Beshear, Attorneys General Call on Federal Government to Safeguard Against Synthetic Identify Theft

Attorney General Andy Beshear is asking a federal agency to swiftly implement a recently passed federal law that will better protect the Social Security numbers of Kentuckians, including those of children and seniors. Beshear and a coalition of attorneys general are asking the Social Security Administration to develop and facilitate an identity verification database for certified financial institutions to use in real time to verify a person’s identity during a credit transaction. Beshear said such a database would protect Kentuckians from synthetic identity theft, which occurs when con artists combine a valid Social Security number with fake information to create a new and different identity.

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