Computer Desk
November 3, 2017

How to Tell If A Social Security Card Is Fake

Top Story  |   |  By: Anna-Lisa Laca

When you hire a new employee, you have two responsibilities. Make sure the employee fills out a W-2 and a form I-9, and then verify that to the best of your knowledge the identification cards they show you are government issued. That’s it. You don’t need to be a private investigator, you just need to verify the documents appear to be real.

Here’s a trick: Did you know there are a few social security numbers the Social Security Administration will never issue? It’s true. According to the Social Security Administration website, they will never issue:

  • SSNs starting with the number 9
  • SSNs beginning with 666 or 000 in positions 1-3
  • SSNs with the number 00 in positions 4-5
  • SSNs with the number 0000 in positions 6-9

Next time you hire a new employee and notice they have a social security number that breaks those rules, you can bet it’s not government issued.

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