A Phoenix business was raided by police this week and four employees were arrested on suspicion of identity theft.
After raiding Allied Tube & Conduit in West Phoenix, police found that these employees were using fake identification because they were not legal U.S. citizens. Police received a tip about the workers through a hot line.
This is just the latest incident of illegal workers using stolen identification. According to the Social Security Administration, an estimated 75 percent of illegal aliens use fraudulently obtained Social Security numbers to pay payroll taxes. There are laws in the works to better protect U.S. citizens. However, it’s important that you take precautions of your own.
Be careful who you give your Social Security number to. Whenever possible, ask if you can use an alternate form of identification. In addition, check your credit reports and Social Security statements regularly. If anything looks suspicious, investigate it immediately.
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