I took my son to the optometrist last week for new glasses and contacts. When the sales person typed in my son's ss# to apply our insurance to the final cost, another name popped up along side his number. I immediately contacted the insurance company and tried to see what the problem was. I got this rude, uncaring person on the other end. He told me it was a typo and no big deal. He had the nerve ask me, "why in the world would someone want your son's ss#?", "does he have excellent credit or something?" and told me it was ridiculous. I finally asked to speak to a supervisor who was completely empathetic to my situation. We're still working on straightening this mess out but I'm so glad I caught it. My son is only 15 and I have never had to use his ss# for insurance purposes but more and more, our ss#'s are used for identification purposes leaving in out there for others to take advantage of.