Social Security Secrets: Dangerous Places To
Reveal Your SS Number!

Social security secrets will reveal some of the more risky places you may be giving out your Social Security number.

Social security secrets you need to be aware of.

Nine million Americans are affected by identity theft every year that can devastate your credit score, finances, and medical health.

The amount of stolen social security numbers has increased greatly over the last few years, one reason being the crash of the economy.

Recently, the antivirus software company McAfee, released a list of the most unsafe places you can give your social security number.

This list will be a surprise and a wake up call to most everyone.

These businesses are based and ranked on the amount of data breaches that involve Social Security numbers from Jan. 2009-Oct. 2010.

To receive services from most businesses you are required to reveal your social security number (required by the businesses own policy or required by law).

This is a perfect recipe to become a victim of identity theft.

Social Security Secrets: List Of
Worst Places To Reveal Your SS#

  • Colleges and universities
  • Financial and banking institutions
  • Your State government
  • Your Local government
  • Our Federal government
  • Medical business – Businesses that concentrate on products and services in the medical field.

These include services in medical billing, pharmaceutical companies, dialysis and diabetes supplies, etc.

  • Organizations that is non-profit
  • Technology companies
  • Medical offices and health insurers

These days you have to be aware and knowledgeable to the dangers of identity theft and how you can become a victim.

For more information to protect yourself from this devastating crime, go to avoiding identity theft to learn more.

Take steps to lower your risk of identity theft and limit the fallout from becoming a victim.

Social Security
Secrets and Tips

  • If you are contacted by a person by email or on the phone, do Not give out any of your personal information to this person.
  • I have received numerous emails and phone calls over the years that claim I have a refund, won a trip, or the IRS has a refund for me, (this last one I have a harder time believing).

Never give your social security number to people like this.

These are normally hoaxes and you will wind up becoming a victim of identity theft.

The IRS will never ask you for personal information via email.

  • If you must give your social security number to verify your identity, such as a license or credit application, ask the organization, company, or agency if you may give only the last four numbers rather than the whole social security number.

Explain this is for your own protection.

  • We all used to carry our social security card in our purse or wallet, but in this day and age where identity theft is a more common occurrence; it is much wiser to Not carry your card on your person.
  • Lock your social security card in a fireproof safe deposit box in the bank or fireproof box in your home.

Go to social security news to keep yourself up to date on new social security scams.

  • Your identity is much more vulnerable to identity theft if you carry your card on you.

If the thief has access to your social security number, he also has access to your whole life.

  • Kids in college have a big problem with this as they are more likely to leave their wallets or purses with all their personal information laying around where other’s can see, or have access to them.
  • Always shred anything that has your personal information on it.

I also shred anything that has my name and address on it.

  • Make sure you take the appropriate steps to insure your online safety.

Install internet security software and antivirus on your computer and frequently update it.

  • It is also a good idea to change your password frequently that go to your online accounts.

Don’t use the same passwords for social networks and your financial accounts.

Social security secrets also include controlling any damage that may occur.

This includes taking time to frequently check all your credit card accounts and your bank account on a consistent basis.

I recently found while checking my online bank account that one of my cards had a charge on it that I hadn’t made.

I called my bank's fraud unit, reported it, cancelled the card, received a new one, and changed the PIN number.

The fraudulent purchase had been made online. I had just used that card to make an online purchase.

Obviously, my information had been captured.

  • Once a year you can go to to take advantage of the free credit report you are entitled to from the three credit bureaus Equifax, TransUnion and Experian.
  • I don’t check them all at one time; I order each one separately allowing me to spread out my credit checks throughout the year.

I find this a better way to do this and your chances of catching something fraudulent are maximized.

If you find a problem, ask the three credit bureaus to put fraud alerts on your accounts.

See credit freeze for step-by-step comprehensive and critical instructions.

If your purse or wallet is stolen and your social security card, credit cards, etc is in it be sure to contact the police and file a police report.

This action will allow you to have an extended fraud alert, which lasts 7 years, on your credit report and the documentation will help your case if you become an ID theft victim.

Follow the credit freeze link above for the proper steps to take.

These social security secrets will keep your chances of identity theft to a minimum and help you educate yourself on this crime that has risen to epidemic proportions in the last few years.

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