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Old 08-18-2012, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Reno
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From what I can tell they require (and store) your SSN as an ID. This is absolutely ridiculous from a security standpoint and makes NVEnergy one tasty target for one stop ID theft shopping. I feel like it went back in time to the 90's..

Anyone here successfully protect themselves from this idiocy?
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Seattle area
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Assuming they don't require seeing the card, just give them a fake number that you keep track of. They can't verify the number.
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Old 08-24-2012, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Reno
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Assuming they don't require seeing the card, just give them a fake number that you keep track of. They can't verify the number.
They also use it to pull a soft credit check to decide whether to require a deposit. Of course they don't need your SSN to run a credit report at all however if you give them a bogus one (I usually suggest using the reserved for advertising SSNs) it'll kick back the credit report.

I went through a similar hassle with Truckee water, the guy I spoke with claimed they need your SSN to run a credit report, which is 100% wrong. I've been writing credit terminal software for well over 20 years now, SSN's are not and never were required to run credit reports. It's can make it cheaper if there are multiple hits on a name, however you can avoid that by simply including a last known address.

I'm filing a complaint with the BCP.. which they will promptly ignore most likely.

This move to Reno is like going in a time machine back to the 70's....
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