Occasionally we run across a story in which the government lists someone as dead when they are not. It’s a nightmare for an individual who is suddenly thrust into a battle with a massive bureaucracy. And it happens more than you think- about 12,000 people a year are incorrectly listed as dead in the US alone! When the Social Security administration thinks you are deceased, everyone else does, too, including the DMV, your bank, your credit card company, etc. etc. Trying to prove you’re alive by showing up in person doesn’t cut it, because you could be an identity thief. Who are they going to believe, you or government documents? Half as Interesting explains the problem, but the “solution” is really just a punch line. -via Digg
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