Monday, April 04, 2005

Want someone else's Social Security number?

Jonathan Krim, Washington Post

It's $35 at It's $45 at, where users can also sign up for a report containing an individual's credit-card charges, as well as an e-mail with other "tips, secrets & spy info!" The Web site promises that "if the information is out there, our licensed investigators can find it."

Although Social Security numbers are one of the most powerful pieces of personal information an identity thief can possess, they remain widely available and inexpensive despite public outcry and the threat of a congressional crackdown after breaches at large information brokers.

What we have here is the private enterprise version of secret police.

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