With each type of identity theft, it can be noted that the social security number is the common element. If an individual with the wrong intentions has your name and SSN, he or she can easily steal your identity. Social security identity theft occurs when someone uses your social security to obtain employment or avoid paying taxes. This can happen to anyone at any time. You may not even know you are a victim until, in the case of financial ID theft, you are refused credit or begin receiving creditor calls. In manysocial security number ID theft cases, people complained that they did not even know their social security number was being used by someone else until the IRS contacted them for not reporting income (earned by the ID thief) on their tax returns.
If you are concerned about all the social security identity theft happening in the USA, here are some points you may find of interest:
Your Social Security Number is confidential
How can someone steal my social security number?
What to do if you think someone else might be using your SSN