provided by Published 9:00 am CDT, Friday, November 2, 2018 MoneyTips Do you monitor your Social Security number for any signs of fraudulent use? A new survey suggests you think that you should, but you probably don't. According to the 2018 Capital One Credit Protection and Security Survey, only one in seven Americans uses a service to monitor activity on their Social Security number – but just over half of Americans who don't use a monitoring service think they should use one. Why is Social Security monitoring so important? Your Social Security number is your most important and most often-used identifier. Criminals can use your Social Security number to apply for credit in your name. Without monitoring services, you may not realize your Social Security number has been abused until you're confronted with major unpaid bills and ruined credit. Because of their versatility in identity theft scams, Social Security numbers are highly prized pieces of information. … [Read more...] about Only 1 Out Of 7 Monitors Their Social Security Number Online
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Hope Miller, KCRA Published 3:57 pm PDT, Thursday, September 13, 2018 More than 1,000 pieces of stolen identification from people across the United States were found in an initial search of Jerry Callis' home in the 9000 block of Montoya Street. More than 1,000 pieces of stolen identification from people across the United States were found in an initial search of Jerry Callis' home in the 9000 block of Montoya Street. Photo: Sacramento County Click through to see violent crimes reported by Bay Area cities in 2016, starting with the cities that reported the highest incidents of violent crime. Statistics from the FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2016. Click through to see violent crimes reported by Bay Area cities in 2016, starting with the cities that reported the highest incidents of violent crime. Statistics from the FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2016. … [Read more...] about 10,000 stolen Social Security numbers recovered in arrest
provided by Published 9:00 am CDT, Friday, July 27, 2018 MoneyTips Congratulations! You're the proud parent of a newborn bundle of joy. Many things are swirling through your head right now, especially if this is your first child. Acquiring a Social Security Number (SSN) for your child is probably not near the top of your priority list, and it probably shouldn't be – but don't let a Social Security number slip through the cracks. An SSN provides an important identity reference for your child throughout his or her life, and you may need his or her SSN for tax purposes, medical coverage, and government services. The simplest way to acquire your child's SSN is to fill out a birth registration form. Normally, you will be provided a form at the hospital while the mother is still registered as a patient. Simply check the box on that form requesting a SSN and provide the Social Security number of both parents. If a parental Social Security number is unknown, you may … [Read more...] about How To Get Your Child A Social Security Number
Minnesota is inching forward on a yearslong, major project to beef up security for everyone with a driver’s license, tax form, or Social Security number stored on a state computer. So pretty much all of us. The state needs $10.6 million — and has so for several years — to get it done. It’s gotten $0 from the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton. Members of the Republican-controlled Legislature and Dayton, a Democrat, have blamed each other for what has become, for three years in a row, a casualty of the often-political and acrimonious budget process. RELATED: What’s it like inside Minnesota’s most secure computer room? Meanwhile, MNIT, the state’s information technology agency, has quietly plodded ahead in small steps that began years before, with the hope, officials say, of staying ahead of a successful cyberattack, which could cost taxpayers millions of dollars, as well as untold inconvenience. State computers contain tax forms (including … [Read more...] about Our driver’s licenses and Social Security numbers are on these servers. The state wants to make them safer.
Ever since Equifax lost control of millions of Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, names, dates of birth and other sensitive personal information in a massive data breach last year, the credit-reporting agency has gradually upped its estimates of the number of people affected. First it was 143 million consumers, then it was 145 million and finally 147 million. But now, in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company is offering its most detailed analysis to date -- disclosing not only how many consumers it believes were hit but also the breakdown of which types of information were most likely to have been lost. Although the report does not identify new or additional victims, it marks the first time Equifax has provided such granular detail about the scope of the compromised data. Names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers were by far the most common type of data stolen by the attackers, Equifax said. Mailing addresses, phone numbers and just … [Read more...] about Equifax breakdown: 145 million Social Security numbers, 99 million addresses lost to hackers