Playstation mentions in their release, but it's sort of buried, that consumers can call the fraud alert line of any of the three major credit bureaus. Here are the numbers:
Experian: 888-397-3742; www.experian.com; P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013Equifax: 800-525-6285; www.equifax.com; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241TransUnion: 800-680-7289; www.transunion.com; Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790
If you're a PlayStation subscriber, call one of the above numbers, let them know to put a fraud alert on your SS#, and for a certain time period (I can't remember exactly, I think it's 6 months) they won't issue new credit under your SS# without calling you up first.
I mention this because I lost my wallet a few years back, along with my ID and credit cards, and doing this gave me a lot of peace of mind.
The PlayStation communication sort of makes it sound like it could be a big hassle:
Note, however, that because it tells creditors to follow certain procedures to protect you, it also may delay your ability to obtain credit while the agency verifies your identity.
This is not a big deal.
It just means you won't instantly be able to get a credit card at the Gap or Banana Republic or Target. You don't really need that anyway, do you? And, if you're buying a car or a house, when they check your credit let them know you have a fraud alert on your account, and you'll have to approve it with the creditor. Again, not a big deal.
Any hassle you might have to deal with trying to get credit will pale in comparison to trying to dispute something later.