Social Security Verification

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Dec 22, 2008 by Confero Inc.

As we approach the holiday season, we are busily preparing for next year. As you know, we are implementing exciting new tools in Confero COMPASS. We have been working to verify shopper Social Security numbers or Tax ID numbers and have been working hard to alleviate any problems that we have encountered along the way. Shoppers can check the status of their Social Security numbers or Tax ID numbers in their profiles. We have also been notifying shoppers if their Social Security numbers or Tax ID numbers have been declared invalid by the IRS, which means that the number is not matching your legal name. In most cases, your account name with us is listed as first and last name and your legal name is first, middle and last. For example, your account name could be John Doe, but your legal name is John Patrick Doe, so you would need to check the box that indicates that your legal name is different than your account name and enter your legal name in the box provided. Unfortunately, until the IRS indicates there is a match between the name and number submitted, we cannot issue payment.. Please note that it may take 24-96 hours for the IRS to verify the numbers. Also, for shoppers who do not wish to enter their Social Security Numbers but wish to continue shopping, a Tax ID number can be provided by the IRS and used. Please remember to indicate the name associated with this number if you decide to use a Tax ID number. To obtain a Tax ID number, contact the IRS and request a number for your mystery shopping contract business. This is a simple process that can be completed by visiting the website: and clicking on Employer ID numbers, or by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-4933. You may also print a W-9 form, fill it out and mail it to us at Supplier Verification, Confero Inc., 535 keisler Dr Suite 204, Cary, NC 27518. When we receive the document, we will enter it onto the system for you. To obtain a W-9 form, please visit Please understand that the delay for this service is about 14 working days to allow us time to enter the information for you. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this necessary transition. We hope you and your families have wonderful holiday seasons!


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