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Invalid or Impossible Social Security Numbers

Social Security Numbers having the following characteristics are invalid or impossible:

  • AREA, GROUP, or SERIAL are composed of all zeroes (e.g, 000-45-6789, 123-00-6789, 123-45-0000)
  • AREA number 666 (never have and never will be issued)
  • AREA numbers 700 to 728 (Railroad workers through July 1, 1963, then discontinued)
  • AREA numbers 900-999 (not valid SSNs, but were used for program purposes when state aid to the aged, blind and disabled was converted to a federal program administered by SSA)

Unassigned GROUP numbers

For administrative reasons, GROUP numbers are NOT assigned sequentially but rather follow this order:

  1. ODD, 01 to 09(01, 03, … 09)
  2. EVEN, 10 to 98(10, 12, … 98)
  3. EVEN, 02 to 08(02, 04, … 08)
  4. ODD, 11 to 99 (11, 13, … 99)

Check the latest Social Security Number Monthly Issuance Table at SSA’s Website for the highest group number assigned for each SSN Area. For example, if the highest group number assigned for area 999 is 72 (within the EVEN, 10 to 98 range), then we know that alleged number 999-04-1234 is an invalid number because group number in the EVEN, 02 to 08 range have not yet been assigned.

Social Security Number Used In Advertising (Making Them Invalid)

Specific Social Security Numbers have been used in advertising over the years, which has rendered those numbers invalid. The most famous instance is that of the E. H. Ferree Company in Lockport, New York, which in 1938 decided to promote its product by showing how a Social Security card would fit into its wallets. Over time the number that appeared (078-05-1120) was claimed by over 40,000 people as their own.

The SSA tells the whole story The Social Security Administration now recommends that people showing Social Security cards in advertisements use numbers in the range 987-65-4320 through 987-65-4329. According to one source the following SSNs have been used in ads:

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

 

 

Identity Theft and SSN Randomization

Identity Theft and SSN Randomization
SSN Randomization is a project by the SSA in an effort to curb Identity theft victims in the USA. The Social Security Administration (SSA) changed the way Social Security Numbers are issued starting on June 25, 2011.
Since 1973 SSN’s have been issued based on the Zip Code of the mailing address of the SSN application. The first three digits of the SSN were tied to a particular state. After June 25, 2011 this will no longer be the case making it a little more difficult for Identity thieves to guess or obtain the SSN of their victims.
Starting on June 25, 2011, the SSA will eliminate the geographical significance of the first three digits of the SSN, currently referred to as the area number, by no longer allocating the area numbers for assignment to individuals in specific states.

The project is an effort to help protect the integrity of the SSN by establishing a new randomized assignment methodology. SSN Randomization will also extend the longevity of the nine-digit SSN nationwide.

The downside to this randomization is that employers, collection agents, financial institutions and many other industries that rely on being able to conduct SSN verification using various third party services may find themselves paying up to 10x more for similar services. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Noah Wieder is CEO of SearchBug, Inc. and the founder of Best People Search. SearchBug.com offers a Free People Finder and Company Search as well as Data Scrubbing Services. Bestpeoplesearch.com is a private investigator portal and Information Retrieval Services web site where investigators offer searches to businesses and individuals with specific search needs.

Providing your Social Security Number on Forms

Every time I complete a form at a bank or at a doctors office, they want my SSN. Since I’m in that industry I know all too well how SSN information gets abused.

As we slid into a recession a few years ago, unemployment mounted and peoples bank accounts started dwindling. Foreclosures on the rise, bad credit card debts mounting, bad loans running amok.

What some not so good people do when their credit is bad and they need to survive…..

We have heard stories where parents that have bad credit will start using their kids SSN to establish new credit. Really easy to do when Joe Sr. uses Joe Jr.’s SSN to get a new credit card. Lots of immigrants share SSN numbers to get work. Very few have photo ID but pass around that Social Security Card.

One thing I still don’t understand is why the SSA (Social Security Administration) doesn’t require a photo on the Social Security Card. Yeah, sure most get an SSN as an infant but shouldn’t it be required at some point?  Hey, how about hooking the SSA up with the DMV’s and start using their photos.  Oh.. no.. that’s way too much bureaucracy.

Everyone needs to be careful. If you are filling out an application you should always ask why they need your SSN. Many doctors forms ask for it but they don’t really need it, especially if you have an insurance card.

Insurance companies and even the DMV in some states use to use a Social Security Number as the DL number or the member number. Laws have made them change that.

Bottom line … Ask Questions. Know who has access to your SSN:

  1. Ask about their privacy policies.
  2. How long they keep it on file.
  3. When do they destroy the document (employer, after you leave, how long?)
  4. How long after you stop going to that doctor do they destroy that paperwork?
  5. Do they shred documents or throw them out. Yikes!

If you stop working someplace or stop going to a doctor, know your rights. Keep track of every place you provided with your SSN and be sure to opt-out of any sharing.

Need to verify an SSN or make sure some one is not using a deceased SSN?
Social Security Numbers are never reissued.
People have been known to use a deceased persons SSN. Make sure.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Noah Wieder is CEO of SearchBug, Inc. and the founder of Best People Search. SearchBug.com offers a Free People Finder and Company Search as well as Data Scrubbing Services. Bestpeoplesearch.com is a private investigator portal and Information Retrieval Services web site where investigators offer searches to businesses and individuals with specific search needs.

SSN Reserved for Future Use

SSN Reserved for Future Use

Q: When I conduct a Social Security Number Verification some results show “Reserved for future use” what does this mean?

A: Reserved for Future Use is a denotation defined by the Social Security Administration for numbers in states that have not started to be assigned yet.

An SSN is made up of an Area Group Serial (AAA-GG-SSSS) number. All three numbers combine to make the complete SSN.

The Social Security number consists of nine (9) digits. The first three (3) digits denote the AREA (or State) where the application for an original Social Security number was filed.

Within each area, the GROUP number (middle two (2) digits) range from 01 to 99 but are not assigned in consecutive order. 


For administrative reasons, group numbers issued first consist of the ODD numbers from 01 through 09 and then EVEN numbers from 10 through 98, within each area number allocated to a State. 


After all numbers in group 98 of a particular area have been issued, the EVEN Groups 02 through 08 are used, followed by ODD Groups 11 through 99. 

Within each group, the serial numbers (last four (4) digits) run consecutively from 0001 through 9999. This chart below shows how Group numbers are assigned:

 

ODD – 01, 03, 05, 07, 09 EVEN – 10 to 98
EVEN – 02, 04, 06, 08 ODD – 11 to 99

 

 

Even though an SSN provided is a valid number “Reserved for future use” means it has not been issued by that state yet.

For example: According to the SSN the state of MA is assigned to the AREA number 032. However, as of today July 2010 they are only issuing Group Numbers in the 92 series (ie. 032-92-XXXX).  After they assign the last number in that series 032-92-9999, they will start issuing 032-94-0001 and so on. An SSN such as 032-98-XXXX has not been issued in that series and therefor is “reserved for future use”.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Noah Wieder is CEO of SearchBug, Inc. and the founder of Best People Search. SearchBug.com offers a Free People Finder and Company Search as well as Data Scrubbing Services. Bestpeoplesearch.com is a private investigator portal and Information Retrieval Services web site where investigators offer searches to businesses and individuals with specific search needs.