A few days ago KUTV (Channel2) reported on the now familiar ‘list’ of supposed illegal immigrants*. KUTV found out that the social security numbers used to obtain tax-funded benefits, most were either stolen or fraudulent. Additionally, the report found that “…there seem to be literally thousands of invalid numbers here at Workforce Services…”
That finding should come as no surprise. It was just a few years ago that Workforce Services estimated that around 20,000 Utahn’s had compromised social security numbers. Keep in mind – that figure only reflects those Workforce Services deals with. The general population number is going to be higher than their estimate. Note: as I recall, they sent out a few hundred letters to victims but were, thereafter, prevented by the federal government from informing all the other victims they had identified.
Right now, it looks like the government (State and Federal) will go after the lists leakers but may give the identity thieves and document fraud perpetrators a pass. That also implies the the victims (often children) of the identity theft will also not be informed that their numbers have been compromised.
I guess you could say we’ve come full circle.
*Disclaimer: I do not endorse the action of the list leakers. There’s a right way and a wrong way to draw attention to a legitimate problem. Unfortunately, despite what may have been good intentions, individuals chose the wrong way to do so – you can’t do the right thing the wrong way. Whistleblowers be warned: get your ducks in a row before ‘blowing the whistle’.