“If you did have these documents, you’d probably already have the Social Security number,” Salmons said.
But she said what’s even more troubling about the services the website claims to offer is that all the information a user needs can be found in an obituary.
She said that puts families at higher risk.
“Their credit may just be sitting in pristine condition, and if a scammer gets a hold of it and they use it, they use it for perhaps quite a while before it is detected,” said Salmons.
When Manzoni called the number on the website, it went straight to an answering machine.
“Anyone who’s using this type of service to purchase a Social Security number—their motivations should really be questioned,” said Salmons.
The BBB of Central Florida said its Delaware office is working on the investigation and will challenge the website’s business claims.
The office received two complaints in the past about the site, but closed those cases without a resolution.