New Social Security Trace Background Checks and the Lottery Style

Thu, September 8th, 2011 - 4:34 am - By Gordon Basichis

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For many years the Social Security number followed a certain pattern.  The first three numbers would indicate from which state the SSN was issued.  On in some cases, like the 700 numbers, it would indicate the job.  In the case of the 700 numbers, most were issued early on to railroad workers.

But now all that has changed.  The Social Security Number, going forward will be issued in a far more random fashion.   The Social Security Administration claims the new number will be more difficult for the nefarious to piece together from merely gleaning public information.  We shall see.

Anyway…here is notice of  the new criteria…..

On June 25th, the Social Security Administration (SSA) migrated to a randomized method of assigning SSNs. All unassigned numbers within the numeric sequence have now been placed in one random pool with the exception of the 666 series and the 900 thru 999 series. Effective June 25, the assignment of a new SSN is much like a lottery; a random number is drawn from the unassigned pool of 420 million numbers available for assignment. The long term effects of this process change will become more apparent when today’s minors (with SSNs issued after June 25, 2011), become credit active. However, this change will also impact new immigrants, who are issued Social Security numbers starting June 25, 2011.


Why did the SSA make this change?

The SSA states that this new assignment method allows it to:

  • Continue using the nine-digit SSN for many more years without exhausting its supply of numbers.
  • Further protect an individual’s SSN from identity theft, fraud or misuse by making it more difficult to reconstruct a SSN using publicly available information.


For additional details from the Social Security Administration, you can refer to the SSA details at:


What does this mean to you as a client 

Companies,who offer up–to–date information on an applicant’s past addresses and movement patterns based on name and social security number (SSN) will have to modify their methods. Corra Group will continue to provide SSN Assignment messages as follows:


  1. For SSNs not in the Random Pool (SSNs assigned prior to June 25th, 2011 from an SSN group that was completely used up prior to June 25th), we will continue to return the Year and State of Issue.


  1. For SSNs assigned after June 25, 2011 (or from an SSN Group that was not fully assigned by June 25th, 2011), we will generate an “Unable to Assess Year and State of Issue” message. While currently there is no automated commercially available solution to determine Year and State of Issue for these Random Pool SSNS
If there are any changes or modifications, we will be sure to let you know.

Dating Site to Conduct Background Checks

Wed, September 7th, 2011 - 4:33 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Having been burned by an embarrassing and disturbing  sexual assault incident, has agreed to conduct background checks on its members.   According to the article in the Daily Pilot a woman was raped on her second date with a partner.  As it turns out, the assailant had six prior sexual assault convictions.   So much for meeting the man of your dreams.

Most online dating sites promise to some extent that you will meet your soul mate.  They boast of special filtering systems so that one prospect will be accurately matched with another, according to mutual tastes and behavior.  So with the promise of the perfect romance, even marriage, as the lure, it is difficult for a dating site to require background checks, just in case Mr. Perfect is an ax murder or, as in this case, a convicted sex offender.   How one filters out gold diggers may be another story.

In this economy, there are the usual gold digging predators, looking to con the unsuspecting, the overly romantic, the terminally naive and gullible out of their money.  And then there are the sexual predators.   They know how to work the Internet and the dating sites.  They are good at pushing buttons on the unsuspecting.   After all, people are on dating sites with high hopes and the desire to escape the lonely nights and find a decent relationship.  This is a natural impulse and it’s a shame that some, more than a few, want  to take advantage of the hopefuls that are out there.

But then life is what it is and in this poor economy and with the sensibility being what it is, the truly romantic are perceived as fair game by far too many.  At least is taking steps to help prevent such a terrible incident from happening again.

Corra Group Closed for Labor Day Holiday

Mon, September 5th, 2011 - 2:40 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Corra Group will be closed for Labor Day.  As all the courts will also be closed, and just about everyone else in this world, we will once again be able to facilitate background checks for employment screening at our regular hours, Tuesday, 8:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Pacific Time.

Corra Group wants to wish everyone a very happy Labor Day weekend.  Be safe.  Enjoy. And by all means, don’t overcook y our barbecue.

Washington D.C. National Archives Center is Closed Due to Earthquake Damage

Fri, September 2nd, 2011 - 4:47 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Fopr those conducting county criminal records searches as part of their background checks for employment screening please take note that earthquake damage in the Washington D.C.  has caused the National Archives Record Center will be closed until further notice.

Please see…


Washington, DC-area courts have announced that due to last week’s earthquake, the National Archives will be closed until further notice. The National Archives Website reports that the Washington National Records Center in Suitland, MD will be closed on August 30 and 31. Court clerks are accepting archive requests but they are not providing estimates of when the records will be returned.

Click for more on the quake damage at the National Archives in the Washington Post.

Click here for National Archives Center operating status updates.


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