I wanted to get a money order and send it out Saturday, so I went around the corner where there is an AMSCOT, as they offer free money orders, as long as you are not paying with a check. Got the cash and went to get one.
They said because it was over $1000.00, they needed more info.
They wanted my drivers license, which contains my name, address, date of birth, eye color, hair color, height and weight. They then wanted me to fill out a form which included my name, address, phone number, email address and finally my social security number.
I told them I would never, ever, give my SSN to anyone. They got on the phone with some supervisor who wanted to know why I wanted the money order, who was I sending it to and what the purpose of the funds were for.
I was starting to get pissed, but I told them who was getting the money order and that it was for Corvette parts and restoration work.
They said they would not give the money order without my SSN. I effectively told them to eat shit and go to hell. With my SSN and all the other things they asked for, I was then a perfect candidate for ID theft and could easily have someone with that info take out a loan in my name, get a credit card or even buy a house or car and I would have been liable. They assured me that would not happen, so I asked them why they needed it. They said it was because the Fed Gov't required them to get it.
I again told them to eat shit and left.
I went home and went on line with my credit union to see when they were open next, and found a button that said request Bank Checks. In a matter of minutes I had a bank check waiting to be picked up, which I will be doing today. So, The funds will be mailed 1 day later than planned, and I will never EVER go to an AMSCOT again for anything.
Be careful what personal info you give ANYONE, even if they say they require it.