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Time to retire Social Security numbers


June 3, 2019

Like most people, I didn’t think much about my Social Security number – until I got a bizarre call from a total stranger.

“Hello?” I answered suspiciously, because I saw “restricted” on my smartphone screen.

“Hello, Tom.”

“Who is this? What do you want?”

“Who I am isn’t important. I called to thank you for working hard and paying your bills on time. Your excellent credit was just what I was looking for when I borrowed your Social Security number.”

“You WHAT?”

“It was easy, Tom. Maybe I sifted through your garbage, or bought it from a hacker, or got you to cli...

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