I forgot my cell phone in my car all day Monday so when I got out there on Tuesday morning I noticed I had missed seven calls. Once I got to work I listened to the messages. One call was from the local Social Security office, calling about Big A’s benefits. If you’ve been reading Out of Debt Again for a while, you may remember that Big A has Down Syndrome. Overall, I’ve had good experiences with Social Security over the years, so I tried to stay positive, and not imagine the worst until the office opened at 8am.
I called a few minutes after 8, dialing the extension I’d been given. The lady who answered sounded cheerful and friendly, and said she had just been thinking about me, and hoped I would return her call. She then asked, in a joking tone of voice, if we’d put Big A to work as a maid in the first quarter of 2008. She said they had earnings showing up on his social security number for over $4000 in that time period.
When I said he wasn’t working as a maid, and in fact wasn’t employed at all, she said she didn’t think so. She said she was going to mail me a identity theft packet, and among other instructions, I’d find an 800 number to call to report this. She advised me to do a credit check for Big A, and make sure they haven’t opened any other accounts under his social security number.
I’m sure the person who stole my son’s social security number just pulled a number out of the air. I hope. I really hope his social security number wasn’t stolen because someone, somewhere, didn’t dispose of his confidential information properly.
I’ll update on this situation as I learn more.