Social Security Numbers
- If a private business requests your SSN, don’t be afraid to ask why or inquire about another option.
- Do not make a habit of carrying around cards that include your SSN; you only need it for special circumstances like the first day of a new job.
- As a rule of thumb, never give out your SSN during a phone call that you did not initiate.
- Never provide your SSN when shopping online.
- If you must provide your SSN online, such as when applying for a credit card, bank account, or government benefit, check the address bar for both a padlock symbol and an “https” web address.
- If your SSN is being displayed or released by your employer in a way that makes you uncomfortable, discuss with them the potential for fraud and how their policies should reflect this.