Social Security numbers for famous and average Americans are easily available on public ancestry software program

The Social Security Administration has complained it doesn’t have the software or manpower to flag all the Social Security numbers of deceased workers. However, some argue that a legal number must follow a certain pattern for the state in which it was issued, and all numbers need to agree to national numbering standards. Would such safeguards protect us from partial identity theft from deceased workers?
That sounded like double talk to me, so I went on a popular genealogical website and searched (as a member) for my father’s Social Security number. The record said he died in Jan., 1978 and his SSN was 360-03-7158, issued in Illinois. Could this information be available just because he was a relation?

I decided to investigate more, and looked up a famous name: Ronald Reagan. His SSN number was 480-07-7456, issued before 1951. I wonder how many illegal workers are using that number, issued in Iowa, according to the report.

How about the number for someone known for secrecy? President Nixon’s SSN was 567-68-0515, issued in California in 1963.

Or, Dwight D. Eisenhower: 572-64-0315, issued in 1962 in California.

Famed MLB Hall of Fame player Richie Ashburn: 506-12-2154.

Even the SSN of the President Obama’s late mother, Stanley A. Dunham, is listed.

If you don’t want to pay for membership on the site, there is a two-week trial, so obtaining what should be confidential, is free for the taking for a limited time only..

A letter from enough of us might lead to less availability of Social Security credentials for identity thieves and other criminals.

Social Security Administration
Office of Public Inquiries
1100 West High Rise
6401 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21235

One thought on “Social Security numbers for famous and average Americans are easily available on public ancestry software program

  1. Thanks for the warning, Fred. I had no idea that social security numbers were so easily available. I appreciate your concern over our welfare as individuals and as a nation. Peace.


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