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How to Protect Your Identity: Stop Giving Out the Last 4 Numbers of your Social Security Number

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I’ve always had a problem with financial companies asking me for my personal information. I’ve always done my best to get around giving information like my social security number as a means of verifying who I am when on the phone with any financial institution. This weekend I had a realization about protecting your identity [...] View the full article: How to Protect Your Identity: Stop Giving Out the Last 4 Numbers of your Social Security Number on The BiggerPockets Blog. This content is Copyright © 2017 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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    Court
    Replied over 12 years ago
    That’s a very interesting point! How do you usually get out of it? Will they ask for another piece of information to make sure you are who you say you are?
    PT
    Replied over 12 years ago
    Yes, what do you provide them that allows them to verify who they are? Have you found that they accept an alternative? Reply Report comment
    PT
    Replied over 12 years ago
    Yes, what do you provide them that allows them to verify who they are? Have you found that they accept an alternative?
    PT
    Replied over 12 years ago
    Yes, what do you provide them that allows them to verify who they are? Have you found that they accept an alternative?
    Larry
    Replied almost 9 years ago
    If it someone who wants the number, but is not using it to verify my ID, such as the doctors office, a drug screening company, etc, what I do is give them a fake SSN so they are satisfied. If my SSN is stolen, it wont work with my name (like if they tried to apply for benefits, posing as me with my name, but using my fake SSN). How I do I remember the fake SSN I use at different places? 1) I use the same fake SSN each place, each time. 2) I simply increase each number of my real SSN by one digit. Example: if my real SSN is 038-51-2647, I write down 149-62-3758
    Larry
    Replied almost 9 years ago
    If it someone who wants the number, but is not using it to verify my ID, such as the doctors office, a drug screening company, etc, what I do is give them a fake SSN so they are satisfied. If my SSN is stolen, it wont work with my name (like if they tried to apply for benefits, posing as me with my name, but using my fake SSN). How I do I remember the fake SSN I use at different places? 1) I use the same fake SSN each place, each time. 2) I simply increase each number of my real SSN by one digit. Example: if my real SSN is 038-51-2647, I write down 149-62-3758