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Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?

 
Amazed
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Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
Long story short, some guy kicked my car at a stoplight this morning. trying to be level headed and not esculate the violence I stayed in my car and called the police. I the officer met me at a nearby location where I parked my car and took down my report. However one of the things he asked me was for my social security number.. Atthe time I was shaken and my nerves were rattled.. but now that I am calmer and looking back I fail to see any reason for an officer to ask me such a question.
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07/14/2006 03:58 PM
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
90 percent of the time your SS number is also your license number.
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
For the time being, that's your National ID number until you get chipped.
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
now you're on the list
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07/14/2006 03:59 PM
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
Respectfully decline to answer. Police reports are too public as far as privacy information goes.
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07/14/2006 04:00 PM
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
I live in NJ and my licence number is not my SS number. I feel liek an idiot now for giving him that information..

Do you think I should call the police station and ask them why the ywould need that info? I am a little irked right now.
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
NEVER GIVE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER TO A BEAT COP.

JUST RESPECTFULLY DECLINE TO ANSWER. OR CLAIM YOU CANNOT RECALL IT.
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07/14/2006 04:02 PM
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
yeah I know not to give my number, but like I said I was really tramautized my the incident and I was not thinking with a clear head. I always refuse to answer that question when I am at the doctors office, dentist or anywhere else..

I would jsut like to know WHY THEY WOULD NEED THAT INFO? was a town cop.
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07/14/2006 04:03 PM
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
My husband is a cop, and he says that if you have a common name with someone who is wanted, a social security number will be asked to make sure you are not the person who is wanted
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07/14/2006 04:04 PM
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
I live in NJ and my license number is not my SS number. I feel like an idiot now for giving him that information..

Do you think I should call the police station and ask them why they would need that info? I am a little irked right now.
 Quoting: Amazed 83654


Get ID theft insurance.

I'm sure they do not protect the SS number on the police report all that well.

So now all and ID theft perp needs is that report to take out loans in your name.

Because a police report generally contains:

1) Your legal name

2) Your Drivers License Number

3) Your Address

4) Possibly Your signature

5) NEVER PUT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER DOWN in and unsecured form like a police report with all these other items easily available.

6) YOUR PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

7) ETC ETC

Watch your credit reports closely.
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
I WAS REPORTING A CRIME. I WAS THE VICTIM. I don't know about that last answer even theough I thank you for your response. I guess we are all criminals in their eyes? Or is there soemthing else going on? And of course they did not even catch the guy he attacked my car.. jsut sat there getting my information.
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07/14/2006 04:06 PM
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
My husband is a cop, and he says that if you have a common name with someone who is wanted, a social security number will be asked to make sure you are not the person who is wanted
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Then you barter. If they can prove they have a wanted warrant for your name easily you will give them your social so you will both not be delayed.
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
[link to www.usdoj.gov]
Ave Gæ , morituri te salutamus!
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
I WAS REPORTING A CRIME. I WAS THE VICTIM. I don't know about that last answer even theough I thank you for your response. I guess we are all criminals in their eyes? Or is there soemthing else going on? And of course they did not even catch the guy he attacked my car.. jsut sat there getting my information.
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Welcome to the Red / Blue lists.
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
Long story short, some guy kicked my car at a stoplight this morning. trying to be level headed and not esculate the violence I stayed in my car and called the police. I the officer met me at a nearby location where I parked my car and took down my report. However one of the things he asked me was for my social security number.. Atthe time I was shaken and my nerves were rattled.. but now that I am calmer and looking back I fail to see any reason for an officer to ask me such a question.
 Quoting: Amazed 83654

You were filling out a police complaint. The cop is required by law to get your SS# for the police report.
They can get it off you DL info but a lot of cops ask for it so they don't have to run your license.
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07/14/2006 04:09 PM
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
do you have a common name? police officers have to take down the info for anyone they take a complaint from and relay that info to their dispatcher for safety. The dispatchers job is then to check that persons name for outstanding warrants for safety precautions. If you have a name that is close to someone who is wanted, your ss number can be the one item that can insure you dont get thrown in jail for the other persons warrant.
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
Your papers, please.
Amazed (OP)
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07/14/2006 04:11 PM
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
I don't think my SS number has anything to with crime.. other then the taxes I am forced to pay.
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07/14/2006 04:11 PM
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
do you not understand my last post?
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07/14/2006 04:12 PM
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
My first and last name are not common at all. It now appears that they were more concerend about gathering personal information then they were about actually solving a crime.
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07/14/2006 04:13 PM
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
well if you cant trust the police, then don't call them when you need help. they certaintly have more important things to do with their time than fighting with you over your ss #
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07/14/2006 04:15 PM
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07/14/2006 04:17 PM
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
well if you cant trust the police, then don't call them when you need help. they certaintly have more important things to do with their time than fighting with you over your ss #
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jerkit
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
As far as "them" getting your personal information, forget it. That battle has been lost. If the cop wanted your info for nefarious purposes, he could get everything he wanted simply by getting your license plate number.

So he wanted your SSN? Weird, but I wouldn't worry about it. If he wants to do you harm he could do it anyway. Best to not upset them or they'll beat you to a pulp and simply say you were belligerent and resisted arrest. You can't win when you deal with the police. Sad but true.
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
whatever, you know i'm right
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07/14/2006 04:21 PM
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
It's good to be concerned,, and take precautions recommended above, but his request is probably due to one of two things.

1. People filing false claims for insurance purposes.

2. Your name or nationality causing him to question your status as a citizen.
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
As far as "them" getting your personal information, forget it. That battle has been lost. If the cop wanted your info for nefarious purposes, he could get everything he wanted simply by getting your license plate number.

So he wanted your SSN? Weird, but I wouldn't worry about it. If he wants to do you harm he could do it anyway. Best to not upset them or they'll beat you to a pulp and simply say you were belligerent and resisted arrest. You can't win when you deal with the police. Sad but true.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 5804


Your reply seems to ring more true to me then the pig lover 116975.

Thanks for your reply.
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07/14/2006 04:26 PM
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
Pig lover? Just try not having "pigs" in your town for one day and see what happens! Seriously, the next time you need a cop, don't call. And i bet the guy kicked your car cause you're a bitch
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07/14/2006 04:28 PM
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
You should have asked him where he's going to send your checks.
Amazed (OP)
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07/14/2006 04:29 PM
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
Seiously the cop looked pale, out of shape and lazy..he had no interest in pursuing the maniac that stuck my car. But asked me a lot of persoanl questions that had nothing to do with the actaul crime. As far as I know I am one of the citzens who pays these pigs thier paychecks and they are suppose to serve and protect me.. not load a database full of my persoanl information.
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Re: Why would a cop ask me for my Social Security Number?
As far as "them" getting your personal information, forget it. That battle has been lost. If the cop wanted your info for nefarious purposes, he could get everything he wanted simply by getting your license plate number.

So he wanted your SSN? Weird, but I wouldn't worry about it. If he wants to do you harm he could do it anyway. Best to not upset them or they'll beat you to a pulp and simply say you were belligerent and resisted arrest. You can't win when you deal with the police. Sad but true.


Your reply seems to ring more true to me then the pig lover 116975.

Thanks for your reply.
 Quoting: Amazed 83654


You're welcome, 83654. Understand that I agree with you. I don't like the idea of giving my "papers" to the police. Not at all.

It's just that the easier thing to do would have been to give the cop your SSN. I would have. It's not like they can't get it anyway and if you refused it might have caused a confrontation with the police officer - and you don't want or need that.

Sadly, the US is on the brink of becoming a total Police State. And the citizens, of course, are just rolling over and accepting it. Whatcha gonna do? /shrug

Peace to you.

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