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Giving your Social Security Number for the Backgroud Check?

I have been sent a form from the State GOP to fill out so that the Secret Service can do a background check and give me credentials for the RNC. At first I didn't think twice - seemed normal enough - but then I thought about it - ESPECIALLY because the State's GOP Chair asked me for it over the phone. I told him I would come and fill out the paperwork in person.

So I thought about it some more. I HAVE DONE background checks on my tenants and all I needed was their name and previous addresses. I am feeling uneasy about giving the GOP my social security number. I don't have anything to hide - but I thought only the IRS could ask you for that. And can't the Secret Service do a background check like I do for my renters? AND if I have a recently issued US Passport can't I just show that?

I know I'm probably being a bit over-cautious - but to put it bluntly - I do not want the state GOP or the RNC having access to my SSnumber. What do they want to do? see my credit score???

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does anyone else find this odd?

or should we all just pass in our SS# to the State GOP?

What you could do is everyone

What you could do is everyone refuse to be addressed by anything other than his social security number. Everybody puts his number right out there in the public for everyone to see, tattoo it on your arm, put it on your mailbox, wear it on a shirt, identity theft goes through the roof, and the entire social security number thing comes crashing down because it's become a pigs' breakfast.

If you really want rid of social security, you don't do it by protecting your number, you do it by defiling your number.

As crazy as your plan seems

As crazy as your plan seems at first, I think it would work in the long run. But wouldnt it be like cutting off your foot to get rid of an ingrown toenail.

I have yet to see anyone

I have yet to see anyone demonstrate a law requiring one to protect the confidentiality of his social security number.

Kathleen Gee's picture

Sounds like a recipe for identity theft.

Even if it isn't for a nefarious purpose, you should never send SSNs via email. The risk of identity theft is too high.

I find this a bit fishy.

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