Thanks for the information and the warning. That’s just terrible.
Because both my husband and I have had several events this past year that required hospital visits (mostly outpatient) I’ve had to supply my SS number all over the place. Furthermore, the State of Wisconsin uses the last 4 digits of the SS number as an identifier to vote if you do not have a Driver’s License, or State ID. That does not affect me, but I m a poll worker and have taken those numbers from lots of people.
In any case, I have to give my SS number all over the place. Often you need at least the last 4 digits to use a charge card on line, or on the phone, or to retrieve your forgotten password. It seems that somebody is asking for it all the time.
My 99 year old mother broke her leg last mmonth and is in a rehab facility. Likewise, her SS number is spread all over. I am very uncomfortable about this. It looks like we’ll all be getting LifeLock.
Do get Lifelock. It is not expensive. It is not a guarantee, either, as there is only so much monitoring that they can do, but they act like an insurer; if, say, your bank account were raided and you could not prove it to the bank, Lifelock would reimburse you.
More here . . . http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2902951/posts?page=1
.All over the place is right!
Utility companies ask for the last 4 digits when you change from one address to another.
Not sure how to avoid doing that as no-to-illegals mentioned.