Just called our loan officer at our preferred lender and she was surprised. She did indicate that sometimes FHA will require verification because of an unfamiliar name. I, like you, wouldn't feel comfortable providing this info. Try giving your FL RE license number and at most the last 4 of your SSN (what we ask for on a listing agreement). Last resort ask to speak with a manager.
Hope this helps.
Rick Reichard - Buyers Agents
All Real Estate Options, Inc.
I wouldn't send ANYONE a copy of my driver's license and SS card. I've never heard of a request like this before.
There's too much chance for fraud once somebody has all your information. Copies of the two documents you mention will give an unscrupulous person more than enough information to open accounts in your name.