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If you believe that your social security number is ***** used, there are a few things you can do.
First, review the earnings posted to your record on your Social Security Statement. To get your online Statement, go to my Social Security and check your account. If you see any inconsistencies (e.g., you see earnings that are too high for how much you made, or earnings in years you didn't work), contact the Social Security Administration.
You also should request a free copy of your credit report. You can order free credit reports annually from the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and Trans Union).
Make a single request for all three credit bureau reports:
The credit reports will show you if any accounts have been opened in your name. If there is anything you don't recognize, you'll want to immediately report that to the credit bureaus (you can report it to one, and they'll notify the others for you) and ask them to flag the account against further suspicious activity.
Next, if there is fraud, contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to report the identity theft. To contact the FTC:
- Go to www.ftc.gov;
- Call 1-***-***-**** (TTY 1-***-***-****); or
- Send mail to: FTC,*****NW, Washington, DC 20580
If you believe someone is using your Social Security number to work, get your tax refund, or other abuses involving a taxes, contact the IRS.
To contact the IRS:
Lastly, if there has been identity theft, contact your local police department and file a police report regarding the theft.
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