When Madeline Coburn landed an internship of a lifetime in Ghana, she quickly applied for student loans to help her finance the trip. To her surprise, the student loan company sent her a letter denying her application for a student loan citing that she is deceased according to their records. Coburn frantically went to her school, Webster University, and talked to someone in the financial aid administration. “How could this be? I’m standing right here — you can see me,” she said.
She contacted Social Security and found out she’d been reported dead to the three major credit bureaus in January. Coburn’s life quickly became a nightmare after discovering her ‘death’. “Apparently, a mysterious phone call had been made on my behalf, saying that I had died, and that my attorney would be handling all of my assets,”she said .