Social Security

Feds Peddling Dead People's Social Security Numbers

Make up your fake identities while you can

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When you think of identity theft, chances are you don't think your government is part of the problem.

But it is and thieves know it and exploit it.

This week a Massachusetts congressman will file legislation that will help stop the government from giving away personal information.

"We will close that loop hole. We will absolutely make it unavailable to the general public," Congressman Mike Capuano told WBZ-TV.

He is talking about dead people's Social Security numbers.

Right now, believe it or not, they are for sale for as little as $10 on a U.S. government web site. It is known as the Death Master File or DMF.  The original idea was this site would help cut down on identity theft.