Lost Social Security Number


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Social Security card lost or stolen? Apply online for free to get a replacement card.

Do you think someone else is using your Social Security number for work? Review your Social Security work history by creating an account at If you find errors, contact your local SSA office .

  • If a company responsible for exposing your information offers you free credit monitoring, take advantage of it.
  • Get your free credit reports from Check for any accounts or charges you don’t recognize.
  • Consider placing a credit freeze . A credit freeze makes it harder for someone to open a new account in your name.
    • If you place a freeze, be ready to take a few extra steps the next time you apply for a new credit card or cell phone – or any service that requires a credit check.
    • If you decide not to place a credit freeze, at least consider placing a fraud alert .
  • Try to file your taxes early — before a scammer can. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. Respond right away to letters from the IRS.
  • Don’t believe anyone who calls and says you’ll be arrested unless you pay for taxes or debt — even if they have part or all of your Social Security number, or they say they’re from the IRS.
  • Continue to check your credit reports at . You can order a free report from each of the three credit reporting companies once a year.

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