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The FBI warns that 24 MILLION Social Security numbers were sold online for $19 million when the online black market was raided

CYBER CRIMINALS HAVE SOLD SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS ON THE BLACK MARKET – HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

On Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced that it had infiltrated an online marketplace that offered more than 20 million Social Security numbers for sale.

The FBI, DoJ and IRS shut down a black market organization trying to sell millions of Social Security Numbers (SSNs).

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The FBI, DoJ and IRS shut down a black market organization trying to sell millions of Social Security Numbers (SSNs).Photo credit: Getty

The operation was carried out in conjunction with the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the IRS, all of which worked in tandem with local police in Cyprus and Latvia.

Dubbed SSNDOB, the black market organization comprised numerous websites that have been used for years to sell the personal information of individuals living in the United States.

Such sensitive information includes names, dates of birth and social security numbers.

The FBI said the SSNDOB marketplace currently had the personal information of approximately 24 million people listed when they seized it.

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In a statement, the DoJ revealed that the illegal operation had generated more than $19 million in sales proceeds.

The extensive black market operations

SSNDOB administrators advertised their services on dark web forums to attract customers.

They also provided customer support and regularly monitored the sites, including tracking when shoppers deposited funds into their accounts, the DoJ said.

In addition, the site operators “use various techniques to protect their anonymity and to prevent their activities from being discovered”.

This included using unique online names, maintaining servers in different countries, and enforcing buyers to use cryptocurrencies as a means of payment.

The Shutdown

On June 7, 2022, seizure orders were executed against four SSNDOB marketplace domain names, including ssndob.ws, ssndob.vip, ssndob.club, and blackjob.biz.

The investigation was led by Assistant US Attorney Rachel Jones, while the foreclosure is being conducted by Assistant US Attorney Suzanne Nebesky.

“I applaud the extensive work and cooperation of our domestic and international law enforcement partners to stop this global system,” said US Attorney Roger Handberg.

“Theft and misuse of personal information is not only criminal, it can have disastrous consequences for individuals for years to come.”

How to protect yourself

If someone learns your social security number, they can essentially become you in the eyes of the government and the law.

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They are able to collect tax refunds, benefits and income, commit crimes, make purchases, set up websites and buy homes, all on your behalf.

If you think someone is using your Social Security number to work, get your tax refund, or anything else, contact the IRS online or call 1-800-908-4490.

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