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Old 07-08-2022, 03:37 AM
 
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I was in lawyers office for consultation. I gave them my social sec # when they were gathering my information. I ended up not retaining their services and now im concerned of identity theft.



Is it standard for a lawyer to have the ssn of a prospective client?
Should i call them back and ask them to destroy paperwork or something?
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Old 07-08-2022, 07:22 AM
 
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KYC due diligence “know your customer” they could destroy the doc and still have your number. I’d worry less and move on
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Old 07-13-2022, 07:00 AM
 
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I was in lawyers office for consultation. I gave them my social sec # when they were gathering my information. I ended up not retaining their services and now im concerned of identity theft.



Is it standard for a lawyer to have the ssn of a prospective client?
Should i call them back and ask them to destroy paperwork or something?

They probably want it to make it easier to sue you if you don't pay their bill.


Anytime I'm asked for my SSN like this I only give them the last 4 or demand they give me a very good explanation of why they need it. I'll also offer up my driver's license number instead, which often sates them.



These days, I think you just have to assume that your info is out there and take steps accordingly. Freeze your credit, monitor your credit (don't need to pay for monitoring, most credit cards now provide a limited credit report and score for free...if you can see your open accounts, that's all you really need), and sign up for a filing PIN with the IRS. From then on it's just basic due diligence.
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Old 07-13-2022, 07:26 AM
 
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They probably want it to make it easier to sue you if you don't pay their bill.


Anytime I'm asked for my SSN like this I only give them the last 4 or demand they give me a very good explanation of why they need it. I'll also offer up my driver's license number instead, which often sates them.



These days, I think you just have to assume that your info is out there and take steps accordingly. Freeze your credit, monitor your credit (don't need to pay for monitoring, most credit cards now provide a limited credit report and score for free...if you can see your open accounts, that's all you really need), and sign up for a filing PIN with the IRS. From then on it's just basic due diligence.
You should understand the patriot act and the obligation for some professionals to follow KYC rules.
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Old 07-14-2022, 01:10 PM
 
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You should understand the patriot act and the obligation for some professionals to follow KYC rules.

We sure if that's the case, but they're going to explain that to me. I also have a Real ID act compliant drivers license that should be good enough.
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Old 07-14-2022, 01:14 PM
 
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We sure if that's the case, but they're going to explain that to me. I also have a Real ID act compliant drivers license that should be good enough.
It’s not good enough to open financial accounts/credit cards so it shouldnt be shocking to you if that’s not good enough for a legal/privileged relationship
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