The recent Kern County Schools Superintendent data breach outlines dangers. The data breach at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office sent a scammer information on employees names, social security numbers and gross pay. The office says there was no divulging of passwords or bank account numbers but Neal O’Farrell, Executive Director of the Identity Theft Council, says the thieves got exactly what they were after. He says that information is used to filed fraudulent tax returns and those whose information is used may have difficulty filing real returns because the IRS would already have their refund paid out. In addition, he says scammers can use names and social security numbers for a wide variety of things from applying for credit cards to collecting social security. He said the best line of defense against fraud is making sure employees are constantly vigilant against data theft.