Social Security Number Printouts To Be Discontinued In August 2014
This month marks the last month Americans are able to request a printout from their local Social Security Administration (SSA) office to show proof of their Social Security number (SSN). Starting on August 1, 2014, if you do not have your original Social Security card and need proof of your SSN you must request a full replacement card.
Discontinuing the printed SSN documentation is one of many steps the SSA is taking to help combat Social Security fraud. According to the SSA, identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America, and new technology is making it easier than ever.
Some signs that you may be a victim of identity theft include:
- unusual activity on your bank or credit card accounts;
- sudden decreases in your credit score;
- unexplained calls from bill collectors you’ve never heard of;
- criminal activity unrelated to you appearing on background checks;
- unapproved vehicle liens or personal loans; and
- incorrect income reporting on your W-2 tax forms.
If you suspect your SSN has been compromised, contact the Federal Trade Commission’s website to report the incident and get help repairing your good name. If your financial identity was compromised, you may need to also contact the Internal Revenue Service. Also, the Internet Crime Complaint Center can help victims of cybercrime alert law enforcement of potential illegal activity regarding your identity.
If you misplaced your Social Security card or need a new copy due to damage, you may request a brand new card by filling out the Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5). If your Social Security number has been compromised, it could disqualify you from receiving Social Security disability benefits if your work history was not properly reported or cause erroneous information to be reported from the IRS or financial reports.
When you run into problems applying for Social Security disability benefits, contact the Disability Help Group for help from our disability representatives. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.