Your Personal Information on the Dark Web
WHAT’S MOST VALUABLE TO SCAMMERS
A recent CNBC piece covered an interesting topic: the value of stolen social security numbers and other personal information on the Black Market. Interestingly, while most consumers are worried about the security of their Social Security number, this is not the most sought item, according to the article. In reality, a Social Security number may only bring a cyber-criminal about $2. The most valuable personal information includes health and medical data and passport information. Health and medical records, which often sell for up to $1,000, are sought because they usually contain different types of personal data, including a name, an address, a Social Security number, and occasionally payment information. Passport information, which can sell for over $1,000, is used by identity thieves to create phony identification material. Consumers can take steps to protect themselves by using a fraud prevention platform like EverSafe that scans the Dark Web for their personal information on a daily basis.