Social Security Number – Not an Identity Card

Social Security Number - Not an Identity Card

Social Security Number, or any of its counterparts all over the world, is utilized universally, especially in the United States. It is used almost everyday. In fact, it has become practically impossible to go on one’s day to day transactions without being inquired for this number. These transactions include bank payments, subscription applications, job applications and many others.

But you should be aware that this pervasive exercise of this number, most often than not, has no official foundation and these days, it is unbelievable, but it has become a national identification card. This should not be the case. Your number is not intended to be your proof of identity. You can use other forms like drivers’ license, company ID, or any other sorts but never your ssn.

For this reason, the ever popular identity theft problem has dramatically grown in just a span of 2 years because it has given these unscrupulous individuals a wide range of opportunities to strike. And believe me, they have become more creative and imaginative these days that some even think that they can get away with it.

Because of the growing concern of the government about identity theft, there was even a stipulation that was created just to eradicate the issue. The stipulation served as a disclaimer to those individuals who were issued their ssn and it basically stressed that these numbers must never be used for identification purposes. The government has become desperate with this issue, that even until now, it has not been resolved at all. Many efforts were done just to crack the problem, including strengthening the punishment of those proven guilty of such, but it seems that these individuals have somewhat outsmarted the government.