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Old 09-22-2005, 03:44 PM   #1
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SSN for Yarn?
I ordered some yarn from Yarn Forward, which is in Canada. I've ordered from them before, never a problem.

There was a call on my answering machine yesterday saying that in order for the yarn to be delivered by UPS, I must provide my Social Security Number or Tax ID number, since the US Govt. requires this for textiles.

HUH! Never needed this before, and I certainly won't give it now.

Anyone else ever heard of this?

I've tried calling several times with no answer, so I'm going to fax them telling them that, no, they can't have it.
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Old 09-22-2005, 03:53 PM   #2
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That doesn't really make sense... if you send something to someone overseas, you don't need to add THEIR ssn to the package...and, vice versa, if someone sends you something, say a friend, it's not like they have to call you up and ask for you ssn.

I wouldn't do it...then again, I'm all paranoid about having too much of my personal info out "there", you know?


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Old 09-22-2005, 03:57 PM   #3
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That just does not sound right at all. I think that now a days you just can not be too careful. If you hear anything back from them let us know.
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Old 09-22-2005, 03:59 PM   #4
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Nope - I wouldnt. Is it possible someone hacked into their computer and snatched their order files??
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Old 09-22-2005, 04:04 PM   #5
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absolutely not! and especially if you can't get them on the phone...i would strongly consider contacting the postmaster general whatsy doozie too.
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Old 09-22-2005, 04:11 PM   #6
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I did a reverse directory on their number and it wasn't a number that I could get ID on. I did a trace on the package and at last check it was in Plattsburg awaiting information from Clearing Agency. I don't care if this number is from a clearing agency, they're still not getting my information. They can return the package and send it to me by mail, or not at all. There's more yarn out there.

When I tried calling, there's no way to leave a message, either. Just a lot of ringing and a machine telling me that the party I'm calling is not available, then a disconnect.

I'll keep you posted. I didn't think I was the only one who found this unusual.

She had left a fax no. so I did send a fax stating that I was not going to reveal sensitive, personal information for a few balls of yarn and that I thought the request was in error. We'll see.
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Old 09-22-2005, 04:23 PM   #7
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hey Ingrid i just sent you a PM on this. if you want me to see what i can find i will.
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Old 09-22-2005, 04:32 PM   #8
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I sent you one back. Thanks.
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Old 09-22-2005, 05:58 PM   #9
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Does all sound a bit hinky. Please keep us posted
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