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How can I freeze my social security number so I am protected

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With the large breech of information the other day I would like to freeze my social security # so no one can use it to open any other accounts or steal my identity

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I would like the phone numbers of the 3 credit companies and do I have to notify each credit card company individually to protect miss use of my accounts by unknowns

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Social Security
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Social Security Expert: lev-tax, Tax Advisor replied 11 months ago
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That woudl be so-called a "credit freeze" - which lets you restrict access to your credit report.

That’s makes more difficult for most creditors to see your credit report before they approve a new account.

Even so - certain entities still will have access - specifically

--your report can be released to your existing creditors or to debt collectors acting on their behalf.

--government agencies may have access in response to a court or administrative order, a subpoena, or a search warrant.

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Social Security Expert: lev-tax, Tax Advisor replied 11 months ago

To place a freeze on your credit reports - you should contact each of the nationwide credit reporting companiesseparately:

  • Equifax — 1-***-***-****
  • Experian — 1‑888‑397‑3742
  • TransUnion — 1-***-***-****

You will provide your name, address, date of birth, SSN and other personal information for verification.

There will be additional charges for that service - from $5 to $10.

You will be sent you a confirmation letter containing a unique PIN (personal identification number) or password. You will need it if later you choose to lift the freeze.

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