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Fri Jul 20, 2012, 11:16 PM

Company asking for last four digits of SSN

What is your take on a company asking for the last four digits of your Social Security number on the application? From a Google search, it seems that it is legal in most states, but still not recommended to give it out.

Should I enter a fake number? This is an online application, and I can't just skip it.

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NYC_SKP Jul 2012 #1
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Response to Pool Hall Ace (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2012, 11:20 PM

1. Often there's an alternative, city of birth, mother's maiden name, etc.

I wouldn't give it up easily.

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Response to Pool Hall Ace (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:37 AM

2. BofA does that

I wouldn't do it unless it's a very well-known company or recruiter. The reason I was told BofA does it, is to identify applicants regardless of of name changes, name variations, and especially to identify former employees who aren't eligible for rehire.

In my view, this isn't worth the hassle.

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