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Support of the H.R. 5320, the Social Security Must Avert Identity Loss Act of 2016

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June 30, 2016

The Honorable Sam Johnson
Chairman, Social Security Subcommittee
House Committee on Ways and Means
2304 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Jim Renacci
16th District, Ohio
328 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Johnson and Congressman Renacci,
On behalf of the 1.3 million members of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, I am writing in strong support of the H.R. 5320, the Social Security Must Avert Identity Loss Act of 2016, or the Social Security MAIL Act of 2016. This important piece of legislation seeks to protect Social Security beneficiaries from runaway identity theft that has become all-too-common for senior citizens. As identity theft becomes more and more rampant across the country, this timely bill offers a smart, sensible solution to a problem millions of seniors face annually.

Last year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) sent 352 million notices by mail—including 233 million notices containing an individual’s full Social Security number. With such massive amounts of mail being delivered with unnecessary and identity-compromising information, there are several opportunities for criminals to steal an individual’s identity. In fact, in 2014, it is estimated that roughly 7% of the population over the age of 16 were victims of identity theft. As the world gets smaller, and as more criminals see opportunities to steal identities in any way they can, H.R. 5320 offers a commonsense solution to Social Security beneficiaries who are unknowingly being put at risk by the unnecessary use of their Social Security number.

The Social Security MAIL Act of 2016 is as simple as it is smart. The bill mandates that the SSA ensure no piece of mail being sent to an individual includes that individual’s complete Social Security account number—unless it is absolutely necessary. As rates of identity theft continue to go up, Congress must take action to prevent making identity theft easier for opportunistic criminals. A bill like H.R. 5320 is long overdue, and we encourage House leadership to act on behalf of Social Security beneficiaries and take swift action to enact this bill.

As an organization committed to representing the interests of mature Americans and seniors, AMAC is dedicated to ensuring senior citizens’ interests are protected. We applaud Chairman Johnson, Congressman Renacci, and your attentive staffs for your thoughtful and practical solution to protect seniors from identity theft. AMAC is pleased to offer our organization’s full support to the Social Security MAIL Act of 2016.

Sincerely,

Dan Weber
President and Founder of AMAC

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Sandra

I am shocked that our Social Security Administration has so little regard for our privacy. Our government seems to have no accountability in any department any more. They might as well just say. “Here are our citizens; do anything you want to them so you can destroy them.” Our government is supposed to protect us – not expose us to our enemies, whether in the United States, or elsewhere.

J.D. Francis

I suggest that A.M.A.C. encourage every member to send this or a similar letter to their senators and congress-critters, so congress can see the wide support this has.

Jeff

Thank you so much for forming AMAC in order to represent the deplorables. I do hope millions more will join and that God will give you wisdom which is definitely missing in Washington.

Robert Merrick

To make Identity Theft even worse, auto dealers in Maryland insist on making photocopies of your drivers license when you purchase a car. This happens primarily at foreign car dealers so it appears the foreign car dealers are collecting this private information for identity theft purposes like giving your license information to illegal aliens and terrorists to enter the US and to steal your voting rights. Maryland auto dealers are also copying your license so they can check your credit score even if you are not using their financing. Maryland’s government isn’t protecting citizens by permitting auto dealers to force citizens to have licenses copied. Two things you can do are: don’t buy from a dealer that tries to copy for drivers license; and, vote to replace ALL the Maryland politicians in the next election for their failure to protect citizen identity and privacy.