I don't quite understand why Dish wants your Social Security Number, with all these horror stories of identity theft I wouldn't feel comfortable with it. So, why do they want it? Is it they want to perform a credit check on the person? What if, the person chooses to pay in advance for a year of service? Its not much of an issue giving it to EchoStar directly, but giving it to a third party (dealer) sounds awfully bad.