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Q: Consumer Advisory on Dangers of Providing Date of Birth ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Consumer Advisory on Dangers of Providing Date of Birth
Category: Business and Money > Finance
Asked by: dmorey-ga
List Price: $40.00
Posted: 07 Mar 2004 13:18 PST
Expires: 06 Apr 2004 14:18 PDT
Question ID: 314328
I need to find information that advises consumers to not supply their
date of birth online. The information must be from government or
reputable new sources. The information must specifically identify your
date of birth as a piece of information to not supply.

Clarification of Question by dmorey-ga on 07 Mar 2004 13:20 PST
I would like a list of several URLs that contain the information I am
looking for, not just one URL.
Subject: Re: Consumer Advisory on Dangers of Providing Date of Birth
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 07 Mar 2004 15:58 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Dmorey,

Below you will find several websites where consumers are advised not
to supply their date of birth online.


From the Texas Department of Public Safety:

Steps To Help Prevent Identity Theft


 ?Do NOT give out personal information over the phone or Internet.
That would include your social security number, driver license number,
date of birth, place of birth, home address, mother's maiden name or

Texas Department of Public Safety


From the Mount Laurel Police Department Identity Theft
Awareness Bulletin: 

Chief David G. Haas of the Mount Laurel Police Department discusses
the problem of identity theft and states: ?Never give any important
information out over the telephone or over the Internet to anyone you
don't know and do not discuss sensitive information on a cellular or
cordless phone. Examples of this important or sensitive information
are your driver's license, credit card, bank account, date of birth,
or social security numbers.?

Mount Laurel Police


Identity Theft Resource Center, Inc

?ID thieves surf for this information. Never include SSN, birth dates
or mother?s maiden names on resumes or genealogical charts posted to
the web.?

Identity Theft Resource Center, Inc


Florida Attorney General on Preventing Identity Theft: 

?Only release your personal data (social security number, date of
birth, bank account or credit account numbers, etc.), to agencies who
require it for action you have initiated. Never give this information
to unsolicited telephone callers or over the Internet.?

Florida Attorney General


An article from the Torrington Telegram Online warning residents to
beware of new Internet scam:

 ?Anybody in the situation where they are requesting any
identification which could be used to steal things from them, should
talk to a local person ? either a banker, police department,
accountant or someone locally that can advise them on it,? said
Torrington Police Chief Billy Janes.?

?Do not give out your social security number, date of birth, address,
any account numbers, especially over the Internet. Internet has become
the No. 1 source of fraud.?

Torrington Telegram


Online Guardians

Online Guardians warns not to supply your date of birth or other
personal information online.


?Never use your real name, address, phone number, or any other piece
of information that relates to you EVER. Lie. Make stuff up. Use
aliases and try to give out false information when asked. Why do you
need to lie? Because with a birth date and a full name a person can
overtake every aspect of your life. A simple birth date and first and
last name can get a birth certificate, a credit report, an address, a
driver's license, a credit card, and a loan. At that point, the person
with this information is an exact duplicate or "clone" of you to
anyone who doesn't know you.?

Online Guardians


From the City of Peoria Police Department:

?Identity theft is the unauthorized use of an individual?s personal
identifying information without the individual?s consent for an
unlawful purpose.?

Personal identifying Information:
-Date of Birth
-Social Security Number
-Screen Name
-Bank Account Number
-Credit/Debit Card-Account Information

?An identity thief may use someone?s personal identifiers to illegally
obtain credit cards, open checking accounts, apply for loans, rent or
purchase homes or automobiles, establish services with utility
companies, or engage in other fraudulent activity.?

To prevent identity theft:

-Do not give out personal information in response to unsolicited
offers by phone, mail, Internet or in person.?

City of Peoria Police Department


In addition you are advised not use your date of birth or other
personal information as a password.


A few more tips on online privacy concerns:

?Many auction sites require the bidder to login before placing or
viewing a bid. The bidder is usually required to input a username and
a password. When selecting a password, do not use your social security
number or any other commonly known information such as your birth
date, mother?s maiden name, or numbers from your driver?s license.?

Chicago Kent College of Law

Search criteria:
dangers of supplying OR providing * date of birth" "birth date" online
"do not give out? ?date of birth" "birth date" online

I hope you find this information useful!

Best regards,
dmorey-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Included excerpts without asking and was exactly what I was looking for.

Subject: Re: Consumer Advisory on Dangers of Providing Date of Birth
From: bobbie7-ga on 07 Mar 2004 16:59 PST
Thank you very much for the five star rating and tip!

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