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Yvonne, Renter in Temple City, CA

is it legal to ask for copy of social security card? just to run a credit check for a home rental? Or am I being scammed ?

Asked by Yvonne, Temple City, CA Tue Mar 13, 2012

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Hi Yvonne,
For what I know, only your social security number is asked to submit. I rarely heard that the copy of your SS card is required. Please be careful.

Helen Chen Marston, realtor living in Temple City.
Keller Williams Realty
626-353-9665
Helen@HelensRealEstate.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 13, 2012
Best Answer;
I agree with your answer Helen
Flag Wed Apr 30, 2014
BOTTOM LINE- Do not make copies of your SS Card!!!! Proof of SSN and a valid ID is sufficient. I walked away from an apartment rentor who insisted that I allow her to copy my SSN card as well as my military ID, an absolute no-no!!! As a person who has been previously victimized by identity theft I can tell you that, in the wrong hands, there are several ways that a copy of your SS card can cause a world of financial problems that can take months to years to clear up.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 30, 2014
It's legal and it's pretty standard.

However, that still doesn't address whether it's a scam. If the deal seems too good to be true, it's likely a scam. If the "owner" is out of the country, it's a scam. If you have to provide substantial money up front (more than a few dollars to run the credit check), it's a scam. If you're supposed to pay by mail order or wire transfer, it's a scam.

Hope that helps.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 14, 2012
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
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My landlord is asking for a copy of my driver’s license and social security card six months after we have moved in. She claims her bookkeeper needs it for her files. Is this legal?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 5, 2013
Please read my 2 blog postings here on Trulia, you can find them by clicking on my picture, I wrote this (it's a bit long) to protect people who are looking for Rental Properties in the day & age when there are thousands of scammers out there looking to STEAL YOUR IDENTITY or try to rent you properties where they are NOT the legal owners.

Please read " RED FLAGS - RENTAL SCAMS - PUBLIC BEWARE" ----if you have any conversations with or emails to & from the person trying to rent you a property that sound ANYTHING like this, you're chances of being scammed are very high.

Be safe & good luck finding a place.

Shoot me an email if you want to talk about this some more. I don't look back on this same Trulia thread for answers posted after mine.

EmilyKnell1@yahoo.com
562-430-3053 c
Realtor Since 1996
Main Street Realtors
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 18, 2012
Sure it's legal. It's also legal to ask you for a copy of your driver's license. It's also legal to ask you for $100 dollars. Doesn't mean you have to do it ! The difference is, it's not required or mandated by law in many states.

As a property manager, I request to see a photo ID to identify the person I'm renting to. You provide a SS# that matches the ID and address and I'll run your credit.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 14, 2012
Yes it is legal. SSN is required to process credit and background check.
Web Reference: http://inlandfinancial.net
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 13, 2012
Yvonne,

That is common, because the landlord/management company would need your SSN in order to process the credit report.

However, always proceed with caution because there are some scam companies out there.


Craig Chastain
Realtor/Owner
Next Level Realty
909.243.4251
sellyourhomewithcraig@yahoo.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 13, 2012
Is it legal to ask for a copy of my ss card before I'm a tenant? Isn't the number along with a copy of my DL sufficient. If they have a copy of my ss card and I find a better deal elsewhere, what's to say they will destroy the copy?
Flag Sun Sep 29, 2013
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