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Your questions, our answers

Kathy Petersen

Question: I lost my Social Security card and am afraid someone else could be using my number. Should I report it to Social Security?

Answer: If you think someone is using your number to work, call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). But reporting a lost or stolen card to Social Security will not prevent its misuse. That is why you should take further action. If you think someone is using your number, there are several other actions you will want to take:

• Contact the Federal Trade Commission online at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft or call 1-877-ID-THEFT (1-877-438-4338);

• File an online complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.ic3.gov

• Contact the IRS Identity Theft Hotline by calling 1-800-908-4490 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and

• Monitor your credit report.

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Question: I lost my Social Security card and am afraid someone else could be using my number. Should I report it to Social Security?

Answer: If you think someone is using your number to work, call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). But reporting a lost or stolen card to Social Security will not prevent its misuse. That is why you should take further action. If you think someone is using your number, there are several other actions you will want to take:

• Contact the Federal Trade Commission online at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft or call 1-877-ID-THEFT (1-877-438-4338);

• File an online complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.ic3.gov

• Contact the IRS Identity Theft Hotline by calling 1-800-908-4490 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and

• Monitor your credit report.

kathy petersen is the public affairs specialist for south dakota and eastern wyoming. you can write her c/o social security administration, 605 main st, suite 201, rapid city, sd or via email at kathy.petersen@ssa.gov. check back next week as she discussess lesson plans and retirement plans.