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Friday, March 18, 2011

BBB Reveals 5 Most Dangerous Places to Store Social Security Numbers

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has identified the five most dangerous places to store your Social Security Numbers.

The BBB wants you to know that while reports of identity theft decreased in 2010, "friendly fraud" is on the rise; the number of victims targeted by relatives, friends or roommates increased seven percent.

According to the 2011 Identity Fraud Survey Report by Javelin Strategy & Research, the demographic most affected by this type of fraud were ages 25 to 34; of these, 41 percent claim their Social Security numbers were compromised.

Five most dangerous places to store Social Security numbers according to the BBB:
  1. Wallets or purses
  2. Vehicles
  3. Computers, cell phones, and PDAs
  4. Offices or cubicles
  5. Unsecured dorm rooms and shared living spaces
Helpful tips to protect your Social Security number
  • Exert caution when giving out your Social Security number. Who are you giving it to? What’s it going to be used for?
  • Never store Social Security cards in unsecured locations
  • Monitor your credit reports and financial statements regularly. Request your free annual credit report at
  • Before throwing away documents - shred the ones that contain personal information