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Chapter 4. YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER—A... > Should You Try to Get a New Social S...

Should You Try to Get a New Social Security Number If Yours Has Been Used for Identity Theft?

I will give you the lawyer answer to this question, which is yes and no. Now isn't that helpful? On the one hand, having the Social Security Administration change your number will be an incredibly complicated thing to do. Its very complexity will bring with it the potential for future problems, particularly if there are gaps in the records of any of the legitimate entities that need and use your Social Security number for identification. The Social Security Administration is also very reluctant to issue new Social Security numbers because they are always a bit skeptical that rather than being a victim, you might be someone trying to establish new credit by ditching the old credit reports attached to your former number. However, if someone who has access to your Social Security number is stalking you or if you are a repeated victim of identity theft by someone who has your Social Security number, the Social Security Administration might be a bit more sympathetic. In any event, the Social Security Administration will not issue you a new Social Security number if you have filed for bankruptcy or your Social Security card was lost or stolen unless there is evidence that you have been the actual victim of identity theft.


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