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The nine digits that govern so much of Americans' identities are supposed to be ours for life — and only ours. But mine ended up linked to a Micronesian man who defaulted on a disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
I didn't find out until March, in a letter from a debt collector threatening to garnish my wages if I didn't pay $7,306 in two days. The same could happen to an unknown number of others, because of a processing glitch that the U.S. Social Security Administration didn't even know existed and the federal government hasn't fixed.
Originally posted by abecedarian
Numbers were not generated dynamically but rather blocks of numbers were allocated to local SSA offices which then distributed the numbers they held as they were needed. As some sort of proof, my wife (who is 2 years my younger) has an SSN numerically higher than mine.