SSN SOS

Sep 30, 2010 Author Guy

From the October 2009 issue of Reader’s Digest.

As if we needed another reason to worry about identity theft: Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered it’s fairly easy to guess the first six digits of a person’s Social Security number if you know the birth date hometown. That’s because there are chronological and geographical patterns to the numbers.

The Social Security Administration is working on a method to generate randomized numbers. But what to do in the meantime? Don’t carry your SS card in your wallet, don’t write your number on a check and don’t give our your number – or any other identifying information, like your birth date – unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Good information to know and to pass around to friends and family.