"I'm sorry" I say. "I don't have the number memorized. Is there some other way to verify my identity?" Hence, a new topic of conversation takes precedence. Considering that it's probably 101% of the companies doing business out here that require ID verification in this manner, and regardless whether somebody may or may not have one of those SS numbers, it seems that their whole system goes down upon learning of such news. I'm not one to suggest that I may be jeopardizing my identity upon disclosing the last few digits of an SS number, but one would think that laws protecting Californian's rights2 would have some impact on organizations privy to exploiting people3 in this manner.