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Old 09-22-2005, 06:54 PM   #11
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The package has been sitting in Plattsburgh since yesterday morning, so I emailed UPS to see what the situation was. I won't under any circumstances give out my SSN--that's ridiculous--I'm not receiving hazardous materials or firearms--so I should supposedly hear in 24 hours.
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Old 09-22-2005, 08:06 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by rebecca
Does all sound a bit hinky.
OOH! I LIKE that word!!!! Im gonna use it sometime!
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Old 09-22-2005, 08:21 PM   #13
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mmhmmm....but that is the second time i have had to do a double take when i saw it.... :rollseyes:
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Old 09-23-2005, 05:44 PM   #14
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I heard from UPS. Apparently, according to them, US Customs has a new policy that every recipient of a shipment coming into the US must provide proof of residency via SSN or Tax ID # for a business. It is part of the terrorist prevention stuff. She told me that someone had to provide their info to receive a pair of socks worth 47 cents.

I went up the chain of command, and she sent me an email from UPS to verify that I was talking to UPS.

Some countries of origin and types of products require even more proof.

So, welcome to 2005!

So I gave it to her. What the heck. If someone wants my identity, they can have it. I'm certainly tired of it!
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Old 09-23-2005, 05:58 PM   #15
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Well, there's something to be said about homeland security. I don't know exactly what it is, but it's something. :rollseyes:
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Old 09-23-2005, 06:01 PM   #16
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Yeah, you can never tell just how many people I can tie up with mauve superwash!

I went and checked on the tracking of the package and there was a change in status right after I spoke to the woman, so there's one more reassurance that it's legit.
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hrmm...considering i have had two packages of pointy metal sticks with cords attached to them come in from Hong Kong recently, i would have thought i would have had to give up some info too...but then again it came in through USPS so maybe it is just other carriers.... :thinking: in theory it makes sense but they should have a better means for judging that than the SSN.
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Originally Posted by KellyK
Originally Posted by rebecca
Does all sound a bit hinky.
OOH! I LIKE that word!!!! Im gonna use it sometime!
Hey that word was in The Fugitive w/ Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. "Sam Gerard" didn't like the word; he took the steps b/c he didn't want his coworkers "usin' words that got no meaning".
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Do you know if this company sells yarn wholesale? If it does, there might be a much simpler answer here. If you have a tax id number, you can use your SSN instead of giving the number...when you have a small business, it's attached to your SSN.
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I don't have a tax id number. And according to this woman that I spoke to, it doesn't matter who is selling it to you, it's who's receiving it that's important under this policy.

If I order out of country again, I'm going to pick USPS every time, rather than deal with UPS. It's not a UPS policy, it's a Customs policy, but I imagine the USPS has more access to info so I don't have to do this each time.

If anyone else runs into this, please share!
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