“What Is a Credit Privacy Number?
A credit privacy number, or CPN, is a nine-digit ID that can be used in lieu of a Social Security number for credit reporting and other financial purposes, like applying for a loan. Also called a credit profile number. A CPN does protect your SSN! It is a firewall! It can help you clean up your credit history. Getting a CPN Number (Credit Privacy Number) / SCN Number (Secondary Credit Number) does not release a person from his or her previous debts. In fact the individual remains liable for all debts incurred on credit accounts referencing a SSN OR CPN OR SCN. Obtaining this number will not replace old bad credit. That is what makes it different from any credit repair or restoration scams.
So why use a CPN instead of an SSN, anyway?
Like an SSN, each person can only have one CPN. It’s used as a unique identifier for your financial transactions and lets lenders and credit reporting agencies keep an eye on your borrowing history. However, a CPN can help you keep your finances safe and hidden from the public eye. For that reason, it’s popular among elected officials, celebrities and people in witness protection programs. As the name implies, it’s mostly used by people who need a little extra privacy. A CPN isn’t always a substitute for an SSN, though: You can’t use it for documents submitted to the IRS or an employer, registering a vehicle or applying for a government loan