Woman Left Unable to Access Accounts after Social Security Administration Says She’s Dead

An Ohio woman has been left unable to access any credit cards or bank accounts after the Social Security Administration declared her dead.

Irina Chamberlain says that officials declared her dead in early December. She called the Social Security Office, where she says she was then put on hold for an hour. Now, she is faced with trying to prove that she is still alive, a process that could take months.

Meanwhile, Chamberlain is unable to make deposits or withdrawals, and has no access to any credit cards. About 2.8 million deaths are reported to the Social Security Administration each year, but an administration spokesperson said less than a third of a percent are corrected.

Source: Woman declared dead: I’m still alive

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