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PayPal Breach: What Do I Do If Someone Stole My Social Security Number?

In a perfect world our personal information, like our Social Security number, is confidential and secure. But accidents happen and data breaches can occur at any time, leaving your identity information compromised and at risk of fraud or theft. 

In December, the Social Security numbers of over 35,000 PayPal users were stolen in a cyberattack, leaving critical personal information in the hands of cyber hackers and thieves.

These sorts of hacks happen frequently, and in their aftermath, identity theft can have a long-lasting impact on a person’s credit score. 

But just because it’s a constant threat doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to protect yourself. Here’s how to keep your personal information safe and what to do if your Social Security number has been stolen. 

For more on Social Security, here’s when you can expect your January Social Security check to arrive in the mail and whether you need to file a tax return if you receive Social Security benefits.

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