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Social Security Card Theft


Follow each step to begin the process of clearing your name:

1 Organize Your Case

Keep a detailed log in a spiral notebook of all phone calls you receive or make including the name of the person you spoke with, that person’s title, phone number, organization name, and what was said during the conversation. Whenever possible ask to speak with a fraud investigator. Don't end the call until you're sure you understand everything you've been told. If you need more help, ask to speak to a supervisor. Confirm all conversations in writing. Send all correspondence using certified mail with return receipt requested. Keep loose papers in a notebook or accordion folder. Keep copies of all documents and letters.

2 Social Security Administration

Request a Social Security Statement from the Social Security Administration to review your earned wages. Report any discrepancies to the Social Security Administration (Report Fraud: (800) 269-0271). If you discover that your Social Security number was used by someone else for employment purposes, file the appropriate Identity Theft report(s) on this web site.

How to Request a Social Security Statement?

You can request a Social Security Statement by going online at www.socialsecurity.gov and submitting a Social Security Statement request form SSA-7050. The Social Security Administration will not send your Statement back on the Internet. Instead, you will receive your Statement through regular mail in about 2-4 weeks.

If you are not comfortable sending information to the Social Security Administration over the Internet, you may download the Social Security Statement request form anSSA-7050 and mail it to the address on the form. You can also order your Personal Earnings and Benefits Statement by telephone at (800) 772-1213.

When You Request Your Social Security Statement, You Will Need:

  • Your name as shown on your Social Security Card
  • Your Social Security Number.
  • Your date of birth
  • Your place of birth
  • Your mother's maiden name - last name only (to help identify you)

Consent of Release of your Social Security Information

Certain situations may require you to provide proof of your Social Security Number. If you are unable to establish accounts with financial institutions, creditors, insurance agencies, or to obtain medical treatment because of identity theft, you should complete form SSA-3288. Request that your information be released to the organizations that are requesting proof of your Social Security Number. Make sure you provide each organizations name, address, and contact person.

Replacement Social Security Card

You can replace your Social Security card for free if it is lost or stolen. However, you are limited to three replacement cards in a year and 10 during your lifetime.

To get a replacement card:

  • Complete a Social Security Application
  • Show documents proving U.S. citizenship, and Identity.

Take your completed application and documents to your local Social Security office.
www.socialsecurity.gov

IRS Records Indicate You Received Wages From an Employer Unknown to You

The IRS has a toll-free number to assist identity theft victims. The IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit will mark affected accounts so that identity theft issues may be resolved more quickly. Victims can call (800) 908-4490 and speak with a customer service rep Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

3 Initiate a Fraud Alert

If you are an adult with credit history you can initiate an Initial Fraud Alert (90-day Fraud Alert) on your credit files by contacting one of the three major credit-reporting agencies (CRAs). As soon as that agency processes your fraud alert, it will notify the other two agencies. All three CRAs will place fraud alerts in your credit file. You will then receive a free copy of all of the information in your file from each of the three agencies. You will also receive a notice of your rights as an identity theft victim. An Initial Fraud Alert can make it more difficult for someone to get credit in your name because creditors are required to call you before extending credit. An Initial Fraud Alert stays in your file for at least 90 days and can be renewed.

You can also ask for an Extended Alert (7-year Alert), which stays in your credit file for seven years. If you ask for an Extended Alert, you will have to provide a copy of an identity theft report, which is a report you have filed with a federal, state or local law enforcement agency. An Extended Alert entitles you to two additional free credit reports from each CRA in a 12-month period following the placing of the alert.

To place either of these alerts, a CRA will require you to provide appropriate proof of your identity, which may include copies of your Social Security card, driver’s license, and/or utility bills. You may cancel the fraud alerts at any time.

Utah children who are 16 years of age or younger can receive similar protection by getting signed up by their parents or guardians at the Utah Attorney General's Child Identity Protection (CIP) program. CIP is intended to help prevent identity thieves from using the personal identifying information of Utah children in the issuance of credit. CIP provides Utah parents/guardians with a secure process to enroll a child's information with a national credit reporting company (TransUnion). Upon receipt of an enrolled child's information via CIP, TransUnion will take certain proprietary fraud prevention steps, including but not limited to the entry of portions of that information into its High Risk Fraud database. Such information will remain in the High Risk Fraud database until the child's 17th birthday, at which time it will be removed. Visit CIP at www.idtheft.utah.gov

Experian
P.O. Box 9532
Allen, TX 75013
1-888-397-3742
www.experian.com

Click here to file an initial fraud alert online 90-Day Fraud Alert

Equifax
P.O. Box 740250
Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
1-800-525-6285
www.equifax.com

Click here to file an initial fraud alert online 90-Day Fraud Alert

Transunion
P.O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92834-6790
1-800-680-7289
www.transunion.com

The Fair And Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) gives all consumers the right to one free copy of their credit report each year from each of the credit reporting agencies. All three credit-reporting agencies have additional information regarding identity theft and the FACTA on their web sites. Order your free credit report at www.annualcreditreport.com

You may request that only the last four digits of your Social Security number appear on your credit report. In all communications with the credit reporting agencies, you will want to refer to the unique number assigned to your credit.

4 Review Your Credit Report

Request a copy of your credit report from one of the three major credit-reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax or Transunion). The Fair And Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) gives all consumers the right to one free copy of their credit report each year from each of the credit reporting agencies. All three credit-reporting agencies have additional information regarding identity theft and the FACTA on their web sites.

Experian
P.O. Box 9532
Allen, TX 75013
1-888-397-3742
www.experian.com

Equifax
P.O. Box 740250
Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
1-800-525-6285
www.equifax.com

Transunion
P.O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92834-6790
1-800-680-7289
www.transunion.com

Check each credit report carefully when you receive it. Look for accounts that you have not opened; charges that you have not made; inquiries that you have not initiated; and default and delinquencies that you have not caused. Check that your name, address, and Social Security number is correct on all reports.

5 File an Identity Theft Report

If there is a fraudulent account showing on your credit report, be sure to complete the Social Security Card Theft complaint item on this web site. Report ID Theft.

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