Someone Stole My Identity

Today’s 44 sort of reminded me of my track days – I did a knee up with a little twist to that side.Screen Shot 2014-02-07 at 7.30.29 AM

Obviously not me but I needed the beach picture!!!  I did all 44 with my right knee up and then switched to the left side.

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Still not me but this picture is pretty accurate for how the move looked (minus the fact that this is a guy!) – almost a bounce each time you lift the knee – plus he’s on a track!!!

Screen Shot 2014-02-07 at 7.39.07 AMSo, this week I have spent hours on the phone because someone stole my identity.  It is a little creepy to know that someone knows things they shouldn’t about me.

Screen Shot 2014-02-07 at 7.34.33 AMThis person knows my Social Security number – he/she has opened up at least one new account using it.

They know my home address (this one really freaks me out!) – the new account they opened is using my address.

They have used other accounts of mine by walking into the store and having the someone look up the card number – in one case the store worker even changed the ID to theirs.

Screen Shot 2014-02-07 at 7.33.28 AMAll of these things happened in Florida in about a  one week period.  (unless there is more that I don’t know about yet)

I have filed a police report, cancelled credit cards, called about my social security card, put a fraud alert on my credit.  One of the worst parts is that many of the people I’ve had to talk to on the phone act like this is my fault.

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Needless to say, this has been a very frustrating week and I’m sure it will continue to be a stressful process.  Sort of scary because you never really think about something like this until it happens to you.  I truly hope that none of you ever have to deal with this!!!

Happy Friday!


BTW – since it is Friday and therefor supposed to be fun, if you missed this FUN post yesterday over at Cranky Fitness head over and see how you can mix exercise and wine!!!

109 thoughts on “Someone Stole My Identity”

  1. Totally scary and seriously so sorry you have had to deal with any of this. A friend of mine that I used to work with had this happen to him and remember him telling me what a hassle it was to get everything back to just him and his wife’s names with their credit and such. Thinking of you and hoping for a less stressful weekend now.
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    1. Kris, I got a bill for my Macy’s card (which I haven’t used in over 2 years). Called….Then my Kohls statement came and I knew I hadn’t used it this past month. More calls….Then a Target card in a similar name but a little different with my address. Called….that’s when I found out they had my SS# and address.
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  2. So sorry Kim!!

    The worst I’ve had with this so far is my credit card people asked me if I had just bought a $400 suit in Hong Kong!! A new card is all I needed.

    1. Thank you, Tamara – you improved my day tremendously!!!
      It is so weird when I call these places – they really do act like I did something wrong – there is this mean part of me that wishes they had to experience this so they would change their tune!!!
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  3. Oh no, Kim! That stinks. Someone stole my corporate credit card number a few months ago and was using it to buy all kinds of stuff. They didn’t even have the physical card. Thankfully it was fairly easy to remedy. I can’t imagine what a hassle it is to fix EVERYTHING! And I can’t believe that the people who are supposed to be helping you can be so rude and unkind.
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  4. For a second I thought you were talking about me! ha! (Well, same initials any way!)

    What a bummer!! So frustrating ~ I can only imagine!!

    I too had Target call me once checking on a $20 purchase on eBay for something in Europe. I said that I hadn’t bought any thing like that and they said the thief often tries a small “not so obvious” transaction first and if it goes through then it will go onto bigger and better stuff. I was thankful Target trackers found that and saved us any bigger headaches that could have been.
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  5. I had a similar thing happen to me recently, and I was surprised how lightly the police have taken it. I got my money back, but I kept telling the police that’s not the only point: some weirdo has my address, name, phone number, and personal information they shouldn’t have! It is a disturbing feeling.
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    1. Nellie, I’m so sorry you had to deal with this!!! I would not wish this on anyone ever!! (except sort of the couple of people that I’ve dealt with on the phone who want to act like it’s my fault – I think if it happened to them they would change their attitudes)
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  6. Oh, Kim – that sucks. I’m sorry you have to deal with all of this. I lost my wallet years ago, and cancelling everything was such a pain – I can only imagine how frustrating this is for you.
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  7. Oh, no! I am so sorry!! =( I had a credit card stolen once (well, I lost it and someone found it and used it) but that was easily rectified. I can’t imagine what you’re going through! I hope they catch the b*tch! Grrr. So sorry. =(
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  8. Oh geez that blows! That is so heinous I can’t imagine the people who do it. So very sorry. I hope the sorting out process goes as well as possible and most of all that they catch the jerks who do this.
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  9. Oh Kim that is truly awful!! I’m so afraid of that happening to me b/c I do a lot of online shopping. My best friend had her identity stolen and someone filed her tax return! Isn’t that nuts?? It took her forever to figure it all out and she encountered some of the same nastiness it seems like you are. I hope this passes quickly and you can get back to being the real you!
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    1. Allie, I shop online, too but not with the cards that were used. Chris is going to call the IRS and make sure that no one files a tax refund – I don’t file singly so hopefully nothing has been done yet.
      I do want to be the real me – not digging the fact that someone else wants to be me, too!!!
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    1. Susan, the funny thing is that I shop online a lot but this wasn’t anything to do with that – it was a couple of cards that I never use online (Kohl’s…)
      And, you are so kind about the wine – just the fact that you would say that made me so very happy!!!
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  10. What type of nonsense?! I wanted to comment on how funny it was that you used other people for your 44 today especially the one with the beach in the background lol which I totally understand :) but then I got mad because you’re my buddy and these mean people tried to make it seem like it was your fault with this whole mess. This person must have your driver’s license? To look up credit cards when I worked in a store we used to need that with a picture. Strange! I saw that movie Identify Theft with hubby and although it has it’s funny parts, I thought some aspects of it seemed fake, but now I’m not so sure. I hope things get back to normal and fast for you! This is ridiculous. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. :(
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    1. Brittnei, I thought about that as I put up pictures of other people this morning and almost made a joke about picking a “new me.”
      You are so sweet to get mad on my behalf!
      No, they don’t have my drivers license. Get this – at the Macy’s store (this all happened in Florida) they did a look up to get my card number and then the person making purchases had them change the ID # to theirs – I don’t even get how someone working can do that kind of thing!!
      I did like that movie – funny when it’s a movie!!
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  11. Oh, KT I’m so sorry you have to deal with this! We got letters from the bank today that because of the Target issue they were canceling our cards and sending us new ones. I was complaining about having to change all my auto debit stuff, but in comparison to what you’re dealing with, I guess it’s not that bad.
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    1. Rabia, I think that somehow this has to do with the whole Target breach. Actually of all the phone calls I’ve made and people I’ve talked too, the lady with Target cards was by far the nicest and most helpful!!!
      Glad that Target was on it and caught stuff early for y’all!
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  12. Oh Kim – I am so sorry this happened to you! Thank goodness you caught it quickly.
    I had someone steal my debit card number and used it for a bunch of online gaming sites. Luckily I caught it quickly and got all the charges reversed. The interesting thing is that I never used that card online, only locally.
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    1. Laura, I don’t think I had ever known anyone that this happened to before either! I don’t know how hard they try to catch the person – I got the feeling with my phone calls that it is more about damage control.
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  13. Oh no! This is terrible! Hopefully they haven’t done anything more than what you already know about. Good luck getting it all sorted out. It is definitely not your fault! Some people just have nothing better to do than hack into other people’s lives. (or is that blogging?)
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    1. Brooke, I’m hoping that nothing else pops up. I’ve cancelled stuff, done the fraud protection, police report, Chris is calling the IRS to make sure that no one can file taxes with my SS# – now I’m just sort-of monitoring stuff and waiting.
      Funny about hacking or blogging!!
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  14. :( Oh no! That’s terrible! I’m so sorry you have to go through all of that. I just warned someone a few days that all a person needs is your name, age and address and they can steal your identity. It’s so scary that they got your social security number!
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  15. That’s just awful Kim. It’s horrible knowing that some stranger has all your details and it’s horrible that they’re causing all this inconvenience to your life. I once had someone use my name and personal details to buy a television and video recorder on hire purchase. When they stopped paying for the products I was chased by a debt collector for the money. Luckily it wasn’t too hard to prove that my TV was over ten years old.
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  16. THIS SOUNDS LIKE THE BIGGEST HEADACHE EVER!!!! And extremely creepy! Wow. I am speechless. I am not sure I would be able to sleep if I were you. I’d probably get new locks and a new alarm system, etc. This is just plain creepy. Hopefully everything is okay now? Or at least taken care of for the most part. I wouldn’t even know what to do first. How on earth did you even figure this out?
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    1. GiGi, definitely a headache!! And, we do use an alarm at night – I’m trying not to stress too much over the address part – all of the charges have been in Florida so I’m hoping this person doesn’t feel the need to travel to Kansas.
      I figured it out because I started getting bills for stuff that I hadn’t bought with cards that I hadn’t used – or even opened in one case.
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  17. Oh Kim!! This is just AWFUL. Horrifying really… My husband is crazy about protecting us from this exact thing, and I give him a little smack once in a while about how over the top he is about it. Now? Not so much. It is happening EVERYWHERE!!!

    Oh hun.. I am SO SO SORRY!!! What a freaking mess. I wish I could help you in some way!
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    1. Chris, I thought that we were actually pretty careful about stuff, too – I don’t know if the breach happened with the whole Target fiasco or what but…
      It’s a mess but I think I’ve done most of my part for now – I will just continue to monitor and wait to see what I hear back from the companies I guess.
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  18. Wow, that suc*s!

    I’ve never experienced that, but my bank is so prudent they freeze my card whenever I go on a trip and they see expenses from outside the country. I’ve made it a habit to call them to let them know where I’m going, so that I don’t end up in Vienna, Austria, with none of my cards working! (true story)
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    1. Our bank does the same – we never use our bank card when we travel or online. But even our credit card has done that – one year in Hawaii it wouldn’t work and I had to call and let them know we were actually in Hawaii.
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    1. Carly, you said exactly what I feel – the fact that someone has taken a part of me is hard to deal with – hopefully I can get that part back!!!
      I was surprised at how some of the people on the phone acted – very little customer service!!!
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  19. Gah! How awful! I’ve had card numbers stolen and several of my credit card companies have treated me like I’m lying. Kind of pissed me off.

    I currently have a watch on my credit because someone took a file with them that had everyone’s info when they left a former employer of mine. Total PITA.

    Hope it all gets straightened out soon!
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