| ||Ask HN: Recruiters who request SSN over the phone|
11 points by indiejade 2773 days ago | hide | past | web | 15 comments | favorite |
|I was contacted by a recruiter firm yesterday about a 30-90 day W2 position. I sent my resume and later received a message from the same recruiter person who stated he had a "question." After another call this morning, I learned that the information they were seeking was my Social Security Number.|
Of course I am always hesitant to give that out. But I really need work. After checking out the company's site, asking why this information was needed, and generally getting no straight answers, the person said that all kinds of companies are asking for that info these days: ATT, Microsoft, etc. Basically what I said was, half-jokingly, "Well, if I'm a vicitm of identity theft, I'll just sue your company."
I really need paid work, so I eventually gave it over, but this does not seem like this should be a necessary part of standard practice. ESPECIALLY for a w2 position.
Question: Does anyone have experience with this kind of procedure? I have not worked with recruiters for so long for reasons like this; but desperate for work, I feel like I am backed into a corner.
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