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Edgark2 (talk|edits) said:

4 March 2008
Hello everybody, I have been using my social security number for my taxation purposes. But, I have been recently intimidated by my lawyer that since the crime of identity theft has been on the high I should be careful in using it. I am really concerned about this and need to know whether there are any ways by which we can protect them.

Natalie (talk|edits) said:

March 4, 2008
Don't give it out to anyone unless you are required to.

Lisacole (talk|edits) said:

5 March 2008
The word you say is absolutely striking. The situations of identity theft are really increasing and it was only a few days that my friend had been a victim of this. That is when he was advised by his well-wishers to enroll for [SPAM]. He had enquired with them and the services they offer are really a plus point in making us secure about our personal details. I too assume that his decision is right to go for such a deal as he is now very cautious about his details. I myself will be taking a step in the same way and advice you to do the same.

Fsteincpa (talk|edits) said:

5 March 2008
Almost sounds like a shill doesn't she? Even though a shill she may be, maybe even a shrill shill, the best way to protect is to not give it out. Practitioners can get PTIN's and taxpayors can get ITIN's now.

And as much as I hate the shilling, Curt Schilling <don't really hate, just dislike curt> and the red sux too <absolutely unequivocally hate the sux>, using the credit protection services to inform you whenever there is a change or when someone looks at your credit is a good thing now.

either review your credit regularly or get one of the services.

Dang I hate shilling for the shill.

Phil Moody (talk|edits) said:

5 March 2008
I have an imaginary friend with a special name and SSN and even an address with zip (his zip changes quite often) that I use on various items that I know are junk. On most written info, you can not tell the 7 from a 9, or the 0 from an 8, or the 1 from a 7.

I got tired of the cashier at the local grocery asking for my SSN. So now I just give her my friend's and she is perfectly happy. I just say, I can write it better than say it.

I ask my attorney about this, and his reply was as long as I had permission from my friend, I was OK.

Bottom Line (talk|edits) said:

5 March 2008
Your homeowners insurance policy may have a rider that can reimburse you for costs if your identity is stolen.

Natalie (talk|edits) said:

March 5, 2008
Okay, does anyone else smell spam here? Or is it just a coincidence that Edgark and Lisa signed up on TA about the same time (9/26/07 and 9/27/07) and have few postings but the ones they do have are in common?

Natalie (talk|edits) said:

March 5, 2008
Oops, yes, I see Fred and I are on the same wavelength again.

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

5 March 2008
SPAM every tax professional knows to use a PTIN - if they are still using a SSN, they are not a professional. PERIOD.
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