By law, Tax Identification Numbers, most commonly called Social Security numbers, should never be used for any other purpose except for proper reporting of income, taxes and tax benefits. You should never provide this information to anyone other than your employer, your banker or the government. Gaining this number is the most common first step to stealing or duplicating your financial identity.

If you have any concerns about your financial identity you may call or go by your nearest banking center, or go straight to the Federal Trade Commission, the federal agency charged with managing identity theft and other consumer fraud.