Illegal Immigrants Use Social Security Numbers for Employment

An MSNBC article chronicles the plight of one man who found out his name and Social Security Number were being used fraudulently “when he was arrested on a warrant for unpaid traffic tickets at the border after a visit to relatives in Mexico.”

While we often hear about identity theft perpetrated as a way to conduct financial-related fraud, it is much more chilling and important to detect use of your Social Security Number.

The article also points out that “The most common start to identity theft is for the perpetrator get hold of someone’s Social Security number, which is part of the system used to record people’s earnings for federal retirement benefits.”

Update: In “It’s Easy to Buy an Identity” Chicago Public Radio reinforces the threat of this form of identity theft.

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