If someone has misused your son's Social Security number or other personal information to create credit or other problems for your son, Social Security cannot resolve these problems, but there are several things your son should do.
1. He should go to www.idtheft.gov and report the identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission. Or, he can call 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-***-***-****); TTY 1-***-***-****. That website is a onestop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. It provides detailed information to help deter, detect and defend against identity theft.
2. He also may want to contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). An identity thief also might use his Social Security number to file a tax return to receive his refund. If he is eligible for a refund, a thief could file a tax return before he does and get his refund. Then, when he does file, the IRS will think he already received your refund.
If the Social Security number is ***** another individual may use it to get a job. That person’s employer would report income earned to the IRS using his Social Security number.
3. Contact a credit reporting agency online (equifax, transunion, etc.). You only need to contact one. Have a fraud alert put on the file. It will be reported to all credit reporting agencies. With that fraud alert in place (there is no charge) no one will be able to borrow money or open a credit account with his social security number without your son being contacted personally and confirming the request.
Your son may also want to order a credit report to confirm no accounts have been opened which were not opened by you.