Why shouldn't I provide my document?

It is very common, when we buy something in pharmacies, to provide our CPF to receive discounts, for example. However, the practice hides secrets.

Have you ever stopped to think about why so many pharmacies ask for your CPF when purchasing? What may seem like a simple tax practice, in fact, hides risks that all of us, consumers, must be aware of.

So, if you still don’t know why this practice isn’t very good, pay attention to the details we’ll tell you below!

Have you ever given your CPF in pharmacies after a purchase? So stop doing this now! / Photo: publicity

Why do pharmacies want your CPF?

The CPF is more than a number; it is the access key to your tax and financial identity. Pharmacies, when requesting this data, argue that it is for issuing the electronic invoice.

However, this practice can exceed the limit of tax necessity, opening the door to the collection of additional personal information, such as name, telephone number, email, and even your purchase history.

The hidden risks of passing the document in pharmacies

This data collection may seem harmless, but have you ever thought about what happens with this information?

They can be stored, used for marketing purposes, sold or, in more serious cases, leaked, exposing you to risks such as fraud and identity cloning.

What risks occur when the CPF leaks?

Having your CPF leaked can expose you to a series of significant risks. This number is the key to a wide range of personal and financial information.

With it, criminals can carry out fraud in your name, such as opening bank accounts, applying for credit, making purchases and even getting into debt.

Furthermore, a CPF leak can lead to identity cloning, complicating your tax and legal situation.

This not only brings financial inconvenience, but can also require a long process to regularize your situation, affecting your credibility before financial institutions and regulatory bodies.

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What happens if I take out active debt?

In short, active debt represents a great danger to personal finances and the financial health of any individual or company.

When taxes or obligations are not paid within the established deadlines, they are included in active debt, increasing the initial debt with the addition of fines, interest and other charges. This increase can make the debt substantially larger.

Furthermore, registration in active debt allows the creditor, usually the government, to initiate collection processes that may include seizure of assets and credit restrictions, negatively affecting the ability to carry out loans, financing or any other financial transaction.

How do I know that my CPF is in good standing?

To check the regularity of your CPF, access the Federal Revenue website (and use the "CPF Consultation" service. You will need to enter your CPF number and date of birth.

After confirming the data, the system will display the registration status of your CPF, indicating whether it is regular, pending regularization, suspended, canceled or null.

This procedure is simple, quick and can be carried out at any time, ensuring security and peace of mind regarding your tax situation.

You have choice

It’s important to know that you have rights. In places like the state of São Paulo, for example, there is legislation that prohibits pharmacies from demanding your CPF.

Remember, you can and should question the use of your CPF and choose not to provide it, protecting your privacy and security.

The practice of requesting your CPF in pharmacies, although common, brings with it a series of implications that directly affect your privacy and security.

Being aware of the risks and knowing your rights is essential to safely navigate the world of everyday purchases and transactions.

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