I used to be one of those people that just naturally thought everyone was inherently good. For the most part, I still try to approach life with that kind of attitude but I’m also a lot more cautious than I used to be.
I had my identity stolen and it has been a complete PAIN trying to get everything straightened out. The person who decided to be me has all of my information (social security #, phone numbers, address…..) but they changed my name just a bit to set up new accounts (using my info).
Last night I got a call on my cell phone from a number I didn’t recognize and the lady asked for Kimmely Turner (the person who wants to be me). I asked her who she was calling for and it was a company that I’ve already filed a fraud report with.
I told her that she had the wrong name and that I had no idea why she would be calling that person. She said that the name just hadn’t been changed on my account. What account?!
I explained to her that I did not have an account with them – only some person pretending to be me had an account. She said she knew that and she just needed to verify some information to finish my fraud account. (Side note: I sent in the paper work almost a month ago using my real name and when I called them 2 months+ ago I gave them my correct name!)
She wanted me to tell her my address (to confirm it, you know).
Anyway, I didn’t give her any information and I didn’t call any numbers last night. I’m not sure that the fraud department is handling this very well and I have stopped being as trusting as I used to be.
I still try to give people the benefit of the doubt but when it is a “blind” call then I don’t want to be stupid or naive.
Do you tend to trust all people or are you a bit wary of people that you don’t really know?