Posted on Oct 16, 2013

There are situations where giving out your Social Security number seems logical, such as when you apply for Social Security disability in Fremont. Other times it may not be entirely clear why a third party business is asking for this extremely important piece of identification. In such cases, you might question why they want it – and you are absolutely correct in doing so.

Usually, businesses such as cell phone carriers want your SSN so they can verify you are the person you claim to be and perform a credit check before clearing you for service.

However, you shouldn’t make any assumptions as it could compromise your privacy. If a business wants your SSN, you can (and should) ask the following:

  • Why do you need my SSN?
  • How will my SSN be used?
  • What law requires you to request my SSN?
  • What will happen if I don’t give you my SSN?

Social Security says that you are not ever required to give a third party business or other enterprise your SSN – just be aware that there could be consequences. Sometimes, you’ll have to pay a larger sum up front; sometimes you may be prohibited from purchasing the goods or services for which the number was requested.

If you’re preparing to apply for Social Security disability, or if you’ve already had a claim denied, talk to one of the experienced Fremont disability attorneys at Cuddigan Law today. Call our offices at 402-933-5405 or email [email protected] to learn more. Also order a copy of our free report, Give Yourself the Best Chance of Winning Your Social Security Disability Case.

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