Diane Stafford: How job hunters can avoid identity theft

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  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 2:23 p.m.

    My daughter applied for a job at a thrift store in an ethnic enclave. The paper application required a photocopy of her driver's license.
    Before she turned it in I snooped around the store. There was a large opening in the back with two swinging doors big enough for carts and pallet jacks. Just inside the door was a desk with an in basket piled high with job applications and driver's license copies.
    I could have walked in and grabbed the identities of 30 people.
    I called the police and they weren't interested in the situation.
    Sooo...I guess it depends on the company and the situation. If it looks like a professional company, maybe. A mom and pop store, no way.

  • DVD Taylorsville, 00
    Aug. 7, 2013 5:49 a.m.

    I haven't seen anything indicating that illegal immigrants are the source of any significant percentage of ID theft.

    That red herring aside, we do have an issue in this country where human beings are regarded as prey. "I want" trumps human rights and pain and we get this and other kinds of sociopathic behavior that leads to immense harm. It occurs both at the personal level as in this story and at high corporate levels where hundreds are laid off or replaced with near-slaves in China in order to grant higher bonuses at the executive level for the fiscal year, regardless of the long term consequences to both the company and the individual people.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 12:57 p.m.

    So not only does this illegal alien still someone else's identity (S.S. number), she also uses it to get entitlements reserved for legal citizens... food stamps and medical care... and for more than a decade! All things considered, it's pretty amazing that she was sentenced to only a year and a half sentence. That doesn't serve as much of a detriment to other would-be ID thieves.

    When one considers that this situation could very well be multiplied by tens or hundreds of thousands of times in our country, the illegal alien situation is costing our country and certain individual citizen victims huge amounts of money... much more than many of their advocates are willing to admit.

    The negatives of allowing any kind of amnesty for illegal behavior, regardless of motive, still seems to outweigh any positives I've ever heard expressed in this situation. Granting it would undoubtedly serve as an additional incentive for even more illegals to do the same thing, which has already proven to lower the overall United States wage base structure and strain our welfare system. It would then only get worse. There are reasons for our immigration laws.