One of the more cold-water-in-your-face ways you may learn of identity theft is being told that you are already receiving a benefit to which you’ve just become entitled, or hearing that you have obligations to support a spouse or child you don’t have. Here is how to handle some situations that are, sadly, a new trend for identity-theft victims.
Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Disability
What if you are eligible to apply for Social Security benefits only to have been told that you are already receiving them? You contact the Social Security Administration fraud hotline, mentioned earlier in this chapter, and request the details of what benefits were being paid to your impersonator and to where payments were ...