2. Don’t disclose your personal information or SSN
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Did you know that the cable company and the doctor’s office don’t need your social security number, nor do they have a right to require it? You do need to provide it to banks and other financial institutions, but rarely to anyone else. The next time someone asks you for it, find out if your account can be set up without it. If the person says no, verify by talking to a supervisor. In the case of a utility provider, they may tell you that without it they can’t offer you credit and you’ll have to pay a cash deposit instead.
As with pieces of mail that you choose to keep, store your Social Security card in an inaccessible, secret location, preferably locked and never in your wallet. In addition, don’t respond to unsolicited requests for personal info by phone, email, or mail. If you do receive a phone call from a scammer who requests personal information, report the number to the National Do Not Call Registry of the FTC.