The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

25 January 2007

Although it looks like a phish

It's called StolenIDSearch, and all you have to do is give them your Social Security number.

Head Consumerist Ben Popken gave them a number, with the following result:

For cheap kicks, we entered our SSN. TrustedID [the site operator] said it hadn't been stolen ... yet. They were then happy to offer for sale their services in monitoring our identity for possible theft.

No points for style. Were I going to steal SSNs, I'd put up the form with "Is your Social Security number stolen?" Then, on receipt of input: "It is now!"

I'm not, however, inclined to give stuff away even to legit operators. Says Popken:

The only way to protect yourself from identity theft is to not give it out to people who don't need or whom you don't trust ... like internet startups.

Alternatively, you can give them Richard Milhous Nixon's.

Posted at 10:00 AM to Dyssynergy