Identity Theft…. Its not just for money

From the NY Times:

Camber Lybbert thought it was a mistake when her bank told her that her daughter’s Social Security number was on its files for two credit cards and two auto loans, with an outstanding balance of more than $25,000. Her daughter is 3 years old.

For Ms. Lybbert and her husband, Tyson, the call was the beginning of a five-month scramble trying to clear up their daughter’s credit history. As it turned out, an illegal immigrant named Jose Tinoco was using their daughter’s stolen Social Security number, not in pursuit of a financial crime, but to get a job.

“From what I’ve picked up, he wasn’t using it maliciously,” said Ms. Lybbert, who lives in Draper, Utah. “He was using it to have a job, to get a car, provide for his family. My husband’s like, ‘Don’t you feel bad, you’ve ruined this guy’s life?’ But at the same time, he’s ruined the innocence of her Social Security number because when she goes to apply for loans, she’s going to have this history.”

Of course the Times has to insert the bleeding heart liberal angle to this story. Find some way to make the perpetrator in the crime appear to be the victim.

Though most people think of identity theft as a financial crime, one of the most common forms involves illegal immigrants using fraudulent Social Security numbers to conduct their daily lives. With tacit acceptance from some employers and poor coordination among government agencies, this practice provides the backbone of some low-wage businesses and a boon to the Social Security trust fund. In the 1990’s, such mismatches accounted for around $20 billion in Social Security taxes paid.

Since the NYT Article brought up Social Security, very little has been discussed about the Senate bill on Immigration reform and its added costs to Social Security. Newly legalized immigrants would claim nearly $50 billion in federal benefits such as the earned income and child tax credits, Medicaid, and Social Security. (source)

Illegal immigrants make up nearly one of every 20 workers in America, according to estimates by the Pew Hispanic Center, and most are working under fraudulent Social Security numbers, which can be bought in any immigrant community or in Mexico.

The Social Security Administration each year receives eight million to nine million earnings reports from the Internal Revenue Service filed under names that do not match the Social Security numbers. Some are from workers whose employers botched their personnel forms or from women who recently changed their names after marriage. Others are from people using a Social Security number that is not their own.

One of the major problems employers have had is being able to efficiently verify when potential employees are working legally or illegally. The Basic Pilot program can confirm an applicants legality and also provide the efficiency that employers need. Currently, 80 percent of employee names, identification documents and Social Security numbers can be validated within a matter of seconds by the online system. If a name or Social Security number does not check out instantly, the employee is given eight days to respond. Some of these cases turn out to be clerical mistakes, the failure to report a name change, or the failure of an immigrant to report to the Social Security Administration that he or she has become a citizen. Others cases indicate that a person is an illegal worker.

The Social Security Administration is legally banned from sharing information with immigration or law enforcement agencies, or from telling the rightful owners of Social Security numbers that someone else is working under their number, said Mark Hinkle, an agency spokesman. The rightful owner of a stolen number does not get the benefits accrued under its false use.

The obvious solution here is to allow the Social Security Administration to share data with law enforcement and immigration enforcement agencies, and hold companies that hire illegals accountable.

Others Blogging this Article:

Identity Theft Secrets

Another CAII Post worth reading from InMuscatine with Revolving Door Border 

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.


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