So, I found all this ID and credit cards and other stuff in a purse on the street and I wanted to make sure the SSN on the card that was in there is valid.
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I'm looking for a way to verify that an SSN is real and that the person that it was assigned to, if ever, isn't dead. Can you assist?
I work on a system that uses SSN as an ID for the "customers". We have been using a specific SSN for test for a couple of years now. Well, I just found a real person with that SSN. Truth is, I've found a couple of people in the various systems I work with that happen to have that SSN. People I work with tell me that particular SSN can't even be real because of the numbers in it. I don't know what they are talking about but they may be right.
I'd like to verify that the SSN is a valid one. I don't have to prove that the person really owns it but I'd feel more comfortable if I could find a website or some other organization that could at least tell me if it's real or not.
If you're a slave to your free associations, does it automatically become something else?
There is a series of SSN that I use for testing that are referred to as "Pocketbook" numbers by the Social Security Administration because wallet and purse manufacturers used to insert fake cards with these numbers. There is another list known as "Impossible" numbers. None of the numbers on either list will ever be distributed as a real SSN.
I use numbers off of these lists to create test accounts so that they will not interfere with any live data should anything unforseen happen.
You should be able to get a list of unused numbers from the SSA for use in testing if that is your goal.
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