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Bill would truncate Social Security numbers

Jay MacDonald

By virtue of their permanence, our Social Security numbers have grown into the all-purpose numeric can opener with which we file our income tax, acquire mortgages and open bank accounts and credit cards.

And as Hamlet would put it, there’s the rub, because con artists also have come to covet our Social as their quickest means to slip into our identity, steal our IRS refund and/or open and abuse a credit card in our name.

Why not make it harder on them, the way we do with credit card numbers, by requiring the numbers be truncated?

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