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IRS hack: What to do when your Social Security number is exposed
IRS hack: What to do when your Social Security number is exposed

Consumers are prodded to reset online passwords after they’re leaked in a cyberattack. But what to do when a Social Security number becomes public? This week’s revelation that fraudsters accessed archived federal tax filings of 100,000 taxpayers offers the latest reminder that there are a few things people can do, but there’s limitations too — at least for now. The Internal Revenue Service is sending letters to 200,000 people this week telling them that their old tax returns either ended up or almost fell into the hands of thieves. The fraudsters appeared to have amassed the victims’ personal information, including birthdates, addresses and Social Security...

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