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How sensitive is one's social security number?

Asked by delta77 (196points) March 6th, 2010

What can an evil-intentioned person do with someone else’s social security number and other basic info like name and address? I lost a job application that had all my info like this on it, worried what might happen . . . .

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Captain_Fantasy's avatar

They can take a credit card out in your name, make a loan, and do all sorts of stuff that will ruin your life.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Yeah, that’s pretty bad – you shouldn’t ever disclose such info on a job application, even if asked for it.

lilikoi's avatar

It’s right up there with the penis and vagina.

kevbo's avatar

It’s funny, because in the 50s (or thereabouts) the thing to do was to put your SSN on all of your important property so it could be recovered if lost or stolen.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

@kevbo, try the ‘90s. The police would lend people in neighborhood associations engraving pens to put their SS# on electronics.

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