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Paging Identity Thieves

A couple weeks ago, H & R Block mailed me an unsolicited free copy of their TaxCut software. Included amid a string of 40 characters on the mailing label is my Social Security number. Nice.

Not to worry, however. In a subsequent apology letter, the company says that notwithstanding the fact that the SSN is the only such numerical block in the string, I'm the only person who would recognize it. And that I'm the only one who would be exposed to it. After all, no one ever sees items traveling through the mail, right?

Thanks, H & R Block.