KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Emily Hornev has a lot to say for someone who is supposed to be dead. The 78-year-old woman was mistakenly listed as deceased. She first caught wind of it when her insurance company called a family friend to confirm her death.

"Their mistakes caused me embarrassment, anxiety, I think it's very wrong, Hornev said. "It snowballed from one thing to another."

She stopped receiving her social security checks and the office in Kalamazoo told her she had been overpaid.

"When the Social Security lady said I'm overpaid, I said, 'By chance does it say, I died?' She said, yes ma'am, it does."

Hornev says the Social Security office said it would rectify the problem and send her check, but when it didn't arrive, she called the bank.

"They said, yes, it came, but we have you listed as deceased," she explained.

Hornev was also turned down for a credit card and when she tried to refinance her home, she was denied.

"They said, 'Well, we're sorry, but the three credit bureaus notified us that your dead,'" she recalled.

Hornev also got a condolence letter from her bank that also asked her family for payment on her loan. Her obituary also showed up online.

The Social Security Administration has since sent a letter admitting to a clerical error and this week Hornev filed a lawsuit against the three credit bureaus. Her credit score is damaged and she wants the credit agencies to do something about it.

"I would like to get the message out to older people to stand up for yourself, don't let anybody tell you things that aren't so," she told WZZM.

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