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Old Feb 24, 2004, 6:11 PM   #1
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Default Be advised...especially the last part of the article

Hi all,

I suggest you read this article carefully.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4264051/

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Old Feb 24, 2004, 6:54 PM   #2
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It pays to be paranoid in the electronic age.

And don't hand out your Social Security number to the idiots in stores, libraries, doctors' offices, etc. who think it's an easy way to set up their filing systems.
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Are you talking about the ad for the camera from MPSuperstore? (That was the "last part of the article" when I read it.)
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Old Feb 24, 2004, 9:25 PM   #4
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And since social security numbers are not unique they don't even make a good unique identifier! (I believe they are now, but they certainly weren't 40-50 years ago... and many people that age are still alive.)

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It won't be much longer to wait for biometrics in stores: - 'please stand here Sir and have your eyeballs scanned' !! VOX
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Old Feb 25, 2004, 6:08 AM   #6
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If you look at your Soc Sec card it says "Not to be used for identification"
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Old Feb 25, 2004, 6:39 AM   #7
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Like many people I cary a number of pieces of "identification" with me at any one time. Work security pass, bus pass, library pass, bank card. All of them can be faked and now they want us to add one more.

I suspect that biometric data will only be as secure as the system that it is kept in. Also, the possibilities of "lifting" someones biomertic data has already been explored in films that no longer seem fantasy but potential fact.

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Old Feb 25, 2004, 7:38 AM   #8
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If you look at your Soc Sec card it says "Not to be used for identification"
Some say this, some don't. Depends on when the card was issued. My first card had it, but when I got married and changed my name and needed a new card, it didn't have the warning. I don't know if it's on my son's. I'll have to ask him.
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Hi all,

Good discussion here

What caused me "some concern" (understatement!) was the poor
folks who had joined up with P__P__ and then subsequently
had their accounts "emptied" by some bottom feeders that
give the noble flounder a bad name.

I am not enrolled with P__ P___ and never will be.

Yes, I heartily concur with bcoultry. Never give up your SSN
for "identification".

Also, do not carry it in your wallet or purse.

Also, I do not know about other states but in my state you
can have your driver's license changed so that the SSN
is not on it.

Be safe, be vigilant
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Identity theft is rapidly on the rise. My husband had his SS card & 1-2 credit cards taken out of his inner suit coat pocket (which was in his wallet) at work. They didn't take any money, so DH didn't discover it was missing until the next day. After several calls, we found out they had charged up a bunch of stuff at Best buy and eaten out at a couple of places. It was really an eye opening experience for us. We had to make sure we contacted all the banks and they put our accounts on "hold" for like 90 days. This way, no changes could be made to the accounts (like home equity or otherwise). Luckily (and so far), nothing more has happened. We weren't responsible for the cc charges; however, these ppl still have his info. Did you know you can get a driver's license with a ss card and some cc's? These people could have easily posed as him and gotten a fake driver's license. Yikes, it is scary! At least more and more financial institutions are trying to do right by consumers when their identity is stolen. What a bunch of scumbags this mortgage co. (in the article) was!

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