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What to do if someone is using your social security number and how dangerous it is

If you think someone is using your social security number, there are several things you can do. United States Social Security Administration explained what to do in such a case.

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Review your income record

Review the earnings listed on your Social Security Statement entry. To receive an online statement, log in to your personal account on My Social Security and check your account. If you see any discrepancies, contact the Social Security Administration.

If you want to report identity theft when someone used your personal information, including your social security number, to get a loan or a job, file a tax return, or run another business, visit Federal Trade Commission about identity theft. There you will walk through every step of the recovery process. It is a one-stop resource operated by the Federal Trade Commission, the national consumer protection agency.

On the subject: What to do if your social security number is stolen

Contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

If you believe someone is using your Social Security number for work, tax refunds, or other tax-related abuse, contact the IRS at link or call 1-800-908-4490.

Request a free credit report

You can order free credit reports annually from three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion).

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Make one request for all three reports:

File a police report

File a report with the local police or where the identity theft occurred.

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