From:Amos Brooks

    Always assess the importance of the number you are giving. If you really don't need the service that much and it isn't involved in finances just for tracking purposes (This sounds terrible but) just make one up. Change the last number or use your great grandfather's number, so no one can trace it to you for malicious purposes. Just remember the number you used for the next time you need it.
    For financial transactions I STRONGLY advise against this, as the number you make up could turn out to be someone else's. Also If they do check the # you could be in trouble for what you are trying to protect. But to pick up a "special savings" card without check writing privileges at your local grocer (or the NSH for that matter). Give them the number of someone that has been dead for 50 years.
Amos Brooks
111-25-8691 (yeah, right)
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, August 07, 2002 1:17 PM
Subject: SSN

Dear All:  Just would to point out that your SSN is required for the following in your every day life:  phone bills, electric bills, gas bills, any kind of credit card to include department stores, Visa, etc, just about any account you may have at a bank, savings loan, credit union, any transactions online involving money, things like internet providers as AOL, etc.  Why would one less thing like NSH make any possible difference? Has President Bush ever considered that almost everything in your life depends on the SSN? Just my thoughts on the subject. 
Tom Kuwahara

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