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Ftc is getting reports about people pretending to be from the Social Security Administration who are trying to get your Social Security number and even your money. In one version of SCAM, callers say their Social Security number has been linked to crime involving drugs or sending money out of the country illegally. He then says your social is blocked - but he might ask you for a fee to reactivate it, or to get a new number. And he will ask you to confirm your Social Security number. In other variations, he says that somebody uses your Social Security number to apply for credit cards, and you could lose your benefits. Or he might warn you that your bank account is about to be seize, that you need to withdraw your money, and that hell tell you how to keep it safe. But all of these are scams. Here is what you need to know: SSA will never call and ask for your Social Security number. It wo ask you to pay anything. And it wo call to threaten your benefits. Your caller ID might show SSAs real phone number, but that is not real SSA calling. Computers make it easy to show ANY number on caller ID. You ca trust what you see there. Never give your Social Security number to anyone who contacts you. Dont confirm the last 4 digits. And do give your bank account or credit card number - ever - to anybody who contacts you asking for it. Remember that anyone who Tell you to wire money, pay with a gift card, or send cash is a scammer. Always. No matter who they say they are. If youre worried about a call from someone who claims to be from the Social Security Administration, get off the phone. Then call real SSA at 1 - 800 - 772 - 1213. If youve spot SCAM, then tell FTC at FTC. Gov / complaint. Please let everyone you know not to give information to anyone over phone, no matter who it is or what is shows on the caller ID. If it's number of business or company you know and they are trying to verify information with you, just hang up and call the actual number yourself just to be safe. If you don't recognize the number, just let it go to voice mail or answering machine. And for ANY elderly family members who don't have either caller ID or answering service, hook them up with something and let them know what's going on and how to stay safe. Be careful and just don't give personal information over the phone. Please be aware that some entity is calling using 1800 - 396 - 1765 & record message saying that due to suspicious activity all benefits and data regarding your SSI number has been freeze. You are then asked to press 1 to speak to a representative from SSI Administration.

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The SSN Numbering Scheme

The first set of three digits is called Area Number, second set of two digits is called Group Number, final set of four digits is Serial Number. The Area number is assigned by geographical region. Prior to 1972, cards were issued in local Social Security offices around the country and the area number represents the state in which the card was issue. This does not necessarily have to state where the applicant live, since person could apply for their card in any Social Security office. Since 1972, when SSA began assigning SSNs and issuing cards centrally from Baltimore, area number assigned has been based on the ZIP code in the mailing address provided on application for the original Social Security card. Applicant's mailing address does not have to be the same as their place of residence. Thus, Area Number does not necessarily represent the state of residence of applicant, either prior to 1972 or since. Generally, numbers were assigned beginning in the northeast and moving westward. So people on the east coast have the lowest numbers and those on the west coast have the highest numbers. Group Number Within each Area, Group Number range from 01 to 99 but are not assigned in consecutive order. For administrative reasons, group numbers issued first consist of ODD numbers from 01 through 09 and then EVEN numbers from 10 through 98, Within each area number allocated to the state. After all numbers in Group 98 of a particular area have been issue, EVEN Groups 02 through 08 are used followed by ODD Groups 11 through 99. See latest Social Security Number Monthly Issuance Table for the latest SSN Area range issue to date. Allege Social Security Numbers containing area numbers other than those found on that table are impossible. Within each group, serial numbers run consecutively from 0001 through 9999.

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Results

Show only the last 4 digits of ssn with Formula Show only the last 4 digits of ssn with VBA Code Delete all digits of SSN except last 4 digits with Kutools for Excel following Formula can help you show only the last 4 digits of ssn in Excel. Please do as follow. 1. Select the blank cell, Enter Formula = RIGHT into Formula Bar, and then press the Enter key. See screenshot: note: in Formula, A2 is cell contain social security number. 2. Keep selecting first result cell, drag Fill Handle down to get all the results as below screenshot Show. Following VBA Code can help you show only the last 4 digits automatically when entering social security number. Please do as follow. 1. In worksheet you want to only show the last 4 digits of social security number, RIGHT - click the sheet tab and click View Code From RIGHT - clicking menu. See screenshot: VBA Code: Show only the last 4 digits of social security number in Excel note: in Code,: is the column you will enter your social security number into. Please change it as you need. From now on, when entering social security numbers into cells in column, all digits will be hidden automatically except for the last 4 numbers. You can remove all numbers from social security numbers except for the last 4 digits with Remove by Position utility of Kutools for Excel. Please do as follow. Before applying Kutools for Excel, please download and install it first 1. Select all cells containing social security numbers, then click Kutools > Text > Remove by Position. 2. In Remove by Position dialog box, select the From leave option in the Position section, specify how numbers you will remove From leave in the Numbers box, and then click the OK button. See screenshot: then all numbers are Remove from select cells except for the last 4 digits. If you want to have a free trial of this utility, please click to download it, and then go to apply operation according to the above steps.

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Discussion

Social Security numbers were created in 1936 for the sole purpose of tracking earnings histories of US workers, for use in determining Social Security Benefit entitlement and computing Benefit levels. Since then, use of SSN has expanded substantially. Today, SSN may be the most commonly used numbering system in the United States. As of December 2008, Social Security Administration had issued over 450 million original SSN s, and nearly every legal resident of the United States had one. Ssn's very universality has led to its adoption throughout government and private sector as the chief means of identifying and gathering information about individual. How does SSN come to be, and why has it become the unofficial National identifier? This article explores the history and meaning of SSN and Social Security card, along with SSA's SSN master data file, generally know as Numident. The article also traces how use of SSN has expanded since its introduction and steps SSA has taken to enhance the integrity of the SSN process.


Crafting the SSN

Space to handle SS - 5 Application forms was found on three floors of the Candler Building, large warehouse converted from Coca - Cola bottling factory on harbor in Downtown Baltimore. Here Bureau introduced great battery of International Business Machines equipment 9 and deployed over 2 300 machine workers and checkers by December 9 1936, to handle applications as quickly as they came in. At this time, hiring apportionment was in effect, which meant the Bureau could only recruit a certain proportion of employees from each State. As a result, employees come from all parts of the country. It was thought that the central operation in Candler Building was temporary, and that work would soon be dispersed to 12 regions, so recruitment from distant States was logical. However, actual operations would reveal that decentralization was not really feasible. The Baltimore Records Office uses a nine - step process to create a permanent Master record and to establish earnings record for each individual. 10 One hundred applications and Office record cards, Number consecutively, were sent through each operation together with a control unit of nine cards. The appropriate control card was removed at the end of step and sent to the control file to track the status of each block. When the Records Office receives Form SS - 5 and accompanying OA - 702 from local offices, different clerks working independently convert two sets of information into Numerical codes that could be transferred to punch cards. The first group of employees key information from SS - 5 into Master punch Card for each individual. The tabulating machine uses this Master punch Card to set up a Numerical Register of accounts stored in huge loose - leaf books. These volumes contain SSN, name, and date of birth of each number holder. Each page contains 100 SSN s in Numerical Order. From these volumes, employees could learn the name and identifying information of SSN's owner in a fraction of the time that would be required to locate Master punch Card. Master punch Card was also used in Earnings - posting operation to establish an earnings ledger for each individual. A second group of employees independently key same information cod from OA - 702 to create an actuarial punch Card. The Actuarial punch Card was created for actuarial and statistical purposes and was also used to set up visible Index. Later known as National Employee Index Flexoline File or just Flexoline, visual Index consists of strips of thin bamboo, 3 / 16 inch wide by 9 inches long for each SSN issuedset on steel panel. Strips were inserted into the frame one by one, with some employees filing as many as 300 strips an hour. Each strip begins with a 3 - digit entry based on Russell Soundex System, followed by the individual's surname, given name, middle initial, and SSN.


Designing the Social Security Card

In addition to developing verification systems to allow authorized users to determine if SSN information matches SSA data, SSA has also taken steps to help guard against fraudulent Social Security cards. Because SSN is needed for work and has been adopted for many other USES, market for counterfeit Social Security cards has develop. Ssa has taken and continues to take steps to strengthen the integrity of the Social Security Card and guard against its misuse. One of the first steps was to distinguish whether cards were valid for work purposes. In 1974, SSA began assigning SSN s for nonwork - purposes when such use of SSN was authorized by law. Initially, work cards look same as cards issued to citizens and aliens authorized to work. In May 1982, SSA began annotating cards issued for work purposes with legend not valid for employment. The 1981 Omnibus Reconciliation Act added alteration and forgery of Social Security Cards to the list of prohibited acts and also increased penalties for such acts. In 1983, section 205 of the Social Security Act was amended to require that Social Security Cards shall be made of bank - note paper and shall be cards which cannot be counterfeit. Ssa works with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Secret Service, and Federal Bureau of Investigation to design cards that meet these requirements. Changes were made to card stock to make any attempt to erase or remove data easily detectable, and Form of Printing with raise effect that is difficult to replicate was used. Other features not obvious to the naked eye were also add. In 1988, to prevent photocopy counterfeits, security feature that display as void when photocopy was add. Also in 1988, legislation increased monetary penalties for SSN violations. In September 1992, SSA began to annotate Social Security cards for aliens with temporary work authorization valid for work only with INS authorization. Immigration and welfare reform legislation enacted in August 1996 directed SSA to develop a prototype of counterfeit - resistant Social Security Card and report to Congress on the feasibility of using such cards. Prototype was to be made of durable, tamper - resistant material such as plastic or polyester; was to employ technologies that provide security features, such as magnetic stripes, holograms, and integrated circuits; and was to provide individuals with reliable proof of citizenship or legal resident alien status. Ssa interprets this provision as calling for consideration of techniques that could link the card to the assigned number holder, such as including identifying information about the card holder on the card itself, or adding the number holder's picture, fingerprint, biometric identifier, or some combination of such features on or on the card. In September 1997, SSA published its findings in a Report to Congress on Options for Enhancing Social Security Card.S

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Conclusions

Predictability of SSNs is an unexpected consequence of interaction between multiple data sources, trends in information exposure, and antifraud policy initiatives with unintended effects. It exposes privacy tradeoffs of information - disclosure policies, reflecting the paradox of information deemed useful to be publicly available under old transactions technology but now too available in the world of wired consumers. Ssns were designed as identifiers at a time when personal computers and identity theft were unthinkable; today, abuse as authentication devices, enables architecture of vulnerability, in which losses are incurred even in the absence of fraud, because of costs caused by attempts to defend, and exploit, system. A number of mitigating strategies can be consider. In the short term, one of the least costly countermeasures would have SSA fully randomized assignment scheme, abandoning matching of area numbers to states, and sequential assignment of serial numbers. These modifications would eliminate statistical predictability of newly assigned SSNs. However, they would not do much to protect already existing SSNs. To address those concerns, various recent legislative initiatives have been focusing on removing SSNs from public exposure or redacting their first 5 digits. However, our results suggest that such initiatives, although well - meaning, may be misguide: assigned SSNs cannot be revoked to avoid future fraud, exposed data cannot be taken back, and the first 5 digits of SSNs are those, in fact, easier to infer. This leaves even redacted or truncated SSNs still predictableand, therefore, still vulnerable. Industry and policy makers may need, instead, to finally reassess our perilous reliance on SSNs for authentication, and on consumers ' impossible duty to protect them.


Crafting the SSN

At its inception, SSN's only purpose was to uniquely identify US workers, enabling employers to submit accurate reports of covered earnings for use in administering Benefits under the new Social Security program. That is still the primary purpose for SSN. However, creating an SSN scheme and assigning SSN s to US workers was no easy task. The Passage of the Social Security Act in August 1935 set in motion a huge effort to build infrastructure needed to support programs affecting tens of millions of individuals. Many say task was impossible. Employers were to begin to deduct payroll taxes from worker's wages in January 1937, giving the agency little time to establish the SSN Process. 1 Besides clarifying program policy, agency need to hire and train employees, set up facilities, develop public education programs, and create an Earnings - tracking System. Establishing Social Security infrastructure was impeded for 3 months by lack of funds due to filibuster of the 1936 Deficiency Bill by Senator Huey Long. The Roosevelt Administration circumvented this obstacle by engineering Works Progress Administration allotment of $112 610 from the Department of Labor and by borrowing staff from demobilizing National Recovery Administration, Federal Emergency Relief Administration, and National Youth Administration. On February 9 1936, Congress finally passed the Deficiency Bill containing fiscal year 1936 appropriation for the Social Security Board, and Roosevelt signed it on February 11. As late as March 15 1936, there were still only five employees of the Social Security Board's Bureau of Old - Age Benefitsincluding, the director and his assistant. Additionally, US Supreme Court declared the Agricultural Adjustment Act invalid in January 1936, raising the possibility that the Social Security Act might also be declared unconstitutional. It would not be until May 1937 that a series of Supreme Court decisions cemented the constitutionality of the Social Security Act. One of the first steps in administering the Social Security Act was to devise means to track earnings of each individual, as Social Security benefit computations consider worker's earnings from 1937 on. Why didn't Social Security Board just use individual's name and address as identifier? The deficiency of such a scheme was already well know. 1937 publication recounts, recent news account states that Fred Smiths of New York City have had so much trouble with being identified by their creditors, courts, and even their friends, that they have joined together in forming Fred Smiths, incorporate, to serve as clearing house for their Identification problems. Some government agencies, such as the US War and Navy Departments, Veterans Administration, and the Post Office Department use fingerprints for identification. However, use of fingerprints was associated in the public mind with criminal activity, making this approach undesirable. The numbering scheme was seen as a practical alternative. Thus, employer Identification Number and SSN were create.


Designing the Social Security Card

There was also considerable discussion in 1936 about types of information to collect as part of registration. Generally, SSA collects information needed to uniquely identify and accurately report individual's earnings cover under the new Social Security program. Race was considered a necessary piece of information for actuarial purposes because of differences in life expectancy among different races. However, Board decided to use the term Color rather than race on the original Form SS - 5 application for SSN. The original 1936 version of SS - 5 requested the following information: Employee Name Employee address Name of current Employer Employer address Age of Employee Date of birth Place of birth Sex Color US Employment Service registration card number, if applicable Date and Place of previously completed SS - 5, if applicable Completion Date for current SS - 5 Signature

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8. Not understanding the implications

The caller says that hes from the government and your Social Security number has been suspend. He sounds very professional. So you should do exactly what he says to fix thingsright?, The FTC has get reports about scammers trying to trick people out of their personal information by telling them that they need to reactivate their supposedly suspended SSNs. Scammers say SSN was suspended because of some connection to fraud or other criminal activity. They say to call number to clear it up - where theyll ask you for personal information. The thing is, Social Security numbers do not get suspend. This is just a variation of government imposter scam thats after your SSN, bank account number, or other personal information. In this variation of the scheme, caller pretends to be protecting you from scam while hes trying to lure you into one. Never give out or confirm personal information over the phone, via email or on website until youve checked out whoever is asking you for it. Do not trust name, phone number, or email address just because it seems to be connect with the government. Con artists use official - sounding names and may fake caller ID or email address information to make you trust them. Besides, government normally contacts people by postal mail. Contact government agencies directly, using telephone numbers and website addresses you know to be legitimate. If someone has tried to steal your personal information by pretending to be from the government, report it to the FTC. I have been receiving phone calls all day, hours apart, telling me that my SSN has been suspended and to Press one to speak to an investigator. Calls have been from 354 - 7777, 354 - 4908 354 - 5765, and 354 - 0240, so unfortunately, despite blocking them each time, they still manage to get through since the numbers are just different enough. Also got a scam call last week from an automated system claiming to be IRS, but the thing is, IRS sends mail if there's issue - they don't call. Call 610. 844. 0451 and when I call to tell them to take me off of the call list, the person on the other end curses me out with every word you can imagine. When I say you are not from SS, he says fine I will suspend your SSN. They are simply terrible, trying to prey on people who don't know to check the facts. They act like they are doing you a favor. Block this number from your phone. I get phone call from 800 - 568 - 7768.


Crafting the SSN

Just as it was in 1936, today person must complete an application to obtain original or replacement SSN or to change information in SSA's Numident Records. There are a number of ways to initiate the application process. Paper form person completes to apply for original SSN or replacement card or to make changes to SSA's Numident record is still SS - 5. The SS - 5 Application is available on OnLine 14 or in any SSA field office. Applications and required evidence can be taken or mailed to any Social Security Office for Processing. An in - person interview is required if the applicant is age 12 or older and is applying for original SSN. The Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Manila also accepts SS - 5 applications for original SSN or replacement Card, as do all US Foreign Service posts and all military posts outside the United States. Ssa employees key SS - 5 Application Data and evidence into SSA computer System, which uses information to create or update Numident. Sign SS - 5 Application is retained for a short period in the field office, and then is sent to the Records Center in Pennsylvania for microfilming. Once microfilm, original SS - 5 is destroy. 15 in August 1987, SSA began three - State Pilot of Enumeration at Birth Process in which parents of newborns can request SSN as part of the State's Birth Registration Process. Additional States began to participate in EAB in July 1988. By the end of 1991, 45 States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and New York City had signed agreements. Today, over 90 percent of parents use EAB Process offer in all 50 States plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Ssa receives nearly three - quarters of original SSN applications through EAB Process and issues over 4 million SSN s via EAB each year. No microfilm SS - 5 exists for records created through the EAB Process. Beginning in 2002, SSA began another Pilot program referred to as Enumeration at Entry that allows noncitizens admitted for permanent residence to obtain SSN s and Social Security cards based on data collected as part of the Immigration Process. This pilot was expanded worldwide in early 2003. Eae is a joint effort involving the Department of State, DHS, and SSA. Under EaE, person aged 18 or older can apply for both an immigrant visa and SSN at DoS Office in his or her home country. If a visa is grant, then DoS transmits identifying data from person's visa / SSN Application to DHS. If and when a person is physically admitted to the United States, DHS updates certain data, if necessary, and sends it to SSA for SSN to be assigned and Card to be issue. All noncitizens enumerated through EaE receive SSN in special area number series 729 through 733.


Designing the Social Security Card

Even at inception of the program, Social Security Board understood that individuals would need to have a token that would provide record of the number that had been assigned to them. This token would help employers accurately report individual's earnings under the program. The board first considered a small card similar to a credit union or trade union card, but some objected that it was too flimsy. Alternatively, x 2 inch metal card was proposed by manufacturer of such cards. It was estimated that it would have take 250 tons of metal for initial registration. Arguments in favor of metal card were its permanence, accuracy, and economy. Still, in early June 1936, Board decided to use small paper card. In October 1936, Social Security Board selected the design submitted by Frederick E. Happel, artist and photo engraver from Albany, NY, for the original Social Security card, for which Happel was paid $60. 5 Board placed an initial order for 26 million cards. In late 1937, second version was adopt, and a version just for replacement cards was adopted in 1938. Since 1976, design of original and replacement Social Security cards has been the same. In all, over 50 designs have been in used from 1936 to 2008. All versions remain valid since it would be cost - prohibitive to replace all cards previously issue. Over time, as use of SSN expanded for other purposes, SSA recognized that changes were necessary to protect the integrity of card. Ssa has taken measures to prevent counterfeiting of card, and counterfeit - resistant version is now used for both original and replacement cards. Steps taken by SSA to improve card are detailed later.

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5. Being too informative online

Use of extraneous challenge Questions might seem like poor security, but it has always been my impression that these questions are potential gold - mine of personal data freely given by consumers. Your use of long, gibberish answers is somewhat like what you 've been doing. I treat each one just like any password, recording IT for later re - use at each website that requires such. But I haven't yet tried using straight copy / paste from GRCs password generator. I bet the challenge site code wo care what I enter. I always lie about security questions. I contacted Citibank yesterday because I found a minor software problem and I was asked a security question. A Citibank employee was surprised when my reply was I needed to boot up computer to see what lie I was using He had never heard of anyone doing this. Then IT was my turn to be surprised when the substitute for not answering security questions was to read back number sent via SMS to my cellphone. I could have been a sim - jacker. You certainly can use random alphanumeric strings - often including special characters; there is usually no input validation on those things. But as Gary mentions, you may ask them over the phone, so IT may be better to use a string of random words for ease of use. Back in my student days, I used to pick up whatever book was on my desk and use random phrases from random page. There is nothing like telling a confused CS rep that your first holiday was in socially produced construct of childhood, or something. Security questions are always hoot. I never answer truthfully, of course, and I used to have Mothers maiden name set to Garlic Boulder at one bank. The clerk who had to ask me Q / was perplex. After some back - and - forth, we resolved IT, and the transaction was complete. At end of call, clerk said Excuse me for asking, But is your mother Native American, or where is that name from? I guess the reason answers to your credit questions were always none of above was that IT could get to your credit reports since they were lock. It made up N - 1 wrong answers and had to use none of the above for all the right ones. Which is TERRIBLE. If a bad guy knows you are locking your credit reports, he can easily impersonate you because he knows all answers will be none of the above. The best website I 've seen on the Internet for the most secure login is global bank HSBC, where they send you security tokens that provide 6 digits codes for two - factor authentication. The United States government could be doing this type of token base Security setup with IRS, VA and Social Security websites. I would highly recommend people check out HSBC Security practices.

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