During this time of the year of tax season, many crooks are manipulating anyone who may not be aware of Credit Privacy Numbers, or CPNs,
Jo Ann Deal of Monroe’s Butter Business Bureau joins us every Monday to provide the latest information on how to protect personal information from scammers.
The topic of discussion on Monday morning was the numbers on credit privacy. CPNs are a nine-digit number that looks like a Social Security number. Companies that sell CPNs market them as a replacement for SSNs, promoting the idea that CPNs are legitimate.
Deal says these companies are scammers who market CPNs as a way to hide bad credit or bankruptcy. If the CPN is used for any credit processing or for filing taxes, it may lead to prosecution. Anyone who uses CPN is responsible, and scammers usually get away with it without penalty.
To avoid being a victim, do not buy ANC.
Some places that sell them can actually be found on social media sites.
On Facebook, CPN scammers send messages to potential victims using the Messenger app. Deal also advises avoiding people who advertise tax preparation on the street or on social media.
It is best to select a trusted declaration practitioner who will protect your information. For more information, visit
or call 318-387-4600 to learn more.