I'm an artist, and I got a message through my website the other day asking if I could create a vector version of an illustration for an ad campaign. After a brief negotiation for payment, I accepted the job and finished it.
One of the people I'd been in touch with for this job asked me to sign an NDA and send over my SS number for payroll processing. Since I don't have a registered business (with an ID number to use instead) I have to use my SS, so I sent it over. I did a bit of research on the company this person represents before sending over this information, and it seems legit. Moreover, this contact's email address comes from the same domain as the company's site, so things seem nominally okay there.
Now though, the same person is asking for my DoB, which I don't believe is something I've ever had to supply for other contract jobs I've done. I'm getting concerned about being scammed, and questioning sending out my SS number now.
Does this seem legit/scammy to anyone else? I really don't know what to do.
I've considered just putting a freeze on my credit and then sending over the information, and seeing what happens. I really don't want to have to go through an identity theft thing - but to me, it seems like the DoB isn't as important as the SS number, so I'm just not sure if it even matters at this point.
Is it normal, in any circumstance, for someone to need a SS and DoB for payment processing with a contract job?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!