If you need to change your Social Security Number due to identity theft, the process can be a little bit daunting. Luckily, we have created an Easy Guide to help you simply change your SSN and protect your identity. While there may have already been damage done to your identity, there are ways to reclaim it. For the purposes of this Easy Guide, the sole focus will be on changing your Social Security Number after Identity theft has occurred. The following steps will help you begin the process:
Online application assistance can simplify and streamline the process for many Identity Theft-related services. You may want to use this service because you are interested in learning about the different types of Identity Theft, or how to deal with the unfortunate fallout if your identity is stolen. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from various federal sources, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide™ specific to your needs, fast answers to tough questions and prompt service from a friendly staff. You can research Easy Guide™-related content services for free at the SSA official site, or you can choose our independent, value-added service to assist you in the process.
Some official Identity Theft-related services can be handled through traditional postal mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services or visiting a police department in person. There is detailed information on how to handle Identity Theft at the official SSA Web site, or in our proprietary Easy Guide™. Remember that all documents, requests or cancellations you mail must be either original or certified copies.
If your prefer to handle a case of Identity Theft in person, or your specific needs require an in-person visit, be sure to stop by your local police department to report any crime-related Identity Theft activity. Be sure to first locate and then call your local office to enquire about office hours of operation, Identity Theft services provided on premise and the items you need to bring to successfully complete the service or paperwork you require.
If someone other than you is using your Social Security Number (SSN), they may be able to collect tax refunds you would be eligible for, or use your number to find a job. This is a form of identity theft.
The money they earn at their job with your SSN is reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This money appears as if you failed to report it on your tax return, which can and will result in the IRS punishing you monetarily.
If you suspect that someone is using your SSN, contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as well as the IRS. You are also encouraged to file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at IC3.gov. It is possible to change your SSN if the identity theft persists or recurs. However, if the Social Security Agency concludes that you need a new number and issues you one, this can also cause problems.
Most of your personal information, including your work eligibility and credit history, is tied to your former SSN. This can make getting a job and establishing credit more difficult, because very little of your personal information is associated with your new SSN.
To avoid theft of your Social Security Number, it is strongly recommended that you never carry your Social Security card or number with you. You should only do so if absolutely necessary.
For more information, view the federally-approved pamphlet that explains more about your Social Security Number and dealing with identity theft. The document is located here: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/EN-05-10064.pdf. You can also call 1-(800)-772-1213 to reach the Social Security Administration for more information.