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My SSN number is publicly available...should I be worried?

I found my SSN and my wife's SSN #'s listed on a document accessible to anyone at the County courthouse. As near as I can tell it wasn't available until recently...should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Apr 7, 2014 - 10 answers

My SSN may have been lost in a data breach, what should I do?

My SSN may have been lost in a data breach, what should I do to protect myself from identity theft?
posted by jtothes on Feb 20, 2014 - 11 answers

What is someone capable of doing if they obtained my SSN and other info?

What kinds of things can someone with nefarious intentions accomplish with my information if they obtained it? What kinds of ways would I go about monitoring or detecting possible misuse of this info? I was recently threatened with this from her current man-friend after leaving her a simple "glad you're doing well" message on FB, if I ever try to contact her again. He obtained the info from "paperwork" of which may be from my last job (he is likely a member of the same small community that owns the business). Anyway, I don't plan on contacting her again but not from this assface's threats, simply because I'm sure she was there too and it hurt my feelings. Just wondering what kinds of things he could accomplish if he wanted to....
posted by Mudskipper on Apr 20, 2013 - 6 answers

How private can I keep my SSN

I hate giving out my Social Security number (other than in connection with tax reporting and where I need to have a background/credit check--where I realize it's necessary). How much do you squawk when asked for your social in other scenarios? Example inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jan 29, 2013 - 15 answers

Family might find me using my SSN

I tried to find similar threads on google but there doesn't seem to be any. Is there a way to make my SSN information private? [more inside]
posted by kopi on Sep 16, 2012 - 11 answers

correcting a wrong SSN on tax forms

After dropping my US tax forms in the mail this afternoon, I discovered that I had mis-typed one of my dependent's SSN on the form. Is there a way to correct this now, or do I need to just wait for them to reject the return and then give them the correct SSN & supporting documentation? As far as I know, everything else was correct.
posted by belladonna on Apr 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Hiding my SSN from pying eyes

SelfEmployedFilter: Can I use an EIN on an independent contractor agreement, instead of my SSN, even as a sole proprietor? [more inside]
posted by trouserlouse on Mar 8, 2012 - 1 answer

SSN-less credit card?

(Credit Card/Bureau/Banking experts!) Advantages/Disadvantages of getting a credit card without a SSN? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter on Jun 2, 2011 - 2 answers

Pseudo Social Security Number?

We have a foster daughter who we would like to claim as a dependent. I have a question about her Social Security Number and taxes. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Jan 25, 2011 - 5 answers

What do I do after someone uses my SSN for himself?

Someone in another state used my SSN to open credit in his name (not my name or address). Then this guy skipped out on the bills. Now the bank has tried to garnish my wages at my job by via my SSN. My job told the bank to get lost, basically, since I'm not the guy in question. Still, there's this matter of my SSN being used by this guy. I've checked my credit reports and there's nothing there that shouldn't be and I've placed fraud alerts with the three credit reporting agencies. What should I do next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2010 - 6 answers

DLN = SSN ?

States that used social security numbers as driver's license numbers: anyone know how to find a list? Barring that, it'd be helpful if you could chime in with knowledge about a particular state (I'm pretty sure Oregon never did). [more inside]
posted by Vibrissa on Mar 3, 2010 - 32 answers

Has my SSN been stolen?

I think someone might have used my Social Security Number to claim citizenship, or at the very least may be accidentally using my SSN on their W2. [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Dec 31, 2009 - 5 answers

Crime victim (auto break-in) seeks advice (lost SSN, where to repair in SV)

Victim of auto break-in in Silicon Valley seeks advice about a) compromise of my SSN (Social Security Number) and b) reputable, affordable and speedy window-glass replacement for an old Toyota. [more inside]
posted by Rash on Sep 20, 2009 - 6 answers

One year of protection, hey thanks!

I applied for a scholarship in October, got my rejection in December. Now I get a letter telling me that my "name and social security number was inadvertently exposed to third parties." Can I sue? [more inside]
posted by Precision on Feb 19, 2009 - 15 answers

Legit landlord or identity thief?

What personal info does my future landlord need from me to make sure I'm legit? How do I make sure he's legit? [more inside]
posted by Asymptote on Jan 15, 2009 - 8 answers

how do i find out my lost social security number?

I've lost my social security number. I'm not american, but i lived there once and had an ssn. I'm in australia, not in the united states, so i can't walk to a social security office and show them my id. How can I find out my what my number was? [more inside]
posted by compound eye on Dec 7, 2008 - 5 answers

Why aren't lenders held partially responsible for identify theft?

Why aren't lenders held partially responsible for identify theft? [more inside]
posted by Benevolent Space Robot on Jul 30, 2008 - 14 answers

Am I being overly zealous about "proper SSL implementation?"

Am I being overly zealous about "proper SSL implementation?" [more inside]
posted by aydeejones on Jun 30, 2008 - 23 answers

Help me help him look for a job

Social security numbers on job applications. I have a library user who is applying for hourly-level jobs at places that only accept online applications. A surprising number of the application sites ask for a social security number, and are set up so that unless you put nine digits in the SSN field you can't proceed to the rest of the application. [more inside]
posted by Jaie on Nov 2, 2006 - 15 answers

Social Insecurity Phone Number

Yesterday I spent two hours in line at the Social Security Office to get a new card for my son. Considering how long the wait was I can't believe the rules they had for waiting in line. Please help me understand the rational for not allowing people to use their mobile phones. [more inside]
posted by DragonBoy on Aug 1, 2006 - 39 answers

Credit Card without an SSN

I want a US credit card. I don't have a SSN. [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle on Oct 11, 2005 - 17 answers

Keeping my SSN private

I have a new health care provider via a state-sponsored program. They use my social security number as my ID number. What is the most effective way to fight this? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Jul 4, 2005 - 13 answers

Savings Bond with Anglicized Name and Giver's SSN and Address -- Can I Still Redeem?

Incorrect information on US Savings Bonds... Some bonds that were given to me years ago are coming of age, and horror of horrors, there's one that's got just about every piece of information wrong. The last name has been Anglicized, the social security number is the giver's, and the address under my name is the giver's as well (I suspect this came from a well-meaning relative who used a not-too-perceptive messenger to actually get the bond).

Will it be a big hassle to redeem this bond when the time comes? I'm told that if it's just a name or a SS number that's incorrect, it's usually not a problem, but this seems like the next level.
posted by greatgefilte on Dec 19, 2004 - 2 answers

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