Protecting your Social Insurance Number

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(NC) Your Social Insurance Number is a confidential number used for income reporting purposes. However, some organizations ask for the number for other reasons.

Whether you’re being asked for your SIN for a new job or some other reason, remember that it can open the door to your personal information, exposing you to the risk of fraud and identity theft.

Some key steps you can take to protect yourself include:

Storing any documents containing your SIN in a safe place (don’t keep them in your wallet).
Shredding documents that contain your SIN.
Providing your SIN only when it’s legally required.
Find more tips on protecting your SIN and other privacy-related advice at


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