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Q: How to validate validity of SSN is such scenario?

A party to lawsuit presents someone's SSN instead of SSN of real person, in order to cover up for fraud. Most likely SSN of a deceased person. How to validate validity of SSN is such scenario?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Validating the authenticity of a Social Security Number (SSN) in a legal context, especially when fraud is suspected, can be a complex process. Here are some steps that can be taken to verify the validity of an SSN:

1. Check the SSN format: Ensure that the SSN follows the correct format of three digits, a dash, two digits, a dash, and then four digits (XXX-XX-XXXX).

2. Verify the SSN with the Social Security Administration (SSA): The SSA can verify if the SSN is valid and belongs to the person in question. This may require a court order or subpoena.

3. Check the SSN against the Social Security Death Index (SSDI): If the SSN belongs to a deceased person, it should appear in the SSDI. This can help identify cases of SSN fraud involving the use of a deceased person's SSN.

4. Investigate the individual's background: Conduct a thorough background check on the individual associated with the SSN. Look for inconsistencies or red flags in their history that may suggest identity fraud.

5. Consult with a forensic accountant or fraud examiner: These professionals can assist in uncovering financial fraud and tracing the misuse of SSNs.

6. Engage a private investigator: A licensed private investigator can help gather additional information and evidence related to the suspected SSN fraud.

7. Report suspected fraud to relevant authorities: If fraud is suspected, it should be reported to the appropriate authorities, such as the SSA's Office of the Inspector General, the Federal Trade Commission, or local law enforcement.

It's important to note that the process of validating an SSN in a legal context may require the involvement of legal professionals and law enforcement agencies. Gathering evidence and building a case to prove SSN fraud can be a complex and time-consuming process.

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