Don't Let Your Social Security Number Be Used for Identity Theft Purposes

Keeping Your Social Security Number Safe

Whether you know it or not, your social security number is one of the most important numbers in your life. Without one, you don't exist -- not on paper anyway. That is why you need to take extra care with it. Here are a few things you can do to ensure your social security number remains safe and out of the hands of those who would exploit it.

Hold On Tightly

Throughout the course of your life you're going to encounter numerous instances in which you'll be asked for your social security number. When you apply for a loan or a job you're going to need it. You'll even need it to enroll in school. Just remember, you don't have to give your social security number to everyone who asks for it.

If someone asks for your social security number, clarify whether it's a requirement or just a request. While creditors and employers will legitimately need this information, others might not. If your social security number is not required information, keep it to yourself. You don't want to pass it around any more than you have to.

A Few More Tips

In addition to not giving your social security number to those who don't really need it, there are a few other safeguards you can take. First and foremost, don't say your number out loud. If someone asks for it verbally, write it down on paper and show it to them, then take the paper back.

Also, if your checks or your driver's license have your social security number on them, try to get it removed. This way if someone has a copy of your license or a copy of one of your checks, they don't have your social security number as well.

And last, but not least, don't carry your social security card in your wallet. Only bring your card with you when you know you're going to need it. This way if your wallet is lost or stolen, your social security number isn't at risk of falling into the wrong hands.

Always remember that your social security number can be the one thing between an identity theft criminal and your identity. Do everything you need to in order to keep it safe.

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