CHAPTER2

Protecting Your Number and Card

In This Chapter

  • Why it’s important to protect your Social Security number
  • Ways to keep your number from identity thieves
  • What to do if someone else uses your number
  • How to replace a lost card or get a new number
  • How to change your name on your Social Security card

Do you ever feel as if you’re just a number? Have you ever felt that your entire identity has been reduced to a series of numerals with a couple of dashes in between?

Well, guess what? It has, and it’s your Social Security number—but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s simply the way the federal government tracks how much you’ve earned, ...

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