SIN number stolen? Here’s how to fight back

Notify your credit bureau and request an alert on your file.

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From the June 2014 issue of the magazine.

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If you’re one of the 900 Canadians whose Social Insurance Number was stolen in the Heartbleed breach, protect yourself. Your SIN is a unique identifier and “the one thing no one has besides you,” says credit risk specialist Mike Morley. A stolen SIN, along with information like your name and address, would enable a thief to apply for a copy of your birth certificate or driver’s license. With those, it’s easy to obtain credit cards, insurance or lines of credit in your name. You can petition the government for a new SIN, but a more immediate action is to alert both credit bureaus so that any changes to your credit report must be verified by you.

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