Should I change my Social Security number if I am a
victim of identity theft?
In most cases this is a bad idea. You have had that number for many years and it is
attached to many documents, including your credit report and various other private and government documents. If you
must change your Social Security number (this will be an incredible hassle with the Social Security
Administration), your credit reports with your old Social Security number will be attached to the reports with the
new number. This will look very suspicious to creditors and employers, and cause further problems in proving
yourself to be the victim instead of the imposter.
Furthermore, it is extremely difficult (seemingly impossible) to change your social
security number since so many federal and state official records are tied to it. When
someone runs background checks on people it is common to find several names assigned to the same social
security number. Most of these are because of tax reporting errors during
employment and from illegal immigrants simply making up a number that just happens to be yours. Ex-felons have been
known to adopt new social security numbers if they are violating parole or have outstanding warrants. One step you
can take is to go online to social security administration to obtain information to stop someone from using your
social security number. If SSN fraud is suspected, call the SSA Hotline: (800) 772-1213.
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