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Identity Theft – Is The Government Helping Or Hurting?

As I’ve written here before, your Social Security number is the most important key to identity theft. With that number, a thief can get all the other information necessary to start using your identity. You must protect that information, and not give it to anyone who doesn’t absolutely have to have it. Don’t print the number on your checks, and don’t carry it in your wallet.

But the federal government is giving conflicting advice on this issue. The Federal Trade Commission warns in a pamphlet that you should never carry your Social Security number with you. On the other hand, Medicare includes the full Social Security numbers of nearly 44 million beneficiaries on their identity cards. And of course these beneficiaries have to show that card every time they go to a doctor’s office or hospital.

Also, Social Security numbers appear on 8 million identity cards issued by the Pentagon to active-duty personnel, Reserves and their dependents, and military retirees.

My advice is to not carry these cards with you unless you know you’re going to have to use them. Stay safe.

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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The title of this blog reflects my attitude toward those government agencies and insurance companies that routinely mistreat injured or disabled people. As a Dallas, Texas lawyer, I've spent more than 45 years trying to help those poor folk, and I have been frustrated daily by the actions of the people on the other side of their claims. (Sorry if I offended you...)

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