NR asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 10 years ago

Using a fictitious social security number in work of fiction?

I know that telephone numbers are often given the "555" area code. Is there any standard way of including a fictitious social security number in a work of fiction? My novel involves a scene where the antagonist finds USMC dog tags, which include SSN, and I wanted to include all the information normally found on dog tags.

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  • 10 years ago
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    Yay for Professor Wikipedia! From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_security_numbe... -

    "Numbers from 987-65-4320 to 987-65-4329 are reserved for use in advertisements."

    I guess that covers fiction too. But do you actually need to show the SSN? What use does it have? Putting it in suggests that it's important, and you expect the reader to remember it. Even if it is important, you could just refer to, say, "Captain Smith's SSN", without saying what the digits are.

  • Karen
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    5 years ago

    I'd press charges too. People that get away with it once will do it again. Especially if she still remembers his social after all those years. I used to remember my ex's social but after we split it I had no use for it & it was blocked out of my memory. I say get a confession either recorded or written & take her to court for it. You really don't know if there is something else she used it for that is still pending. Prosecute her now!!

  • 3 years ago

    Social Security Disability Information : http://DisabilityHelp.siopu.com/?BaW

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