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Scraping Social Security Numbers on the Web

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One of the most accredited forms of validation for a citizen’s identity is a Social Security Number. A Social Security Number is a significant piece of government-issued identification in the United States. When this information is compromised, it can lead to serious problems where an individual to impersonate someone.

A citizen may never know that their Social Security Number has been compromised, but even if they do, it can still take several months (or years) to obtain a new one. When a Social Security Number is compromised, whether it’s known or not, a malicious entity can leverage it to impersonate them to achieve various goals including utilizing their health care and opening credit lines.

The most important steps to take once it is believed that a Social Security Number has been compromised is to first file an identity theft report with the local police. Secondly, place a fraud alert on your credit file indicating that a potential identity theft has occurred. This...(continued)

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