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Is there a way to find out if...

by Maggie6243 / December 12, 2006 10:01 PM PST

someone is using your SS#? With so much ID theft, it would be good to know how to find out. Does anyone know how to go about finding out?...Maggie

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Do you ever get a statement from SS?
by duckman / December 12, 2006 10:06 PM PST

Just contact them and they can tell you

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Some advice.
by Angeline Booher / December 13, 2006 3:14 AM PST

Do you have your SS check deposited directly to your bank account? Thieves get SS#s out of mail boxes. Direct deposit prevents that,

Never give your SS# on the phone or in email.

Shred all documents that contain your SS#, like bank statements, and insurance EOBs. Be sure your SS# on your drivers license is encrypted.

No matter how "official" they look, banks do not send emails. If somebody says they are calling from your bank, ask for their name and number so you can call them.

There are new scams cropping up every day. The official SS site at:

http://www.ssa.gov/

has this scam posted:

http://www.ssa.gov/pressoffice/pr/colaPhishingScam-pr.htm

Social Security also does not send emails.

If you shop on line (like I do!), stay with sites you trust. If you're not sure, then don't buy.

If you use a debit or check card, be sure no one else can see the numbers you type in.

Shred old paid checks when the time comes so your bank account number won't be stolen. The same goes for credit card statements for the same reason.

Guard your purse from pick pockets.

I THINK the credit reporting companies can be advised to notify you if any unauthorized charges are suspected. it's wise to check your credit report. It can be done yearly for free.

It's a shame we have to live like everybody is out to rob us, but a lot of people are.

Check your bank and credit card statements carefully for unauthorized charges.

All of that being said, here is how to contact Social Security, They do have an 800 number.

http://www.ssa.gov/reach.htm

Hope this helps, Maggie!

Angeline
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Thanks Angeline....
by Maggie6243 / December 13, 2006 3:51 AM PST
In reply to: Some advice.

Good info. The reason I was wondering, is after the "raids" yesterday one of the officials from the company said they always checked SS#'s on all applicants, but they couldn't get info on if there was more than one person using a SS#. That got me to wondering if there is a way to find out if someone is using mine. I guess if these companys can't find out,there's no way for us to find out either,huh....Maggie

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Also helpful when shopping online
by jmhal / December 13, 2006 5:57 AM PST
In reply to: Some advice.

is to check resellerratings.com they have customer reviews and ratings for a lot of online retailers.
Also, my check card is issued through visa and they allow you to set a password that is required anytime you shop online, Verified by Visa

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Also don't carry you ss card in your wallet
by Diana Forum moderator / December 13, 2006 11:47 AM PST
In reply to: Some advice.

I don't know how many times I've seen people open their wallets and there's their social security card. Not even hidden behind other cards.

Diana

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Speaking of SSN #
by JP Bill / December 13, 2006 4:30 AM PST
A note from Rick Stephens, Sr. Vice President Boeing Human Resources and
Administration


What's Happened
I am writing to let you know that a laptop belonging to a manager in Boeing Commercial
Airplanes was stolen from his residence the week of Nov 5th. Upon a review of files and
folders contained in the computer, we determined that there were old, unencrypted
documents pertaining to salary planning that contained only the Social Security Numbers
(SSN) of past and present Boeing employees, yours included. No other personally-
identifiable information such as name, date-of-birth, home address, banking or credit card
information was on file in the stolen laptop.
There is no evidence at this time that information contained on the computer in question
has been accessed, used or disclosed. This letter serves as formal notification to you of
this loss.
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