Table of Contents
- 1 What info can someone get from your Social Security number?
- 2 What information do hackers need to steal your identity?
- 3 What do you do if someone hacks your Social Security number?
- 4 How much information does a scammer need?
- 5 How do you check if your identity has been stolen?
- 6 How do I stop someone from using my Social Security number?
What info can someone get from your Social Security number?
Once someone has your Social Security number, they can essentially become you. They may be able to collect tax refunds, collect benefits and income, commit crimes, make purchases, set up phone numbers and websites, establish residences, and use health insurance—all in your name.
What information do hackers need to steal your identity?
Identity theft begins when someone takes your personally identifiable information such as your name, Social Security Number, date of birth, your mother’s maiden name, and your address to use it, without your knowledge or permission, for their personal financial gain.
What can someone do with the last four digits of your Social Security number?
As long as a hacker or scammer has access to other personal information such as your name and address, they can use the last four digits of your SSN (in most cases) to open accounts in your name, steal your money and government benefits, or even get healthcare and tax refunds in your name.
What can a scammer do with your name and Social Security number?
Hackers can use your SSN to get credit cards in your name. It is possible for a hacker to get a credit card with just your name, address and Social Security number. Once the credit cards are in place, fraudsters can run up a lot of debt.
What do you do if someone hacks your Social Security number?
Report the theft of the Social Security number to the IRS at http://www.irs.gov/identity-theft-central. You can also call 1-800-908-4490. That will prevent tax-fraud thieves from filing tax returns in your name — and collecting your tax refund.
How much information does a scammer need?
Much like a Social Security number, a thief only needs your name and credit card number to go on a spending spree. Many merchants, particularly online, also ask for your credit card expiration date and security code. But not all do, which opens an opportunity for the thief.
How can I find out if someone is using my identity?
at 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338) or go to: www.identitytheft.gov/ To order a copy of your Social Security Administration earnings and benefits statement, or to check whether someone has used your Social Security number to get a job or to avoid paying taxes, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/statement/.
How do you know if someone is using your Social Security number?
To check to see if someone is using your SSN, consider checking your credit report. You can do this online through AnnualCreditReport.com, the only authorized website for free credit reports. You can also use the Annual Credit Report phone number (1-877-322-8228) to request your credit report.
How do you check if your identity has been stolen?
How to check if your identity has been stolen
- Check your credit card statements and bank account. If you notice any suspicious activity, alert your bank or credit union right away.
- Run a credit report. U.S. citizens are entitled to a free one every 12 months.
- Monitor your finances closely.
How do I stop someone from using my Social Security number?
It’s a one-stop resource managed by the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency. You can also call 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338); TTY 1-866-653-4261. or call 1-800-908-4490. Also, you should file an online complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at www.ic3.gov.