ID Theft Victim: Should You Apply For a New Social Security?

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ID Theft Victim: Should You Apply For a New Social Security?

Postby Administrator » Sun Oct 02, 2005 4:49 pm

Should I apply for a new Social Security number?

Under certain circumstances, the Social Security Administration may issue you a new Social Security number –- at your request –- if, after trying to resolve the problems brought on by identity theft, you continue to experience problems. Consider this option carefully. A new Social Security number may not resolve your identity theft problems, and may actually create new problems. For example, a new Social Security number does not necessarily ensure a new credit record because credit bureaus may combine the credit records from your old Social Security number with those from your new Social Security number. Even when the old credit information is not associated with your new Social Security number, the absence of any credit history under your new Social Security number may make it more difficult for you to get credit. And finally, there's no guarantee that a new Social Security number wouldn't also be misused by an identity thief.

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