Is your information being used for job-related ID theft?
Has your Social Security Number (SSN) gone to work without you? If someone has used your SSN to get a job, that’s identity theft.
You may be able to discover the identity theft before the IRS sends you a tax bill for income that never passed through your pockets. MyE-Verify, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website, also available in Spanish, is part of E-Verify. DHS created E-Verify to help employers check government records to make sure their employees can work legally in the U.S. MyE-Verify lets you see all the employers that checked your records using E-Verify. If you see an employer you don’t know, it may mean that an identity thief is at work.
MyE-Verify won’t catch all cases of job-related identity theft because not all employers use E-Verify. Still, DHS says about 600,000 employers at over 2 million hiring sites use E-Verify. That covers a lot of jobs.
To access myE-Verify, you’ll need to answer some questions online to confirm your identity. If you have a credit freeze or fraud alert on your credit report, you’ll have to lift them before myE-Verify can access your information. You can restore your credit freeze or place a new 90-day alert on your report afterwards, but you may not be able to reinstate an extended fraud alert. You may have to pay a fee to lift or restore your credit freeze.
Once you access myE-Verify, you can create a secure personal account and use myE-Verify’s “Case History” and “Self Lock” features. “Case History” lets you see the names and dates any employer used E-Verify to check your records. “Self Lock” offers another protection – it lets you “lock” your SSN for one year so an imposter can’t use it to get a job with an employer that uses E-Verify. You can lift the lock at any time, or renew the lock when it’s set to expire.
If you believe you have been the victim of identity theft, visit IdentityTheft.gov, the federal government’s one-stop resource to help you report and recover from identity theft.