Social Security Numbers used to be issued from the state you applied and/or your parents applied for on your behalf. To file taxes, be reported as a dependent, work in the US, used as identification, open a bank account, apply for credit an SSN (Social Security Number) is required. The first three numbers of a social security number at one time represented the state it was issued. Now, numbers are in a random pool and the first three numbers do not indicate an issuing state. If the first three (3) digits are “000”, “666” or in the “900” series, it is an invalid social security number. If any portion of the social security number contains all “0’s”, such as 000-12-1234, 11-00-1234 or 111-11-0000 the [...]
My Client, George, who has had a life partner (Mary) for over 20 years, was falsely accused of the mistreatment of her. And the accuser, a relative of Mary’s, appeared to be somewhat believable. Was it out of jealousy, monetary reasons or just their belief that their mother was being cared for by my Client, a man whose commitment to Mary did not include a “License”. The accuser had actually made several statements she held a license in healthcare and knew what was best for her mother. My Client was adamant he provided the best care possible, but the accusations made against him were compounding, allegations of improper feeding, over medicating and unsanitary conditions and he had come to the conclusion he could not [...]
Few people think much about their social security number, other than protecting it from identity thieves. But the actual number was – in the past – very telling.
International Investigators conducts a lot of investigation of specific people for a wide variety of reasons:
A missing person investigation
An identity theft
An asset search
Due diligence for personal or professional reasons
And a social security number can be a source of leads and information. But a relatively recent change adds some new challenges – and opportunities. The first three digits of a social security number used to stand for something specific. Each state had a certain series of numbers and other groups, like railroad workers, their social security number always began with digits from 700 – 728. That’s because [...]
Every day there is someone coming up with another way they think will be successful in hiding assets from a former spouse, litigants or even their partners.
There is a practice becoming more and more common. We call it a “practice” because no matter how often someone does it, it won’t be perfect and eventually, they always get caught.
The practice is providing a wrong social security number by switching two of the digits when opening an account. The bad guy figures if he gives an inaccurate social security number, no one will find out – even if someone does an asset investigation searching for hidden bank accounts or stock accounts.
But someone WILL find out—it could be an investigator, the attorney or the authorities—and then everyone [...]