I have been accepted by Demand Studios as a writer; they require registration, including a Social Security number. I am not comfortable with sending this confidential information via the Internet, so I emailed them to ask about alternate ways to give it to them, but they have not responded.
Do you have any suggestions for how to handle this?
Thanks so much!
Congratulations! I’ve hear some good things about them.
I gather they want you to fill out a form on their website with your SS#. They can’t pay you unless you do gove them that information; if they don’t get it they risk trouble with this country’s IRS. My hunch is their site, or at least that page, is secure. You can often tell that it is by the padlock icon on the lower edge of the page, and/or the use of https rather than just http in the address line.
You’re wise to be cautious, but it’s my opinion you’re being over-cautious in this case. I will give that information to websites that show some sort of security and whose name I know. I also feel like there’s no way to protect that sort of information completely anyway.
I suppose you could try to reach them by phone, but then you’ll be giving the number to some unknown person who will write it down in order to get it to the right department and you’ve got no guarantees the number won’t be passed around or sold as a result. Even if you email the number broken up in two or three emails, there’s no guarantee about what will happen at the other end.
Write well and often,
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