North Carolina woman stole Social Security numbers to qualify for work

September 10, 2012

To be eligible for work, a Thomasville, North Carolina, woman is accused of using the Social Security numbers of two deceased women, reports My Fox 8.

After claiming the Social Security numbers as her own, the 32 year old woman was able to work for over four years. Though temporary agencies, she has worked at various manufacturing plants across Davidson County from February 6, 2007, until September 28, 2011.

Social Security Administration (SSA) began investigating this particular complaint regarding identity theft on August 30, 2012. The SSA notified one of her employers, and the employer then notified the local authorities.

After that, the woman was arrested and jailed under a $50,000 bond. She is charged with three counts of identity theft.

Identity theft occurs so frequently that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) cites it as “America’s fastest growing crime problem.”  Thieves steal and fraudulently use the Social Security numbers of some 10 million Americans each year, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Learning about how thieves get your personal information is the first step toward protecting yourself from this devastating attack on your financial well-being.

With identity theft becoming more and more common, our next blog on Wednesday will give you tips on how to keep your identity safe.

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