Columnist David Lazarus has firsthand knowledge of dealing with an identity thief: He tracked one down and handed him over to authorities. The thief was found guilty of Social Security fraud and deported to his native Jamaica. And yet, Lazarus says, he’s left with this chilling conclusion: The thief still knows his Social Security number. Sure, we can change our number, but that’s everyone’s de facto ID number.
Columnist David Lazarus has firsthand knowledge of dealing with an identity thief: He tracked one down and handed him over to authorities. The thief was found guilty of Social Security fraud and deported to his native Jamaica. And yet, Lazarus says, he’s left with this chilling conclusion: The thief still knows his Social Security number. Sure, we can change our number, but that’s everyone’s de facto ID number. Rick Nease Detroit Free Press file illustration
Columnist David Lazarus has firsthand knowledge of dealing with an identity thief: He tracked one down and handed him over to authorities. The thief was found guilty of Social Security fraud and deported to his native Jamaica. And yet, Lazarus says, he’s left with this chilling conclusion: The thief still knows his Social Security number. Sure, we can change our number, but that’s everyone’s de facto ID number. Rick Nease Detroit Free Press file illustration

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