Secure your Social Security number

  • Store your Social Security card and other confidential documents in a safe place. Never store them in your purse.
  • Do not bring your card with you if you won’t be needing it.
  • Never use a partial or total number sequence from your Social Security number as your account PIN.
  • If you send your number by email, make sure the message has been encrypted.
  • When browsing websites, only enter your Social Security number in secure pages that guarantee your information will not be shared with others.
  • Be careful when disclosing your Social Security number in public places.
  • Do not write your Social Security number on checks, gift certificates, money orders, or any other negotiable instruments.
  • If you suspect there is a case of identity theft, visit the Federal Trade Commission portal or call 1-877-ID-THEFT (1-877-438-4338); TTY 1-866-653-4261.

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