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Six Common Reasons
Other Names May Appear on a
Social Security Number Scan

by Glenn Hammer

  1. If several individuals (such as spouses, parents, children, or roommates) jointly apply for credit, the other names may appear under one Social Security Number.
  2. If an individual's handwriting is misread on a credit application, the Social Security Number may be entered incorrectly (such as a "1" for a "7" or a "6" for a "0").  This may result in another individual's name appearing under an applicant's Social Security Number.
  3. If a data entry error occurs when entering a name or Social Security Number from a credit application, another person may appear on the report.
  4. If an applicant is using another person's Social Security Number, the other person's name may also appear. Or, if someone else is using the applicant's Social Security Number, the other individual's name may appear.
  5. If an applicant has used an alias, that name may appear.
  6. If an applicant has changed names, the prior name may appear.

The Author: Glenn Hammer, founder of A Matter of Fact, a California-based employment background check firm. www.amof.info

Note: This information is for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional legal advice.