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50 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY AND YOUR CREDIT EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IDENTITY THEFT, CREDIT CARDS, CREDIT REPAIR, AND CREDIT REPORTS by Steve Weisman

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Chapter 4. YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER—AN IDENTITY THIEF'S LUCKY NUMBER

Allow an identity thief access to your Social Security number and in a very short time you will be victimized. Armed with your Social Security number an identity thief can readily access your bank accounts and other assets as well as establish credit and run up debts in your name. Protecting your Social Security number requires great diligence.

Driver's License

In 1996, the Federal Immigration Reform Act made it mandatory for each of the states to obtain the Social Security number of every applicant for a driver's license in an effort to reduce illegal immigration. Unfortunately, a side effect of this legislation was that more states started using your Social Security number ...

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