Identity Theft Using Your Social Security Number

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. The Social Security Administration gives some tips on home to keep your social security number protected.

  • Remember you Social Security number is confidential. Be careful about sharing your number with anyone who asks for it.

  • Don’t make it easy for someone to steal your number. Identity thieves get your personal information by stealing your purses, wallets, and mail. They can also get it by sorting through trash for personal data or even posing as someone who legitimately needs your information, such as a bank or employer.

  • DO NOT carry your card with you. Show it to your employer when you start a new job, then put it in a safe place

If you suspect someone is your using your Social Security number, you need to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission by calling 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338) or online at www.consumer.gov/idtheft.

Source: www.ssa.gov