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Ohi-D'oh! US prison hands inmates' SSNs over to... an identity thief

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This particular FOI request

needed more chokey-points.

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And what is the average credit score for a convicted fellon?

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Re: And what is the average credit score for a convicted fellon?

Not all identity theft is about applying for credit in someone's name. If you were an illegal immigrant who wanted to use someone else's social security number to get a job, you couldn't do better than a prison inmate's number - you don't have to worry about him getting a job and raising red flags when there are W2s for full time jobs in two different states.

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Whoever provided that information ..

Whoever provided that information should be sent to .. oh. Umm.

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FAIL

Why not tell them they made a mistake?

"I knew I had to turn it into the media, I actually am truly done with the criminal life. Life's too short. I could've used those Social Security numbers to open a credit card account but I didn't."

nice to see that telling the media is no 1, not telling them they sent you the wrong info!

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Re: Why not tell them they made a mistake?

Yeah, because based on this guy's past, the authorities wouldn't have made him a scapegoat and used that to sweep the whole affair under the rug.

In a completely fair world, it's reasonable to expect the accidental receiver of a leak to contact the sender before going completely public, and work out some kind of productive narrative that improves security in the future; in this case the balance of power is completely unfair.

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