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When to give your Social Security number, and when not to

Despite its not being originally intended as an identification method, your Social Security number has evolved over the years to become the de facto method of identifying yourself.  As a consumer, it’s not at all unusual for your utility company, a car dealership, your doctor and dentist, and a myriad of other service providers to ask for your number as part of the transaction.  But while some may actually have a good and valid reason for requesting it, others do so simply as a matter of convenience to prove that you are, in fact, who you say you are.  This USA Today article by Steven Petrow explains that your Social Security number is precious, and that it’s okay to question why a service provider is asking for it.  Click here to read more.

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