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Aug 25, 2016 ... Identity theft occurs when someone steals your personally identifiable information and pretends to be you. They can use this information to open bank or credit card accounts, file taxes, or make new purchases in your name. It is important that you take steps to protect your Social Security number from theft.


Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. A dishonest person who has your Social Security number can use it to get other personal information about you. Identity thieves can use your number and your good credit to apply for more credit in your name. Then, they use the credit cards and don't pay the bills, ...


In an effort to curtail identity theft, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is initiating a public information program to encourage the use of alternate identifiers in place of the Social .... Because the Internet is not secure, please do not send any personal information, especially social security numbers, in your feedback.


Oct 10, 2017 ... However, there are things you can do to keep your Social Security number safe and limit the risk that a stolen Social Security number can be used against you. Here's how to keep your Social Security information secure. Create a my Social Security account. Workers age 18 and older are eligible to create a ...


Sep 15, 2017 ... This is in addition to our first layer of security, a username and password. You can choose either your cell phone number or your email address as your second identification method. Using two ways to identify you when you sign on will help protect your account from unauthorized use and potential identity ...


Apr 24, 2013 ... “Of any piece of personal information, the Social Security number is the most critical to safeguard,” says Lisa Schifferle, an attorney in the Federal Trade Commission's Division of Privacy and Identity Protection. “It's the golden ticket to identity theft,” she says, adding that government watchdogs field more ...


Aug 19, 2010 ... A Social Security number is a federally issued number used to identify consumers for tax, employment and credit purposes. Safeguarding this personal information can protect...


Sep 20, 2017 ... They're supposed to be the nine most closely guarded numbers in your life. But with an ever-growing number of companies asking for Social Security numbers — and then hit by cyber breaches exposing them — experts say the Social Security number is clearly a flawed way to accurately identify someone.


Feb 12, 2016 ... While you are protecting your own Social Security number, make sure you are equally watchful about your children's numbers. This is most often an issue at the doctor's office. Fortunately, most medical facilities are more than happy to use an insurance account number instead of your SSN or your child's.