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It really depends on the organization. There is no set list of companys to provide or not to provide your social security number to. You need to look at it as, "does this make sense?" "why does this company need my social?" If you can think of reasons why, then go with it. If you can't, hesitate and ask questions.
If you are applying for credit then you must give your social for them to run your credit report/scores. Otherwise no loan. Doctors offices are asking for that info as well for health insurnace forms. I pay cash for my health care and refuse to give my social to any doctors office.
There are not many good reasons why companies should ask for your social. Your identity can even be stolen if you give your phone number to some stores that 'request it' for their data bases. Whenever someone asks me for personal information during a transaction I always ask them if they need to have the information to complete the transaction. If they say yes I leave everything and go.
Nice response DomainDiva. Thank you for your information.
I can't think of any instance where you shouldn't at least hesitate to provide your SSN. I always suggest that new business owners obtain an Employer Identification Number for their business on the day it is born, so that (once you have a business bank account) there is almost never any business-related need or reason to give out your SSN.
I was reading an interesting article on this.
Perhaps you would enjoy reading this to since it relates to the topic.
It talks about when it is ok to give out your SSN.
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With all the identity theft/fraud going on today, how does one know when it's safe to give out one's social security? It seems to me that more companies are asking for them. As a rule of thumb which organizations, besides a bank or credit card company, should one not hesitate in giving out their social security number?