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by Mike Masnick




What Do You Do When 80 Other People Are Using Your Social Security Number?

from the good-luck dept

With so many data leaks these days, whatever little belief you had that your social security number was private should now be completely shattered. It's a joke that anyone still uses SSNs for any form of identification -- and yet it's still considered the standard. Perhaps a few more cases like the following one will help rectify that. A woman who had not worked in a few years was surprised recently to receive a note from the IRS about taxes she owed. As she tried to get to the bottom of the situation, she discovered that her social security number was being used by at least 80 individuals around the country to help them get jobs. What happened after that demonstrates just how screwed up the system is. While she continued to run into various problems due to others using her SSN (including being held at customs because someone using her SSN was wanted for a felony and having trouble getting a new job), the IRS basically told her that she was going to face the same set of problems every year, and there was basically nothing she could do about it (other than get a new SSN, which she eventually did). In the meantime, can someone explain why Social Security Numbers are still being used for identification at all?

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    Andrew Strasser, 19 Jun 2006 @ 9:04am

    This happened to my step-dad.

    It actually caused a bit of a snafu when he went to get his hazmat hauling liscense from the Homeland Security dept. Someone named Tudulo Vargas was using his information in Ft. Wayne, IN. They gave all information to the mexican policeman who was dispatched to take care of the issue including the restaurant name and it's hours of busness that he was there. Nothing was done about the guy, though he did wind up getting his hazmat certification from homeland security.

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