Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Brilliant: 6.5 Million Social Security Numbers Exist for People Over the Age of 112

Via Joe

There are more than 6.5 million Americans over the age of 112, according to the Social Security Administration. If you are wondering about the accuracy of this count, you are not alone.

After a man attempted to open bank accounts using active Social Security Numbers from both 1869 and 1893, the Office of the Inspector General decided to audit the SSA. They found that as of Oct. 2013, only 35 known individuals over the age of 112 are still living worldwide.

The SSA’s Numerical Identification System (often shortened to Numident), contains all the Social Security Numbers tracing back to 1936 when they were first being issued. Apparently the SSA just hasn’t been reading the obituaries...for the last century [emphasis added]:

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