Remember when you got to see what’s in my wallet? One thing you did not see is my Social Security Card. That’s because putting your SS card in your wallet is just asking for trouble. If someone steals your wallet they now have your name, address, DOB, and SS card. Huge risk of identity theft there.
So you don’t carry it, right?
Well, if you’re a patron at my library apparently you do. In my unofficial poll (i.e. I notice it because it’s just so blatant), about 10% of the people who give me their library cards have their SS card easily visible.
Wow. I don’t even know what to say to them. I don’t want to be officious. I don’t want to be nosy. But I also don’t want them to become victims of identity theft.
So far I haven’t figured out a delicate way of broaching the subject. My readers, I bid you remove the card from your wallet if you happen to have it in there. And I ask you—what would you think if your librarian gave you a tip on identity protection? Too much? helpful? depends on the situation?