Congratulations, You May Have Your Own SSN Pen Pal In Micronesia

Congratulations, You May Have Your Own SSN Pen Pal In Micronesia

If you get a call from a debt collector for a loan you never took out, and your Social Security number starts with a zero, try this excuse: “[My SSN] ended up linked to a Micronesian man who defaulted on a disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration.”

Some SSNs Can Be Guessed Using Birthdate And Location, Say Researchers

Some SSNs Can Be Guessed Using Birthdate And Location, Say Researchers

It turns out our Social Security numbering system, which launched in 1936, isn’t very foolproof against some types of hacking. The New York Times reports that researchers at Carnegie Mellon University “used statistical techniques to predict Social Security numbers solely from an individual’s date and location of birth.”

9/11 Ruins Another Customer Experience

9/11 Ruins Another Customer Experience

Angela can’t get a new American Express card because Amex can’t verify her Social Security number. They have to verify it because of 9/11. Since they can’t, they’ve canceled her application. Because of 9/11.

Dallas School District Caught Using Random SSNs For Foreign Workers

Dallas School District Caught Using Random SSNs For Foreign Workers

The Dallas Independent School District has been making up fake Social Security Numbers for foreign hires for years, even after being told in 2004 by the state’s education board to stop because it’s illegal. The numbers were meant to “expedite” the hiring process and get the employees on payroll, but they found their way onto Department of Homeland Security and IRS forms (which are kept in-district but shared with feds upon request), were used for criminal background checks, and in at least 26 cases were numbers in use by real people.