Scammers can exploit the last four digits of your SSN and DOB to steal your identity in a variety of ways. With this information, fraudsters can steal your money, open credit card accounts, deprive you of your hard-earned benefits, and use your identity in illicit operations. It's best not to give out your SSN or DOB under any circumstances.
If someone else has been given access to your SSN and/or DOB, they could use this information to commit identity theft against you. For example, let's say that your SSN is 123-45-6789 and your DOB is 12/31/1975. If someone else had this information they could create a fake website using your name and steal your identity.
Social security numbers are used as identification numbers for government benefit programs such as Social Security and Medicare. They are also used by many private companies for employment purposes. Before they are issued, all new employees are required to complete an Employment Eligibility Form (EEF) in order to verify their eligibility for a job. This form includes questions about the employee's name, birth date, social security number, and other information relevant to determining their eligibility. A sample version of this form is included in the Resources section at the end of this article.
A thief with your Social Security number might use it to obtain additional sensitive information about you. Identity thieves can use your social security number and good credit to apply for further credit in your name. Then, if they use the credit cards and do not pay the bills, their credit suffers. You could end up with less money available to you when applying for other items or services.
However, because of the power of search engines and how modern technology works, it is difficult for an identity thief to use your social security number alone. They would need your full name, date of birth, address, phone numbers, and email address to commit these crimes. This means that even if your social security number is stolen, it is not as dangerous as you might think. There are measures you can take to make it harder for others to use your information, such as changing your password or filing a police report.
A Social Security number can be used to steal your identity (also known as identity theft) in order to conduct fraud, create new credit and bank accounts, acquire medical treatment and other benefits, and find work. Social Security numbers were originally issued to identify workers who were eligible for federal employment benefits; however, they have since become widely used as a means of identifying individuals for various other purposes.
Social Security numbers are used by many organizations and government agencies. They are useful tools that allow these groups to identify people who may not otherwise be identified or found. However, because everyone knows how to look up a person's SSN on the Internet, it is important for individuals to take steps to prevent their numbers from being stolen. Theft can happen when someone obtains your SSN through any number of ways, such as by hacking into databases or stealing mail with personal information. If your number is stolen, it can be used against you. Depending on what type of account is using your number, this could mean losing your job, having your credit score lowered, being denied insurance coverage, or having money taken out of your account without your permission.
It is very important that individuals protect their SSNs because they have a value even if you never use your credits or debit card for purchases. Your SSN is still needed to open a bank account or get certain types of insurance.