Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Synthetic identity theft?

Here's an interesting story posted over at MSNBC's Red Tape. I find it interesting for two reasons: first, I never knew such identity theft was possible (stealing only a SSN & nothing else), and, second, the story features the wife of a Coast Guard captain. Yes, it can happen to any of us.
For years, Margaret Harrison believed she had an impostor.  There were signs her Social Security number was living a double life.  Four years ago, an unemployment office in West Virginia almost denied her claim, saying she already had a job at a horse farm in Chelan, Wash.  Three years ago, a teller at Bank of America looked up her account number by her Social Security number and then asked, "Is your name Pablo?"
Check out the story...

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