How to Get a Replacement Social Security Card: Click on: ‘Social Security Office Near Me’

Social Security numbers are stolen and illegally used at an alarming rate.

If you think your Social Security Card has been stolen or your number is being used illegally, get in touch with the Social Security Administration immediately. Go to Google and search the words “Social Security Office Near Me.’ Or go to this link and click on it: https://www.ssa.gov/onlineservices/.
On that above page, you will find links to:

  • Request a replacement Social Security Card
  • Apply for Social Security benefits.
  • Get Your Social Security statement.
  • Appeal a Social Security decision.
  • Find out if you qualify for benefits.
  • Estimate your future benefits.
  • If you get Social Security benefits or have Medicare you can…
  • If you get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits you can…
  • Get a letter saying you don’t receive benefits.
  • Block electronic access to your information.
  • Services for businesses, governments, payees and third parties.




Stolen Social Security numbers is a big problem for victims of the crime but it can be a gold mine for identity thieves so that number has to be guarded carefully. A credit card account can be quickly closed in the case of identity theft. But Social Security numbers are a different matter. We keep them and use them for life in most cases. Never, never give you Social Security number out on the telephone. A crook could get government benefits using your SS number. There are many other ways that stolen Social Security numbers can be used as well. Criminals can rent a house, get medical benefits and they can furnish the police with your credentials if they are ever arrested. Then, when they do not show up for their court date, a warrant for your arrest will go out.

You will need to use your Social Security number from time to time, however, so memorize it rather than carry it with you. Sometimes states will use Social Security numbers as the driver’s license number. If your state does that, ask if you can use a different number. People’s Medicare numbers are there Social Security numbers.


Social Security Numbers

Imagine if you are 65 or older: how many medical people see this number? Sometimes health insurance companies will use your Social Security number as your policy number. Again, ask that a different number be used. Obviously, your employer needs your Social Security number to pay wages and taxes but when anyone else asks for your Social Security number, ask them why they need it. Ask them how it will be used, how they will protect it from being stolen and what happens if you do not furnish your Social Security number. BE VERY, VERY RELUCTANT TO GIVE OUT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER! Need we say never give your Social Security number to anyone on the phone.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has this to say about identity theft Social Security numbers: “Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. A dishonest person who has your Social Security number can use it to get other personal information about you. Identity thieves can use your number and your good credit to apply for more credit in your name. Then, they use the credit cards and do not pay the bills. You may not find out that someone is using your number until you are turned down for credit or you begin to get calls from unknown creditors demanding payment for items you never bought.”


Stolen Social Security Numbers

If you suspect Social Security number misuse, contact the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General, go to the Social Security Administration website or contact your nearest Social Security office. You may file a complaint online at www.socialsecurity.gov/oig, call toll-free: 800-269-0271, fax: 410-597-0118, or write: SSA Fraud Hotline, P.O. Box 17768, Baltimore, MD 21235.

You also may call SSA toll-free at 800-772-1213 to verify the accuracy of the earnings reported on your Social Security number, request a copy of your Social Security Statement, or get a replacement Social Security number card if yours is lost or stolen. Follow up in writing.


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