Who's Got Your Number?

The quickest way to become a victim of identity theft is to let your Social Security number (SSN) fall into the wrong hands. That's why a group of employees are suing Union Pacific Railroad over the casual way the company used the numbers to ID workers--a practice that became a real issue in April when a computer with the names and numbers of 30,000 employees was stolen. In May someone made off with a laptop containing the SSNs of 26.5 million people on file at the Department of Veterans Affairs--which suggests that it's more important than ever to keep your number...

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