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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Amazon Wireless,Invitation to Identity Theft, What Are You Thinking?

I looked at Amazon Wireless recently. I considered upgrading my phone through them. The phone was $299.00 with a hundred dollar rebate through Verizon but it was $119.00 through Amazon. I went as far as adding it to my cart, verifying my address and then they asked for my Social Security number.

The Social Security number was never intended to be used as a national identity card but it often is used as such. In today’s world though, it is paramount to asking to have your identity stolen by blithely handing out your social security number.

What, pray tell, are the people at Amazon Wireless thinking when they ask for your social security number?

I did not upgrade my phone there specifically because they asked for my social security#. I do not give that out to anyone and neither should you.


Jessica Marlo said...

It's not for your identity. It's for billing on the phone later on. They are checking your credit!

ibpurpledragon said...

Thank you for reading my blog. Your comment makes sense, I still have major reservations about anyone asking for my ss#. That's why I got my DroidX at the local Verizon franchise, not one question regarding my ss#.

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