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Guerrilla Identity Protection

Next time you call customer service to manage one of your accounts and they ask you for pseudo-private information like your SSN or Mother’s maiden name, ask them for their name. When they ask why (feel free to prompt since this probably isn’t completely out of the ordinary) let them know that you are keeping track of people who know your private information, just in case your identity gets stolen. Then explain that you want to keep a list of suspects handy for the police and since s/he had access to your information, they will be high on the list.

One of the measures of a fair deal is “Does it seem fair if I’m on the other side?”

From Pete Lindstrom, “Guerrilla Identity Protection.”