The Consumer Rights Law Blog has posted an article that discusses why it’s so important for you to keep your Social Security number private. The information your SSN reveals about you is surprisingly detailed and it falling into the wrong hands can have devastating results.
For example, the first three digits of your SSN tell what state you were born in. An identity thief just having your name and SSN and knowing what state you’re from can’t amount to anything, right? After all, you can’t open up a new credit card with just a Social and a home-state.
However, in the hands of an identity thief who has access to technology, just this little bit of information can have devastating results to your credit. Finding out information about somebody is surprisingly easy thanks to the internet. In no time at all they could uncover a street address, a birthday, a spouse’s name and childrens name’s, a workplace, or even hobbies.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what the identity thief could find out for free. If they’re willing to pay a few dollars on a people search website they could find out even more, but they don’t need to take that extra step since they already have everything they need to know about you.
You SSN sums up everything about your identity and it can be disastrous if an identity thief were to acquire it. It’s important to be careful when giving the number out and to only do so when it’s to a trusted and legitimate source.
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