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re: [NOISE] Chi Sun Times SS# Sweepstakes

"Lynne L. Harrison" <[email protected]>:
>  There may be *an ulterior motive* of getting the person's ssn, i.e., for
>the purpose of the newspaper (and the winner) reporting winnings to IRS.  In
>addition, the newspaper may also feel that, in selecting a 10-digit number,
>it probably will not repeat such as someone's birthdate.  Personally, I lean
>towards the former.

Why not just make giving up your SS# a condition of receiving
the prize *if* you are a winner like lotteries do?  I think the real 
reason is they need a unique number and are lazy and uncreative about 
generating one from the info people send in.

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