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The most misused Social Security number of all time was 078-05-1120.7

In 1938, as part of a promotion to sell wallets through Woolworth and other department stores, wallet manufacturer H. Ferree Company wanted to demonstrate how a Social Security card would fit into its wallets. A sample card was placed inside each wallet and displayed the Social Security number of the company’s secretary, Mrs. Hilda Schrader Whitcher. Even though the sample card was half of the size of an actual Social Security card, was written in red, and had “Specimen” written in bold, over 40,000 people reported 078-05-1120 as their own social security number on tax returns.


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6HIT-1 – Tennessee Income Tax on Interest and Dividend Income, Tenn. Dep’t of Rev., https://revenue.support.tn.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360057352952-HIT-1-Tennessee-Income-Tax-on-Interest-and-Dividend-Income

7Social Security Cards Issued by Woolworth, Soc. Sec. Admin., https://www.ssa.gov/history/ssn/misused.html.