When social security is stolen, it’s the thieves who should pay
The Social Security Administration says that in the first nine months of this year, 5.6 million Americans used Social Security numbers to file for unemployment benefits, according to the Department of Labor.
That’s the highest number of people who have been using a Social Security number since the program was created in 1935.
The agency also says the number of fraudulent filings jumped by almost 8,000 people in the past three months.
The number of Social Security claims filed with the IRS in that same period jumped by 5.3 million people, or nearly 7 percent, to 6.2 million.