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This is a very weird question, but I've been all over AllExperts and can't find anyone else who comes close to possibly answering it:
I'm working on a short story about a law student searching for her missing older sister. The idea is that she searches for activity on her sister's SSN#. I would like to know if that is realistic, if there is such a database and if not, what believable scenario could I use to replace it.

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William,

The answer is believable and true.  Have your protagonist hire a private investigation firm to check on her sister's SSN#.  Most have paid access to databases for legitimate purposes and your protagonist can obtain the information by merely retaining services and paying a fee.

Respectfully,

Jeff

Jeffrey Hauck, JD, CPO, CII
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Jeffrey Hauck

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I would welcome the opportunity to answer questions about the business operations, duties, and ethics of the modern professional private detective/private investigator.

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Criminologist. Professor of Criminal Justice. Licensed Private Detective with expansive clientele base encompassing hundreds of cases. Donates resources and time to the Children's Rescue Network in Orlando, FL.

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Associate of Science; Bachelor of Arts; Master of Science, Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree.

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