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Q&A: Stolen Identity

My Social Security Number has been stolen—what should I do?

I believe that my Social Security Number has been stolen. Can the Social Security Administration place a "fraud alert" on my number like my credit card company will do if my credit card is stolen?

Unfortunately, Social Security cannot place a fraud alert on a Social Security Number (SSN). However, if you suspect that someone else is using your SSN for work, or you have received notice from the IRS of unreported taxable income that is not yours, you should report the problem to the SSA by calling 1-800-772-1213. SSA representatives will take appropriate action to ensure that your Social Security records are correct.

If your SSN has been used to charge bills or to obtain credit, Social Security cannot straighten out your credit record. However, the SSA suggests that you take the following steps:

  • Check your Social Security earnings record. You can request a Social Security Statement to verify the accuracy of the reported earnings and request correction if necessary. Details on requesting a Statement can be found at the following website: socialsecurity.gov/statement.

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  • December 1, 2010

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