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Can I use someone else's Social Security number?

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It is illegal to use someone else's Social Security number in all circumstances. Fines and imprisonment can be imposed if an individual uses another person's Social Security number.

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It is also illegal to buy or alter Social Security cards.

The Social Security number is used as a unique identifying number for each U.S. citizen. Most citizens receive a Social Security number when they are born. Social Security numbers are required to work in the United States. People who are not citizens may obtain a Social Security number and card for identification purposes, but they cannot use it for work purposes.

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