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are SSN's as common as cell phone numbers nowadays?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by saltypotato, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. saltypotato

    saltypotato Newbie

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    i work at an office where we have thousands of records. we have marketers and all running all around town with a person's history/life records (insurance).. i was like yo dude, what if you get jacked? these guys are coming in here with a stack of 20 records at a time and i'm like damn, i have to input this in the computer. i asked them, what if someone takes those records from you and uses the records for malicious purposes.. and they are quick to say the following things:

    wouldn't matter, you need more than just an address, full name, phone number, and social security number to take someones identity.

    you couldn't open up a credit card because you need to provide information such as previous counties lived in, previous streets lived on, and talk to an actual agent

    paypal is more strict now


    i'm confused. which makes sense because when i sign up for my personal stuff, they do ask all that information and they require confirmation. any thoughts? am i supposed to feel safer that companies are making better efforts to make my information secure? or should i be worried because companies just sell off our information anyway knowing that people can try, but wont, steal our identities. thanks bhw :)
     
  2. Zak_A

    Zak_A Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    If someone decides to steal your identity, he'll find a way.
    It's just like saying that tomorrow you might be hit by a bus.

    Get over it, and live your life; you'll have enough time to worry about this if it ever happens. ;)
     
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    Sure its clearly written in the companies terms & conditions that they will not misuse your personal information in any way and we are the person who do tick the I agree box in 1 second to go on next step :) . But now the companies are asking lots more documents proofs like passport, id prof even for address proof the bankstatements and else. So i don't think by stealing some one's documents you can harm him as much.
     
  4. XXXX_

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    SSN's are everywhere. They require them for almost everything and you don't get a guarantee that it will be shredded or secured properly. The only thing we can do is hope for the best and hope ID theft doesn't happen to us.
     
  5. First Edition

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    I prefer to remain 100% anonymous. I don't like to even give out my name when i buy something, and I tell strangers made up names if I know I'll never see them again.
     
  6. bokeh

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    Social Security number is required in some instances. Ultimately it is up to ourselves to protect the voluntary spread of it.

    Here is what the government has to say about it.

    I cant post links yet; if you select and search the title, you will find the link at ssadotgov

     
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    I don't believe a business can legally refuse to give you a sale or service when it's not required by law... but it usually mean having to pay a high deposit at a cell phone provider, for example.
     
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    Can a Non-US resident get SSN, How?