What canI do if someone gets mySSN and posts it on the internet for everyone to see?

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What canI do if someone gets mySSN and posts it on the internet for everyone to see?

An ex-friend due to unrelated issues posted my SSN on Facebook for all to see; they were all false statements about me. Then about 5 months ago I sent her a letter telling her not to call me. Email or write me ever again. Without knowing my SSN was written on the back side of the letter. Approximately 3 days ago she posted my SSN. I’ve checked my bank statements and my credit. Nothing has happened so far. Just wondering what I can do to avoid any problems?

Asked on February 6, 2012 under Personal Injury, Kentucky

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You need to file fraud alerts with all three credit reporting agencies (Experian, Trans Union and Equifax).  You need to then go through the process of contacting Facebook and a) reporting the violation and b) having the post immediately removed. Then, you need to contact the police department and possibly the U.S. Attorney's office for identity theft and or invasion of privacy and see what can be done to ensure this post does not show up anymore anywhere. Then consider hiring private counsel to sue her. Keep monitoring your credit reports and talk to the Social Security Administration of what other steps they may be able to help accomplish.


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