websites & Services

Always make sure that any website or online service that you frequent is utilizing the latest security protections and certificates that allow for safe and secure personal data exchanges and storage. Do not send your personal details by email or text, and never fill out or submit any forms on sites that you do not recognize.

Check for Breaches Regularly Check for Breaches Regularly

Use our free scan to see if any information about you and your accounts seems out of place, incorrect or suspicious. We recommend that you regularly scan your personal details to see if your information has been breached or exposed.

Keep a Lookout for Exposed Data Keep a Lookout for Exposed Data

The more information available about you online, the higher the chance that some scammer will use it against you. To avoid financial scams, we recommend checking how much of your personal information is considered exposed on the Internet.

Use Identity Theft Monitoring Use Identity Theft Monitoring

The best way to keep an eye on your information and other personal data is to use an online identity monitoring service. You will receive notifications and alerts every time a breach or exposure of your personal information occurs, or your details are found on scam sites. Prevent becoming a victim of financial scams by proactively monitoring your identity.

Popular Questions About SSN Theft

How likely am I to become a victim of SSN theft?

Almost 1 in 4 people are affected by identity fraud, and a large part of identity theft is financial fraud. Unfortunately, the chances of the average person experiencing financial scams are very high. We strongly recommend a free scan to check on what information is available out there on the Internet about you.

Can SSN theft result in a monetary loss?

Yes, many financial scams perpetrated on the Internet cost consumers a lot of time and money to identify and resolve. They can also result in huge financial losses and stolen money or other various personal assets.

Can I protect against all SSN theft?

There is no way to protect yourself 100% from all scams. However, an excellent way to be proactive is to sign up for identity monitoring that notifies you when your personal information shows up on scam sites. This way, you can keep an eye on what is happening with your data and take precautionary measures if you suspect unauthorized activity.

Does Identity Monitoring help identify SSN theft?

Identity monitoring cannot protect you from all SSN fraud or financial scams, but it will provide you with a very valuable tool to watch your personal information and to identify any potentially harmful situations that may result in a financial loss.

What to do if I am a victim of SSN theft?

If you think you have been a victim of a financial scam, you must notify your financial institutions immediately, place a freeze or hold on any of your accounts and credit records, and go through your financial statements to identify any damage done or money stolen.

What are the signs of SSN theft?

The most obvious signs are unauthorized transactions in your bank accounts and credit or debit card accounts. Look for unexpected notifications or messages from your financial institutions, letters, and emails that you do not recognize or have requested, incorrect or erroneous financial information on your accounts and other records that look suspicious.

Is your SSN scan tool free to use?

To check the health of your identity and associated private information, you can run a free SSN scan and receive a complimentary quick summary of what is available about you and what types of personal records are exposed on the Internet. The scan is free; if you want to take advantage of all our benefits and alerts, you can sign up and pay a minimal monthly fee.

How easy is it to detect SSN theft?

Usually, financial scams are difficult to detect because the victim is not aware that the fraud is occurring. The best way to ensure your information stays secure is to take a proactive approach, check all your accounts for any suspicious activity, and use an identity monitoring service for regular financial alerts.

Can identity monitoring & protection help avoid SSN theft?

Identity monitoring and protection cannot protect against all financial threats and scams, but it will give you a valuable tool to use to monitor your information and get access to alerts and notifications if your data becomes compromised.

What is included in your identity and credit monitoring service?

Our identity and credit protection service gives you access to regular credit information and reports, credit restoration service, regular alerts, and notifications if your information is found on scam sites, along with other useful tools included with our membership services.

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