Say what? Social Security data says 6.5M in US reach age 112

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Columbus CEO

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are getting older, but not this old: Social Security records show that 6.5 million people in the U.S. have reached the ripe old age of 112.

In reality, only a few of them could possibly be alive. As of last fall, there were only 42 people known to be that old in the entire world.

But a report by Social Security's inspector general says the agency doesn't have death records for any of the 6.5 million people in the United States who would be that old. The report says only 13 of these people are still getting Social Security benefits.

But their Social Security numbers are still active, so those numbers could be used to report wages, open bank accounts, obtain credit cards or claim fraudulent tax refunds.