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Social Security Number Fraud Prevention Act

Preventing Identity Theft and Fraud

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. It threatens the financial security of millions of Americans, as well the economic stability of the United States as a whole. In fact, every two seconds, another American becomes a victim of identity fraud. Even worse, children, veterans, and seniors are especially vulnerable to such attacks.

The Facts
  • A SSN is the most important number issued to a United States citizen, permanent resident, and temporary resident - This number is used for identification purposes in almost every facet of life and must be safeguarded against identity theft
  • Every two seconds, another American becomes a victim of identity fraud
  • More than 13 million Americans experienced some form of financial identity theft and fraud in 2014, which resulted in $16 billion of stolen money
  • Veterans, children, and seniors, are especially vulnerable to identity theft and fraud

H.R. 624, the Social Security Number Fraud Prevention Act

Despite these alarming statistics, there is a high prevalence of unnecessarily printed Social Security numbers on documents issued by the federal government.

In order to combat this crime and protect our nations seniors, children, and veterans, Congressman Valadao introduced H.R. 624 on Tuesday, January 23, 2017. The legislation was passed by the House of Representatives on May 24, 2017. 

  • H.R. 624 directs the government to use full Social Security numbers on printed documents only when necessary and, if necessary, to use partially redacted Social Security numbers when possible
  • The bill also prohibits the printing of externally visible Social Security numbers on documents sent through the mail
H.R. 624, the Social Security Number Fraud Prevention Act passed the House of Representatives on May 24, 2017, passed the Senate on September 6, 2017, and was signed into law by President Donald Trump on September 15, 2017.

The text of the bill is available here and a legislative summary of the bill is available here.

Protecting Your Identity

Shred Sensitive Documents
Tear, cut up, or shred sensitive materials, such as old records, files, bills, prescription labels, or expired credit cards, before disposing of them.

Create Strong Passwords
Passwords should use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Steer clear of obvious passwords—never use your birth date, mother’s maiden name, or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Don’t Fall for Scams
Legitimate organizations will not call you to demand immediate payment, nor will they call about invoices, taxes, etc…without first mailing you a bill. Beware of threatening phone calls from someone claiming to be from the IRS.

Protect Your Records
Keep any financial documents and records containing your sensitive information in a secure place in your home. Avoid carrying around items that contain your personal information.

Keep your Emails and Mail Safe
Avoid sending any sensitive information via email. Take outgoing mail to post office collection boxes or the post office. Promptly remove mail that arrives in your mailbox. If you won’t be home for several days, request a vacation hold on your mail.

Protect Against Viruses
Regularly update anti-virus protection software on your computer. In addition, keep your computer system and browser up to date and set at the highest security level.

Report Suspicious Activity
If you suspect or know of an individual or business that is committing tax fraud, you can visit www.IdentityTheft.gov to report any suspicious activity.


Please review the resources below. If you still have questions about identity theft and fraud, or are in need of assistance, please contact my Hanford Office at (559) 582-5526.

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U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao

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