That was obtained free and completely legally and in about 10 seconds from the Social Security Death Index. Anybody who is deceased and who has ever drawn Social Security benefits on their own or another person’s account or whose benefits were drawn by somebody other than themself is on there. Liz’s buddy Michael Jackson’s SSN was 303-62-5728- it’s on there because his kids draw SS on his account. If I died today I would be on there because I drew SS after my father died when I was a teenager. If you’d like to search it for the names of anybody from celebrities to relatives to random strangers knock yourself out-
My reason for posting is because I’m not up to a BBQ PIT thread but I’m frustrated over the existence fo the SSDI and the stupidity of Alabama politicians. In an age of major identity theft and high-tech fraud the Social Security Numbers as well as the addresses and other identifying info are just- there- completely free and available for anybody to get to and completely legal. When you think of how complicated an estate Michael Jackson and or Elizabeth Taylor left there’s any number of conceivable ways that having their SSN- just weeks after their death- could cause havoc in the hands of the unscrupulous.
My irritation though is with politicians. I’ve written my legislators and my Congressmen and a U.S. senator trying to get this taken down or at least put a, say, 5 year gag on SSNs. Really I’m not sure why a person who’s not an heir to the estate or otherwise legally involved with it would ever need to know a decedent’s social security number- a biographer of Liz Taylor couldn’t exactly make it fascinating- but I can think of things that people with NO business could do with it if legal issues weren’t really a dealbreaker. At the same time it would be a nice way for a politician to get their name in the press and do something good by saying “This is a legal invasion of privacy loophole and I won’t stand for it cluttering up our internets”, wouldn’t you think?
But what I get back, and I got one today, is a form letter saying- paraphrased but essentially- “Thank you for your concern about whatever the hell it was, identity theft is bad, vote for me in 2012, I love families and freedom”. They don’t seem to take the least bit of interest or even understand what I’m talking about. Perhaps if I were to include the SSNs of their dead parents they’d notice but that would seem a bit stalkery.
Anyway, mundane, pointless, shared.