What to Do if the Social Security Administration Lists You As Dead

Considering the fact that each year the Social Security Administration lists an average of 14,000 Americans as dead who are very much alive, it’s good to know what to do if you happen to find yourself listed in the Death Master File (visible here:

The Chicago Sun-Times reported on this this week, saying, “Experts warn that the longer the error remains on file, the greater the risk of having serious problems with credit agencies, banks, or one of the many hundreds of institutions that use this record.”

The best thing to do? First, check your pulse. If you are, in fact, still alive, act promptly on this matter. Contact your Social Security office right away. Take matters into your own hands because it’s not likely that the error will be corrected on its own.

San Diego Identity Theft Resource Center Executive Director Jay Foley told The Chicago Sun-Times that it’s best not to underestimate the seriousness of this kind of error.

“How bad can it get? It can get to the point that you become homeless,” said Foley, who has worked with a woman who had to get a doctor to write a letter confirming that she was alive.

Contact the SSA at (800) 772-1213 or find the Social Security office nearest you by visiting

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If you need help with your Social Security Disability benefits, contact the Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin.

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