Government officials are posting our SS numbers on the web, but corporations are required to keep them under lock and key.
Congressman Robert Wexler was recently targeted by a Ghanaian extortionist who supposedly obtained Wexler's SS number, as well as his wife's, from a public record posted at The Virginia Watchdog. Betty Ostergren, founder of the Virginia Watchdog, has spent the past seven years trying to put an end to the public exposure of our Social Security numbers, which are often posted online by elected or appointed state government officials. Virginia and other states apparently want this personal information online, since they have yet to pass any laws mandating the removal of SS numbers.
State officials posts these records online because they are public records. This is already happening in every state. Records containing extensive personal information are available on the Internet, and the elected officials that post this information … Read More