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If Asked for a SS # on an Application Form -- Should You Make it Up?

Companies have no business asking for social security numbers prematurely. They will need it if they are running background checks on you. And they will need it once you're hired. But it should be a red flag if they ask for it on an application form.

The Wall Street Journal went off on this on October 9 in an article titled, Data Privacy Is Key Concern In Online Job Applications, by Perri Capell. The take-away from that article?

If asked for a Social Security Number on an application form leave it blank or make one up.

Some more insight from Gerry Crispin here.

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Comment by Steve on October 19, 2007 at 12:41pm
I never give my SS# on the app being I can fill out up to 20 apps a season and still fill out more apps after I get the job. Great way to steal your identity. Some apps will even ask your birthdate so then they have your name, address, SS#, birthdate might as well fill out the credit app for them. But the employer will still have the most of that info after filling out the w2 and hve a copy of your SS card and ID. I haven't heard of any ID theft this way but it does seem possible. Can't wait for that little chip the goverment wants to implant so they can watch your every movement LOL.

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