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Social Security Savvy

You might be surprised how many people will ask for your Social Security number: schools, banks, potential employers, doctor’s offices, rental applications, utility accounts, etc. When someone requests your Social Security number, ask:

  • Why they want it
  • How it will be used
  • How it will be protected
  • What happens if you don’t give it to them

Employers and financial institutions are required by law to use your Social Security number. On most job applications, instead of giving your Social Security number, write in “available upon hire.”  For other requests you may be able to just leave that line blank.

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