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 Posted: Thu Feb 28th, 2019 11:29 pm
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Aaron Hardy



Joined: Thu Aug 2nd, 2018
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Lane Shirey wrote: The big question, are they trustworthy to keep my SS# secure?  That’s my issue.  My banks have it, but if PP is hacked , so is my SS. 

Hmmm, not sure which way to go with this.  Aaron, thanks for providing your direct insight.  I love this organization,  there are folks from every walk of life!

Lane, the sad reality is your SSN is already available on the dark web along with enough other identifying information to effectively steal your identity. The bright side is identity theft fraud is not as lucrative as it once was, and, with the millions of identities available to would-be fraudsters, you have roughly the same odds of winning a local lottery as having your identity selected for exploitation. Today's fraudsters are more interested in account takeover, card-not-present, and email compromise fraud, among other types, where there is more instant gratification. My fraud investigator reviews cases *every day* where people have fallen prey to every kind of scam you can imagine because people surrender common sense. 
The fact is your SSN is safe with PayPal until it's not. Then again, it probably doesn't matter anyway. The more important thing is being vigilant and not falling for phishing or other schemes.