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Identity theft is a growing problem for the US. It is an important element in the line of defense, that fake Social Security cards be identified. Follow the steps below to spot a fake Social Security card.


Social Security Cards - Step 1, picture 1 Social Security Cards - Step 1, picture 2
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The first thing is to know the numbers. 987-65-4320 to 987-65-4329 are only used in advertisements and never on a real Social Security card. Below are more numbers that are not valid:

002-28-1852
078-05-1120
128-03-6045
165-16-7999
165-20-7999
189-09-2294
212-09-9999
468-28-8779
042-10-3580
095-07-3645
135-01-6629
165-18-7999
165-22-7999
212-09-7694
306-30-2348
549-24-1889
062-36-0749
141-18-6941
165-24-7999
308-12-5070

Social Security Cards - Step 2, picture 1
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Next, know the number sequence. The current format is a 9 digit number, broken up into 3 sections.

(1) The first set (123-xx-xxxx) called the area number
(2) The second set (xxx-45-xxxx) called the group number
(3) The third set (xxx-xx-6789) called the serial number

The SERIAL numbers are a straight numerical sequence from
0001 – 9999. (0000 is never used)
INVALID Social Security numbers:

· Any of the three fields contain all zeros
· AREA number “666” never has and never will be used
· AREA numbers 650-699
· AREA numbers 729 to 999 except for 764 and 765
· AREA number 550, GROUP 19 (i.e. 550-19-0001)
· AREA number 586, GROUPS 19,29,59 and 79-99

Social Security Cards - Step 3, picture 1
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Next, look closely at the printed numbers and name (preferably with a magnifying glass). The numbers and letters should not have any smudges and should all be in alignment.
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