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Tennessee Attorney General, other states call for database to combat identity theft

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III is among 43 states and Washington, D.C. calling for the Social Security Administration to move faster in identifying identity fraud.

Slatery and the other Attorneys General are asking the SSA to develop a database which will allow financial institutions to verify a consumer's information in real-time. Currently, financial institutions cannot check in real-time, opening a window for thieves using real social security numbers with fake names and birthdates.

In a joint letter to the SSA, the Attorneys General state “We ask you to evaluate and make necessary modifications to the Social Security Administration database and systems to comply promptly with this new provision of federal law. As enforcers of the data breach laws in our jurisdictions, we see the impact that exposure of Social Security Numbers can have. Our residents lose thousands of dollars a year and suffer from ruined credit scores, as well as a general sense of anxiety regarding their identity."

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