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Use an old Bartender trick to spot Fraud


I wanted to wish everyone a Happy T-day and also share a quick tip as we enter the rush to get transactions closed before year end. You are probably wondering from the title how can a bartender spot fraud and how this can help you prevent fraud? This could also be an interesting conversation starter at the Thanksgiving table (albeit a bit awkward if you asked your daughters new boyfriend)

In the old days most driver’s license numbers were also the person’s social security number (fortunately the DMVs have figured out with all the identity theft that this is a bad idea). Based on the first three numbers of a person’s SS you can determine allot about a person.

What information can you learn without even pulling a credit report?

How did a bartender use this information to screen patrons?

The first 3 numbers prior to 2011 signifies where a person was born and their SS number was issued. In the old days bouncers could pretty readily spot fake ids (before the google age and everyone had this information) by looking at the license and asking where the person was from, for example if the person said they were from Vermont, but the first three letters were 253, it was clear the person was lying (253 was issued to residents born in Georgia).

What does this have to do with real estate? When I meet a borrower, one of the questions I always ask is where they are from (fortunately all our borrowers were born well before 2011). For many mortgage brokers, this information is especially useful since the first three numbers can tell you quickly if the borrower is legitimate before a credit report is even pulled.

Below is a list from the SS administration of all the prefixes and the associated states. This is just one way to fight identity theft/fraud. Here is a link to another site to look at if you have the full SS and want to see if it is valid:

Written by: Glen Weinberg: COO/Partner Fairview Commercial Lending

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New Hampshire001-003Louisiana433-439 & 659-665
Vermont008-009Texas449-467 & 627-647
Rhode Island035-039Iowa478-485
New York050-134North Dakota501-502
New Jersey135-158South Dakota503-504
Virginia223-231 & 691-699Idaho518-519
West Virginia – North Carolina232Wyoming520
West Virginia233-236Colorado521-524 & 650-653
North Carolina237-246 & 681-690New Mexico525 & 585 & 648-649
South Carolina247-251 & 654-658Arizona526-527 & 600-601 & 764-765
Georgia252-260 & 667-675Utah528-529
Florida261-267 & 589-595 & 765-772Nevada530 & 680
Illinois318-361California545-573 & 602-626
Wisconsin387-399Hawaii575-576 & 750-751
Kentucky400-407District of Columbia577-579
Tennessee408-415 & 756-763Virgin Islands580
Alabama416-424Guam, American Samoa & Philippines586
Mississippi425-428 & 587-588 & 752-755Puerto Rico596-599
Arkansas429-432 & 676-679
Enumeration of Entery729-733



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