Social Security Numbers and Identity Theft

By Clark, Mike | The Florida Times Union, March 24, 2005 | Go to article overview

Social Security Numbers and Identity Theft


Clark, Mike, The Florida Times Union


Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate

Dear Call Box: Do you have information on what to do about identity theft? My son had all of his money taken from the bank, and they also have his Social Security number. Could he have his Social Security number retired and be issued a new number?

V.P., Green Cove Springs

Dear V.P. It's possible. The Social Security Administration can assign a new number in the following situations, provided the documentation requirements are met:

-- Sequential SSNs assigned to members of the same family.

-- Certain earnings situations.

-- Certain wrong number cases.

-- Religious or cultural objection to certain numbers/digits in number.

-- Misuse by a third party and the number holder has been disadvantaged by that particular misuse

-- Harassment, abuse or life endangerment situations.

To apply for a new number, call 1-800-772-1213 or visit the local Social Security office at Suite 100 , 3733 University Blvd. W., the Century Plaza Building. The entrance is at the rear of the building. The phone number is (904) 730-5555. …

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