Stolen social security numbers are on the increase.
This crime is becoming more and more prevalent.
One of the fastest growing crimes in America is identity theft and with the economic crisis our country is struggling through, this crime has greatly escalated this crime.
A criminal who steals your social security number then has complete access to all other kinds of your personal information.
Your number, in an identity thief’s hand, gives them the ability to open new credit card accounts in your name, run up the account, and then not pay the bill.
Go to social security facts to learn how social security works.
As happens so many times, you may not find out your stolen social security numbers has been used until you are turned down for credit or a creditor calls to find out why you are late making payments on an account you didn't open.
This type of theft happens in residential, business and public trash dumps.
The thief rummages around for any personal information that will make stealing your identity easier, or gives the thief more information to access your bigger assets.
My sister works in the administration field for a large health care company.
Her company uses an outside business that specializes in shredding confidential papers to keep all the personal information safe from outsider’s eyes.
Many companies just “toss” documents containing personal information in the trash.
This puts everyone at risk, as absolutely anyone then has access to the information.
Personal documents that have personal information on them are now required by law, in many states, to make that information unreadable prior to disposal.
The thief may pay an employee from a store, such as a restaurant, for information about you that appears on your credit card or application for credit or services.
For more knowledge to protect yourself from becoming a victim, go to social security identity theft to learn more.
Years ago, I worked at a casino as an auditor. We all had time cards we punched every day.
At the time, thank goodness, identity theft was not a problem, as our full name, and social security number where posted in plain sight on those cards were everyone and his brother could see them.
Your risk factor increases greatly anytime an employer places your social security number on reports, documents, receipts, or ID badges.
I have had many high level positions where ID badges where used and have been fortunate that my social security number was never used as an identifier number.
When asked for your Social Security number, it is extremely important to find out why it’s needed.
The last four digits of your Social Security number should always be kept secret.
If you feel uncomfortable with the answer, find an alternative means of ID, or try another company.
Legally, you’re only required to give your Social Security number for governmental purposes, an employer, or when applying for new financial accounts.
Your name and address combined with the last four digits could be used by a criminal to obtain a huge amount of information.
This statement is mailed automatically each year to workers age 25 and older. You may request this online or call your social security office 1-800-772-1213.
If your social security number has been stolen and has been used by someone else and has created credit or other problems for you, these problems cannot be resolved by Social Security.
Here are a few tips to keep your social security number safe:
Make sure your mailbox is able to lock and is secure.
There have been many instances where mailboxes in apartments and residential areas are broken into specifically for personal information.
Do the same thing when at the bank ATM.
Stolen Social Security Numbers can cause you a world of hurt in many different ways so, please become knowledgeable in avoiding identity theft. Knowledge is definitely power.