Identity Theft Q&A
Q: I was recently a victim of identity theft, and the thief used my social security number. Should I change it? Thank you.
A: Even though it will be inconvenient to repair your credit, we don't advise changing your social security number. It is used to identify you in many places, including your credit report and various other private and government records. If you did change it — not an easy thing to do — credit reports with your old social security number will be attached to the reports with the new number, which might raise suspicions among creditors and employers. You may end up having to prove that you were the victim of the crime rather than its perpetrator. Find out more about how to prevent or recover from identity theft.