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August 30, 2012

Local woman victim of Social Security fraud

By CHRIS AGEE | cagee@mineralwellsindex.com

Mineral Wells resident Karen Walker said her sister-in-law, an 82-year-old widow, was recently the target of identity theft perpetrated through the Social Security program.

In June, Walker said, the victim received a letter from the Social Security Administration which she initially thought was just a reminder. “She assumed they were just letting her know how much her check was going to be,” Walker said. “She didn’t pay any attention to it; it got thrown out, I guess.”

The letter was actually sent to inform the woman her check would be deposited into another financial institution, Walker said. She never requested the change, but someone who was able to obtain her personal information did and rerouted her monthly check.

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