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The age-old question: Must I divulge my Social Security Number when asked?

In the past few years, the seemingly endless barrage of security breaches that cause millions of pieces of personal information–including Social Security Numbers–to be unleashed to nefarious sources has given many of a chill. In an article titled “When It’s Required to Provide Your Social Security Number and When It’s Not,” the Brian T. Edmondson of provides some guidance on the question, noting that the need to establish credit worthiness is the only legitimate reason to provide this form of identification. His article also covers the ways one can politely decline the request. Check out his post here…


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