Senators Introduce AARP-Backed Bill Supporting Victims of Identity Theft
By Andrew Soergel, April 19, 2022 12:24 PM
The bipartisan bill would streamline assistance to victims of identity theft, giving them a single point of contact in the Social Security Administration until their issues are resolved — rather than forcing them to bounce between different parts of the agency.
The Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act was most recently introduced by Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) on Feb. 17 but has been around Capitol Hill for years. We first endorsed it back in 2019.
“Identity theft and fraud are at an all-time high in the United States, and the range of fraud that can be committed with a stolen Social Security number is truly staggering,” Bill Sweeney, senior vice president of government affairs at AARP, said in a recent letter to lawmakers. “Streamlining and improving the assistance that the Social Security Administration provides to victims of these crimes will be welcomed by those who are caught in an often overwhelming situation.”
Read our letter to senators backing the bill.
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