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Can a victim of identity theft get a new social security number?

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Victims of identity theft may apply for a new social security number, states the Federal Trade Commission. To qualify for a new number, the applicant must provide proof of the theft and unlawful use of the number by someone else.

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Can a victim of identity theft get a new social security number?
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Individuals who face harassment, abuse or significant danger as a result of using their original SSNs can also request a new number if they can prove the fact of misuse, according to the FTC.

When applying for a new social security number, applicants must present proof of their identity, age and citizenship or residency status, advises the FTC. The Social Security Administration accepts applications online, at local offices or over the phone at 1-800-772-1213.

A new social security number does not necessarily result in a fresh credit history, as some businesses and government agencies may maintain the individual's original number on file, states the FTC.

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