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Potential new DTV Customer - SS # needed?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by SoCalWJS, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. Jan 7, 2013 #1 of 19
    SoCalWJS

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    I couldn't find a better place, so I hope this is OK.

    I was visiting friends yesterday, and they mentioned they were thinking about switching back to DirecTV after being with a different provider for a couple of years. They called and spoke to somebody and said that they would need to provide their Social Security # so a credit check could be performed.

    :confused:

    Friend said no, I have a valid CC, but were again told that DirecTV needed the SS #. Asked to speak to a Supervisor who told them the same thing.

    Friend said forget it - we don't give out SS #, and decided to look into further options.

    I'm the same way. Why does DirecTV need that info? Is there a way around this? (and what is it about companies wanting more than CC info to do purchases these days? - I've been using PayPal for quite awhile now with CC on file and no problems - now I'm at some threshold $ amount and they want my bank account # - not going to happen)

    Don't these companies understand that Identity Theft/Fraud is a HUGE and fast growing problem, and that if anybody gets your SS # (that has bad intentions) you are in BIG trouble
     
  2. Jan 7, 2013 #2 of 19
    dpeters11

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    They do a credit check, since you're leasing equipment. I do think it is still possible to get service without it, but you have to pay a large deposit. At one point it was around $300, and you were credited back a small amount per month.
     
  3. Jan 7, 2013 #3 of 19
    Stuart Sweet

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    :welcome_s to DBSTALK!

    First let me reassure you that what you're posting is, in fact valid DIRECTV procedure. Credit checks are used to determine whether or not you qualify for free or reduced-price equipment. DIRECTV does have a program for those who choose not to submit to a credit check or who fail a credit check. The upfront cost is higher.

    Obviously security and identity theft is a massive problem in this country and it's hard to know who to trust. If you choose to order through the web site, it goes through fewer human eyes.
     
  4. Jan 7, 2013 #4 of 19
    SoCalWJS

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    Thanks for the responses - I'll pass along the info. See if they're willing to do it online (I'm reasonably comfortable with a secure server. The human factor? - different story these days I'm sorry to say)

    Also, thanks for the welcome Stuart! Actually a prior member, but it's been so long since I was here last (at least logged in - snoop around periodically) that I've switched computers and have no clue what name I used to use here - decided it was just easier to create a whole new identity. :eek:
     
  5. Jan 7, 2013 #5 of 19
    WestDC

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    Rule of Thumb is if you called them and they asked for "personal Info" to do credit check -then all should be above board,

    Now if you answer a call and they ask for "Personal Info" Then the alarm bells should go off and HANG UP!!
     
  6. Jan 7, 2013 #6 of 19
    dpeters11

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    It's funny. Someone I work with (and in her 30s) doesn't trust Amazon with her credit card so doesn't shop online. I asked her if she always paid cash at restaurants, she uses a credit card but never considered you never know what a waiter does with the card when they go to the back for a few minutes.

    Fortunately, the vast majority of people are honest and do what they are supposed to do. But, I know all too well what that one careless or bad person can do. With issues like at Barnes and Noble point of sale machines, etc it's becoming harder and harder. Plus our SSN's seem to be everywhere.
     
  7. Jodean

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    Directv does not need your SS # if you meet certain criteria.

    They do not have mine.

    Has mostly to do with current address, ive been at mine for 7 years.

    Passed credit check and what not with no SS #

    Have built many accounts without it as well, no problems.
     
  8. wahooq

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    As usual.... misinformation...new security procedures require SSN and its a credit "tap" not a full check that will ding your rating....current address matters naught....
    p.s. EVERY utility I have has mine and my spouses SSN...just sayin
     
  9. lipcrkr

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    Well, whatever credit check they did apparently had no problem offering me service, despite the fact that my only credit card is Secured and i maintain a balance of $200.
     
  10. Jodean

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    Hmm, too bad your wrong in this case. I just setup my account without SS#

    I have also tried running accounts without it for people that had just moved. It never works.

    Maybe you should find out info before posting what you "think" you know.

    I have NO utilities that were setup with any SS#'s
     
  11. bobcamp1

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    In California, all you have to do is prepay for the first month and provide your driver's license number. Then no SSN number needed. It's the law in California. Ask to speak to a supervisor if the CSR doesn't know that or conveniently forgets to mention it.
    (Edit: I know I both read this and saw it on the news, but for the the life of me I cannot find the link to support that statement.)

    They CAN do a credit check without it, but it's a big PITA for them, so D* tells their customers it's required.

    Not only that, but some people simply do not have one. Foreign students, for example.
     
  12. tigerwillow1

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    This may or may not apply to DirecTV. I just signed up with Dish and had to provide only the last 4 digits of my SSN. This was through a local retailer. If you sign up with Dish on the Internet, they want the whole thing.
     
  13. pistolpete52

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    If you look at what an SS # is, it is basically an insurance policy, and is NOT to be used for identifiable purposes. So, if you got turned down for service because you wouldn't release this info, you did the right thing.

    Releasing your SSN puts you in jeopardy of having your identity stolen.
     
  14. wahooq

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    Dont "think" I know anything...pretty sure of myself as I do this 40 hours a week
     
  15. gfrang

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    My rule about giving SSN and checking debit numbers is if they call me i just give a few four letter words and hang up,if i call them i usually give them what they want,i don't feel comfortable about it but i have Life lock and every day i check my pending transactions in my online banking,i have been burnt in the past.
     
  16. dpeters11

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    That was the original design, but not what it is in practice.
     
  17. Inkosaurus

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    I dont know if it was just the call center I worked at or if it was this way for all/most of them but.. It would have been pretty darn difficult for me to pull off writing down a customers personal info (CC and SS #) without getting caught in the process.

    Thats assuming I would even be willing to put my job on the line doing that, during training they reinforce the fact that you will be fired on the spot if your caught trying to jot down customer info.
    The call center I worked at didnt let us take in any notebooks and having electronics out whilst on calls would be an automatic final warning if you got caught.. I know its risky to hand out your info to strangers over the phone but D* and E* arent naive either and do there best to scare there employees into doing the right thing lol.
     
  18. Inkosaurus

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    IIRC the owner of Lifelock has had his identity stolen a handful of times lol, I wouldnt put complete trust in them xD
     
  19. goinsleeper

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    Am I reading the bold text wrong or does one line contradict the other? I could just be missing the point I guess.
     

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