Facebook Wants my Social Security Number!

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WTH Facebook? Generally, I don’t have a problem giving out my SSN. That might seem contrary to the advice I give, but frankly, our SSNs are everywhere and if my insurance company needs it, I’ll generally just question them on it, maybe resist a bit, and if they insist, and I need that insurance policy, I’ll cough it up.

My identity in regards to “new account fraud” is protected via a credit freeze and I also have identity theft protection in place. So between the two, I’m pretty locked down. This is the advice I give everyone. So I’m generally not alarmed or concerned when asked for my SSN.

BUT, today friggin Facebook asked for it and of all the company’s or government agency’s on the planet to ask for this level of personal identifying sensitive information, Facebook is the world’s single most notorious abuser of privacy in the history of the world.

There have been countless breaches and privacy issues with Facebook and this is so over the top I can’t even believe they have the nuts to ask for a copy of my Social Security card.

Here’s how it played out….An email came in from Facebook subject line “Your sales are on hold” with the message:

Hi Robert Siciliano: Security Awareness Fraud & Personal Security Expert,

When Robert Siciliano: Security Awareness Fraud & Personal Security Expert’s shop was set up, Robert Siciliano’s information was entered. To help keep Facebook secure, we need to confirm the identity of people representing a business on Facebook or Instagram.

Your sales have been temporarily put on hold until we can confirm Robert’s information. This is a standard process and should only take a few minutes to complete.

Once you confirm Robert’s information, you’ll be able to receive payments again.

The Facebook Team

WTH?!! OK, sure. So I sell my books on my Facebook page and e-commerce is involved. There’s a tax thing going on here. But they aren’t asking for my EIN or are engaging me in a formal process to vet my viability as a tax payer. They are asking for a copy of my SSN in the form of a scan to “verify” me!

I clicked a link on Facebook to see where this debacle would take me and see here:

So I clicked “Contact Us” to voice my frustration and my response was:

And I’ll repeat: “Screw off. I’m not sending Facebook a copy of my SSN card. WTH is wrong with you? What are my other options?

Stay tuned for how this BS turns out.

To be continued. Robert.

Robert Siciliano personal security and identity theft expert and speaker is the author of Identity Theft Privacy: Security Protection and Fraud Prevention: Your Guide to Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft and Computer Fraud. See him knock’em dead in this Security Awareness Training video.


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Janice Zaltman Realtor, LEED AP
United Realty Group - Boca Raton, FL

Does seem a bit strange. I'm sure you checked the link to see if it looked legit. Everyone needs identify theft protection these days. It's quite sad. 

Jun 06, 2019 07:43 PM #4
Robert Buys Houses DFW
Robert Buys Houses DFW - Dallas, TX
We Buy Houses Fast in Dallas-Fort Worth

I have never and I will never give mu SSN to any platform especially facebook for any reason whatsoever! If that is what you want to do, that's fine, but don't adivce others to do the same. Reckless!


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Jun 07, 2019 04:12 AM #5
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

It's a scam.... 

Jun 07, 2019 05:21 AM #6
Janelle Ancillotti
Seneca Home Staging - Syracuse, NY
HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY

Hmmm...looks to me like it's a phishing scam. Too bad you "clicked the link"; now those scammers know they hooked a live one and they will relentlessly keep trying to reel you in. 

Jun 07, 2019 06:04 AM #7
Terry McCarley
REMAX Realty Team - Cape Coral FL - Cape Coral, FL

Keep us posted!  Definitely sounds like a scam to me.  I also agree with Janelle Ancillotti that it is too bad you clicked the link

Jun 07, 2019 06:23 AM #8
Greg Mona
Faira Homes Corp - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate in the 21st Century!

As others have just written, I believe you are the victim of a scam Robert Siciliano . And no offense, but I hope that IS what happened! Dear Lord, if FB starts asking for SSN's, then what's next? A blood sample?! 

Jun 07, 2019 07:54 AM #9
Lynda White
Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How - Louisville, KY
Admin. Mgr., Keller Williams Realty

I think it's a scam too but scary stuff nonetheless. 

Jun 07, 2019 09:32 AM #10
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

I'm interested to see how this turns out...

Jun 07, 2019 10:27 AM #11
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

With all the things we are learning about FB and their misuse of private information, this seems like a legitimate request from them.

However, I get a lot of scam through FB and so I am very leery of anything that seems out of the ordinary.

Let us know how this turns out.

Jun 07, 2019 11:47 AM #12
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

That's nuts!  Being on alert 24/7 we are all suspicious of anyone trying to ask for information.  But Facebook?  That's crazy!

Jun 08, 2019 10:43 AM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Robert- that is ridiculous!  Of all of the big companies to ask for this, Facebook stands out like a sore thumb for reasons not to give it to them. 

Jun 08, 2019 05:41 PM #14
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Wow that's crazy.  I agree with everyone that giving the info to FB would be a mistake.

Jun 08, 2019 05:54 PM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

                                    thank you, Robert. 

Jun 08, 2019 07:26 PM #16
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Yes, definitely keep us posted. And to hold up your sales until this info is provided? That's crazy.

Jun 09, 2019 04:56 AM #17
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh my goodness, no way. Be sure to let us know how this plays out. D

Jun 09, 2019 07:06 AM #18
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Robert Siciliano I ditched FB last year of so and have zero intention of going there ever again. Do let us know where this ends up....it's nuts.

Jun 09, 2019 01:53 PM #19
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Robert Siciliano ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week! Please let us know how this ends up..totally ridiculous!!

Jun 10, 2019 04:49 AM #20
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  I can see why Kathy included it in her list this week!

Jun 10, 2019 06:24 AM #21
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Unbelievable! But I put nothing past them  I really believe Facebook is out of control and messenger is evil. they cause a lot of havoc. I will stay tuned! 

Jun 11, 2019 12:40 AM #22
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


WTH indeed. No way would I share my SS#. Will be interested to hear the outcome.

And the SSA scammers sure have been busy - I had 5 calls a couple of weeks to let me know there was suspicious activity with my SS# and it had been suspended...and 4 more today! I keep blocking numbers but no doubt it will continue.


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