Most people are aware that their name and social security number can be used to steal an identity. The third part of the equation is date of birth. Too many people are asking for it. Facebook and other sites seem to think its okay to ask for this information and then do not protect it. If a site wants to know if a person is over 18 years of age have the person check a box verifying this fact. Wheel of Fortune had a giveaway and asked for DOB and it was required to be filled out to enter. Since I would not do that, I may have lost the chance on a $350,000 house. Recently I ordered a product and the site asked for the DOB. I refused to supply it.
The medical profession uses this as an identifier, and they should come up with another method of identification. When my Mom was alive, she and another lady who went to a doctor’s office had the same name. Their charts got confused although they did not have the same Birthday. So, obviously it isn’t working.
When people ask for and receive personal information, they are then obligated to protect it. This doesn’t happen, and the American public is once again exposed to ID theft. It is time for us to rebel and refuse to provide this information to anyone who asks. Particularly if it’s on the Internet. Businesses, social media and others should not be asking for any information that can be used to commit a crime unless it is necessary. Yes, we can all use a fake DOB, but we shouldn’t have to.
If you read my blog about children’s ID being stolen and that parents should not be giving a child’s SSN or DOB without a valid reason. I contacted a congressman and the Social Security Administration about child ID theft and asking why the SSN can’t be tagged so they cannot be used. Both responded promptly, but the congressman sent an email that had nothing to do with my request, so I guess no one read it. The person at social security did appear to read my email although they seemed to think my child’s SSN had been used and replied, “Social Security protects children’s Social Security Numbers except when authorized by law.” The email went on to say to be careful when giving it out and what to do if the ID is stolen. They offered to review their record with me to ensure their records are correct. It’s my opinion, that if SSN is truly protecting the numbers of children, they couldn’t be used at all. Since parents, and others the child knows often commit the ID theft, I don’t think their system is working very well.
SALUTE TO OUR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Our family has veterans who fought in many of the wars and who served overseas. My Dad was overseas when I was born. Thank you for the sacrifices and the service to our country. May God bless and keep you.