Keep Your Social Security Number Private

Those of us who have Medicare cards know our social security numbers are on them. I had always wondered about that, since it is not a good idea to carry your social security card with you. Clark Howard (The Money Guy) suggested we make a copy of the Medicare card blacking out all of the number, except the last four digits. When we take this copy to the doctor's office, we can give them the other numbers. Then we simply carry the copy with us and leave the original card with the full SSN in a safe place at home.

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Source: Clark Howard TV Show

By HJ from DE

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April 30, 20120 found this helpful

I'm disabled, so I also have a Medicare number. I've recently changed banks, and have noticed that on my checking account statements, my bank prints my entire social security number (Medicare number) when they list my monthly automatic deposit. I've complained, but they see no problem with their practice.

Everyone needs to check their statements to make sure their bank protects their numbers, and complain implicitly about the practice if their bank also does this. How can customers give their money over to a business that cares so little about their customer's safety? I could not get this bank to even acknowledge that it might be a problem; needless to say, I have dropped them and moved on.

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