How To Protect Social Security Number From ID Thieves

  1. In general, don’t give out personal information. Just don’t do it. Hardly anybody that you deal with in everyday situations has a legitimate need for more than your name, address, phone number and to see your picture ID.I strongly suggest you to visit social security card back number to learn more about this.

  1. Don’t carry your Social Security card. Leave it at home in a secure place. Ditto for your credit and debit cards. Carry only the ones you intend to use that day.

  1. If your state uses your Social Security number on your driver’s license, ask them to use a substitute number. Ask your health insurance company to do the same if your policy number is the same as your SSN. And your student ID as well.

  1. Almost every other situation where you will need to give your Social Security number will be a face-to-face encounter: a prospective landlord, a new employer, hospital or medical services, a new credit account or loan, etc. For utilities, insurance and other services that might be started by phone, make sure that YOU make the call and initiate the correspondence.

  1. Unless you are attempting to initiate an open account with a company and they need your Social Security number to check your credit, ask why they need it. If you pay them by cash, check or credit card, they don’t need your Social Security number.

  1. Assume every email request for your personal information is fraudulent even if it appears to be from YOUR bank, credit card company, eBay, Amazon or other business you deal with online. Do not click on any links or paste them to your browser. Delete the email. Directly from your browser, go to their website and pull up your account. (If you don’t have their internet address, typing their name into ‘Google’ will get it for you) Any problem they have with your account will show up there. If it isn’t there, the email was a scam.

  1. Find out what security procedures your workplace or business, doctor’s offices or other institutions that collect your identifying information are using to secure it, who has access to it, how, and when it will be disposed of, and if they share your information with other agencies or institutions. Ask them to insure your information is kept confidential.