Online Shopping Tips: E-Commerce and You (Lesson – 7 Never Give Out Your Social Security Number)

Providing your Social Security number is not a requirement for placing an order at an e-commerce Web site. There is no need for the merchant to ask for it. Giving out your Social Security number could lead to having your identity stolen. (See PRC Fact Sheet 17a, “Identity Theft: What to Do if It Happens to You,” www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs17a.htm.)

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