If you’ve ever been the victim of identity theft, it stinks. Getting your identity back costs time and money. And it gives you a huge headache.
Well, the IRS found out that illegal immigrants stole 1 million Social Security numbers. And here’s the kicker: The tax agency never told the victims of the identity theft!
This story is so insane, you’d think that it isn’t true, but it is! From the Washington Times:
The IRS has discovered more than 1 million Americans whose Social Security numbers were stolen by illegal immigrants, but officials never bothered to tell the taxpayers themselves, the agency’s inspector general said in a withering new report released Tuesday.
Investigators first alerted the IRS to the problem five years ago, but it’s still not fixed, the inspector general said, and a pilot program meant to test a solution was canceled — and fell woefully short anyway.
As a result, most taxpayers don’t learn that their identities have been stolen and their Social Security files may be screwed up.
That’s nice, huh? Taxpayers have to wait until they find out there’s a problem before the IRS says anything! This is outrageous and the agency’s excuse is: “We don’t deal with immigration. We collect taxes.”
I say: Bull!
This is such nonsense. The IRS is a law enforcement agency. If somebody is committing fraud by using a phony Social Security number, they have an obligation to put a stop to it!
If this is something that makes you as livid as I am, share it with your friends and family! People should check their credit reports to make sure they don’t have a surprise waiting for them!
H/T: Washington Times