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Your Question: I have a randomized SSN. All 3 credit bureaus report my SSN as invalid. As a result all my credit and background checks fail. Any ideas what can be done?
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Arizona
What have you tried so far?: Sent a letter to Experian asking to verify my SSN properly using www.ssa.gov
Response: What you may want to do is to send a detailed letter to all three credit reporting bureaus explaining the randomization of SSN, which took effect in June 2011. They should already know that, but do that anyway. Print out articles about the randomization and attach them to your letter to all three reporting bureaus requesting that they report our SSN as legitimate. You may also copy the same letter to the company doing the background check.
Unfortunately, at this time, the SSN verification system that SSA has is only for reporting wages. So, the credit reporting bureaus cannot use that system to verify your employment.
Finally, you should contact SSA and inform them of the problems that you are having because you were issued randomized Social Security Number and see if SSA may have any mechanism in place to address problems like yours, which I am sure would become more common as more people are assigned the randomized numbers.
If all fails, you may retain a local consumer Attorney to sue all three credit reporting bureaus for reporting your legitimate Social Security Number as invalid thereby adversely affecting your credit and background check. You can use the following sites to find local consumer Attorneys: