Homesteaders not safe: Identity theft x4

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by minnikin1, Dec 13, 2006.

  1. minnikin1

    minnikin1 Shepherd

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    We just received letter number 4 informing us that due to a "burglary", our
    personal information has been compromised.

    First it was the VA.
    Then it was a Previous employer.
    Then we got one from DH's current employer.
    Now today one arrived from a former medical insurance provider!

    Ok, I'm slow on the uptake.
    It finally dawned from this latest letter how some businesses stand to benefit form this!
    All that "private" information that the medical industry was not legally allowed to share is suddenly 'out there' to be used against us as they wish.
    OOPS! So sorry!!
     
  2. NCGirl

    NCGirl Well-Known Member

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    Our County is currently notifying it's citizens this nice info: Our county had it's citizens personal info including SS#'s online available to the public for over 2 months. Some citizen did a google search for his own name and realized the info was out there. It took the county 4 days to get the info pulled off the net. The county advised us to watch our credit reports as there is the possibility of identity theft.

    Yep, Scary.
     

  3. Selena

    Selena proud to be pro-choice

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    Don't you folks know that it costs money to keep our information safe and to prevent fraud? That is why the government and companies won't do it - initial capital outlay then ongoing maintenance and improvements that cost money. How do you expect them to collect those large bonuses if they have to spend money on things that don't directly benefit them? I am sorely tempted to employ my computer skills to help joe america. Four days to pull down a website is ridiculous. If there was a picture of the county board chairman in a compromising position, it'd be down in 2 minutes.
     
  4. MyHomesteadName

    MyHomesteadName Well-Known Member

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    Amen to that. :hobbyhors
     
  5. suitcase_sally

    suitcase_sally Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Sadly, we are a nation of thieves. :Bawling:
     
  6. hoofinitnorth

    hoofinitnorth Well-Known Member

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    The thieves are the elected officials these days - they refuse to revise credit laws to prevent unlawful changes to contracts AFTER agreement, pass laws in ALL 50 states to prevent identity theft (such as freezing credit - only 21 states currently allow a consumer to do this!!), and holding people responsible for neglect resulting in identity theft (foreseeable things, not things that couldn't have been prevented).
     
  7. AngieM2

    AngieM2 Big Front Porch advocate

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    Also a laptop with childsupport information in Golden Colorado was stolen and everyone is getting a letter to double check their credit reports for unauthorized information.

    Angie
     
  8. Selena

    Selena proud to be pro-choice

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    Missing and stolen laptops burn my heinie. All too often the reason the laptops even exist in the workplace is so corporate america can squeeze more work with no additional pay and/or avoid hiring another employee. Government is no better as those who do work (e.g. not talking about the elected officials or appointees) are swamped and have to take work home every night to keep up. Common sense tells me that if a computer has personal information on it, it does NOT leave the building. Field workers need to have up-to-date equipment and top of the line locking devices. And maybe work in pairs when having to travel to not so safe areas.