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Finally! Something interesting

This afternoon I opened a letter from an area car dealer. It had been forwarded by the post office from my former address in Westerville, where we lived for four months. The dealer was thanking me for my purchase and welcoming me into his happy family of customers. All fine and dandy except I didn't buy a car and my first name is not Suresh (they did use my last name).

I tried calling the dealer but they were closed. I called TransUnion and put a fraud alert on my account and Brian's. They are supposed to notify Experian and Equifax and have them do the same. Tomorrow I guess I will swing by the car place just because I am curious. Or should I? Monday I will go to the police because with an identity theft report I can extend the fraud alert on my credit records to seven years (it's ninety days otherwise).

You know what we bought? A 2000 Sonata. Way to aim high, Suresh.

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whimmydiddle
Nov. 11th, 2007 04:30 am (UTC)
Wow. You are savvy. I would have assumed some paperwork glitch on the part of the dealer, shrugged, and tossed it. Thanks for the lesson, & keep us posted as to how it goes.
whimmydiddle
Nov. 11th, 2007 04:33 am (UTC)
Oh, and I always find your posts interesting. You are one of the people I don't skim but read.
koralleen
Nov. 12th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
Aw, shucks... thank you!
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koralleen
Nov. 12th, 2007 02:16 am (UTC)
Re: Wow
In Ohio, there is no excuse. The government is giving them away. There have been three huge personal data breaches reported just since this summer. My favorite was the recent theft of two copiers from the Motor Vehicle Administration, or whatever they call it around here. They used digital copiers and stored all the data in the machines. Oops. Or the one that got the most press was the information for about half a million people that was set free when a hard drive was stolen from an intern's car. At his apartment. Because that was the security protocol. Offsite storage: you know how your second grade teacher used to let different kids take the class hamster home for school holidays?
lavidamd
Nov. 12th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow
Ha-ha! The hamster comparison really made me laugh.

Sorry to read about the possible identity theft!
slightlymadmom
Nov. 12th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow
Or the one that got the most press was the information for about half a million people that was set free when a hard drive was stolen from an intern's car. At his apartment. Because that was the security protocol. Offsite storage: you know how your second grade teacher used to let different kids take the class hamster home for school holidays?

Please please please can I post this to my techie mailing list (local dc-sysadmins)? More people should laugh out loud like I did when reading this.

btw -- wow on that incident. And good luck on your identity theft query.
koralleen
Nov. 13th, 2007 01:28 am (UTC)
Re: Wow
Of course you may!
slightlymadmom
Nov. 13th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)
Re: Wow
Thanks...done! We'll see how the local geeks like it. Since it made me laugh out loud, I'm figuring some of them will enjoy it as well. And it also will get me to talk to my co-workers about the backup exchange we do!

Hm, who knew that LJ would be research for work! Thanks again ;-)
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