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Old 09-11-2005, 07:27 PM
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If you visit already then your SS# is in their system(assuming you're a citizen), they already have it...I seriously doubt you are in danger of identity theft if that's what you are worried about.
Someone posted this (now I forgot who) in answer to a FRP question. I just want to let everyone know that you do have to worry about Identity Theft from the prison because it happened to me. You have to give them your SS# to visit and within a few months of visiting somehow, someone got my SS# and name and opened a new phone in NYC (I have never been there). It took awhile for me to get the call from a collections agency for a huge phone bill. I talked to the phone service and all of the calls were collect from different prisons (none of them the one I visited). They just kept making calls untill the phone was turned off. I called the prison I visited about it and talked to an investigator who promised to get to the bottom of it. Nothing happened and I continued to call. There answer to me was, my husband ended up getting hit in the back of the head by a guard, put in the box and transferred out of there. I had all of my credit reports checked and put a lock on my accounts so now in order for me to start any new account I have to call myself first. Brilliant, huh? Yea.
I won't say what prison this happened at because these people scare me. Just wanted to let you know that it does happen.
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Old 09-11-2005, 08:38 PM
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That was me who posted it, but my point was that they already have all the info already being a visitor, so to give it to get married and for FRP i don't think it's going to make a difference.
You take a chance with identity theft everyday for everywhere that has info on file, like the Dr's office, creditcards, loans, bank accounts, utilities, Everything...so it's just a matter of coming across someone who is not so honest and who is a thief. That could happen anywhere.
You have to just be careful and check your credit reports on a reg basis.

I work for a bank in a very very large call center and we have every customer's info in our system...and I'm sure there's someone in there who has an ulterior motive with it. Just my opinion.
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You take a chance with identity theft everyday for everywhere that has info on file, like the Dr's office, creditcards, loans, bank accounts, utilities, Everything...so it's just a matter of coming across someone who is not so honest and who is a thief. That could happen anywhere.
You have to just be careful and check your credit reports on a reg basis.
Thank you 4MyBaby Boy, this is exactly the point I was trying to make!
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http://www.annualcreditreport.com.

If anyone is interested you can go to this site and get a free credit report. If you only choose one company at a time you can get 3 free reports at 4 month intervals and check it free for a year.
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i'm scared to see mine
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I agree 4mybabyboy, checking it out is a scary thing.
The first scary part is that you have to put your SS# in the site in order to find out the credit report!! Seems counterproductive at first but like you said before, that number is already in so many other places all you can do is try to keep track of what is happening with it in a credit report.
I hope everything looked good for you!
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