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Crooks Can Guess Digits in Your Social Security Number, Study Finds

submitted on January 10, 2011 by jack69darin in "Member's Lounge"
Sure, you keep your Social Security number confidential. However, according to researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, it's possible for crooks to guess most of the digits in the Social Security number of many Americans using publicly-available information.

Researchers Alessandro Acquisti and Ralph Grossy took advantage of a couple of practices of the Social Security Administration. Since its inception, there has been a pattern to the issuance of numbers. The first three indicate the state in which you lived when you received your number. The two in the middle, called group numbers, are assigned in a known sequence. The final four are also assigned sequentially, 0001 to 9999.


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    CouponNut
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    Posted by CouponNut on January 10, 2011
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    Also you can find social security numbers of people who are deceased on Ancestry.com death index because I saw my deceased relatives social number numbers. Check it out and see for yourself. Take the 14-day trial offer http://www.ancestry.com/
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    mommy25
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    Posted by mommy25 on January 10, 2011
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    That's crazy.
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    • CouponNut
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      Posted by CouponNut on January 11, 2011
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      Crazy & true.
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    Posted by pablos17 on January 10, 2011
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    That's way too scary.

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