Q & A
If you have a severe identity theft, will Social Security allow you to obtain a new Social Security number to help you eliminate having to continually explain the theft of your identity with future creditors?
Answer: You may be able to get a new Social Security number but it’s unlikely to solve all your problems and it can create others. So think carefully before pursuing this option. The Social Security Administration says it can assign a different Social Security number only in these instances: there are problems resulting from sequential numbers assigned to members of the same family; there’s a situation of harassment, abuse or life endangerment; more than one person is assigned or is using the same number; a victim of identity theft continues to be disadvantaged by using the original number; or an individual has documented religious or cultural objections to certain numbers or digits in the original number. OK, great, right? Where’s the problem? Read more…
Source: Catherine Pritchard, via www.fayobserver.com, August 15, 2015
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