Resulting Damage From Data Breaches
Stolen Social Security numbers can be used for a variety of illegal activities such as opening new credit card accounts in the victim's name, which results in the criminal's payment history appearing on the victim's credit report. Other illegal activities include opening phone accounts in the victim's name, running up charges on the victim's existing account, getting utility services in the victim's name, taking loans out in the victim's name, and getting a driver's license or official ID card issued in the victim's name using the criminal's picture.
Criminals who steal Social Security numbers can also try to use them to fraudulently receive governmental benefits, land a job, get a fraudulent tax return, rent a house or get medical services-all in the victim's name. Thieves can even try to use bogus Social Security numbers during police interrogations to avoid prosecution or arrest.