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Old 08-18-2009, 10:53 AM
 
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doctor's office's are really into it
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX!!!!
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I guess I misunderstood the post. I thought that when the OP was writing a check or trying to use a credit card she was asked for her SS card to show as ID or told to write it on a check. Yes, when you open an interest bearing account you need your SS because the banks have to report it to the gov. At the doctor's office I had to give my husbands because he in the primary on the insurance and that's how the insurance company Ids him.
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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I think the only places required to have it are the bank, DMV, and Dr. offices. Other than that if anyone asks, you don't have to give it. I know that when we first moved here my husband got asked several times and he just told them he doesn't give out that info. I like chickenfry's fake number idea for those bullies who really don't need it.
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Our insurance companies (we have differing ones) require only the number they've assigned, which doesn't happen to be the SSN. But I can see how some insurance companies would find it convenient to "require" it, though I'll bet if push came to shove they'd assign you a different number.
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Holly Neighborhood, AUSTINtx
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doctor's office's are really into it
True. The last three doctors I went to all had a space on their form for it and each time I left it blank.
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:50 PM
 
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To answer the query as to who was asking:

1. The insurance company
2. the family practice doctor
3. the eye doctor
4. the dentist
5. the store where I was shopping and wanted to write a check

Doctors are trying to get one system where a person is identified no matter where they go. (I would suppose the SS # would work although it isn't suppose to be used as an identifier). Right now, (where we're from anyways), there is no single system to track a patient.

Someone could go to their regular doctor in the morning, urgent care in the afternoon and then the emergency room at night. The system currently does not track. This is what I'm told by my physicians back home anyways. I suppose soon enough we'll all have chips so they can scan us.

Today I passed a car that had a huge bar code on the side window. I wondered if that was a Texas thing. Sorry, I do divert.
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:00 PM
 
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I never give out any part of my social unless I'm sure I have to. There are algorithms out there that can guess your SSN if they have your DOB, state of birth, and last 4 digits with 20-40% accuracy (the younger you are the higher the %, it has to do with the way they are assigned). The next time someone ask for your last 4 digits and your DOB, think twice about giving it out.

The fact that we can't safely and openly uniquely identify people and at the same time securely VERIFY them is completely ridiculous.
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:02 PM
 
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oldtoilet - the only state I'm aware of that has laws preventing the use of the SSN as an identifier electronically is CA. If you came from there, you would find a significant increase in useage in any other state you live in.
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:54 AM
 
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Oh, I forgot...Time Warner also asks for it. Thanks for the info paul6835.
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Old 08-19-2009, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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I don't think you have to give it to Time Warner.
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