Friday, December 14, 2007

 

The Myth of Identity Theft

The Instapundit links to this story about a couple who are being hounded by the IRS for taxes owed by an illegal alien who used their social security number to get a job.

I find the very idea that someone can steal your identity to be ridiculous. People steal things from businesses (and other people, or in this case the IRS) and the party who has been robbed tries to pass the burden on to someone else.

If a man holding a gun walks into a bank with a ski mask on and demands money in the name of John Doe does that make John Doe liable? The real Mr. Doe may have some questions to answer but the burden of proof does not lie with him. The bank was robbed, not John Doe. Unfortunately the system does not seem to work that way.

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