Friday, December 18, 2009
( 12:07 AM ) teahouse
The Gift That Keeps On Giving
In 2001, my identity was stolen.
A couple of criminals followed me and my friend into a restaurant in Times Square. They saw where we sat, and then sat at the very next table.
One of them sat with his back to me, leaned back, unzipped my purse (it was hanging on the back of my chair), grabbed my wallet, and then the two of them casually stood up and walked out of the restaurant.
By the time I got up to leave, and realized my wallet was missing, they were long gone.
It was quite an ordeal. To make a long story short, they used my i.d. to obtain instant credit all over New York City, and made off with over $20,000 worth of merchandise.
They ruined my credit and caused me years of hassle, fraud alerts, phone calls to creditors and identity theft monitoring, cleaning it all up.
One of the things they bought was a brand new camcorder from an electronics store.
And along with it, they bought an extended warranty!
Why on earth would they do that? It's not as if they could benefit from it.
This week, I got a letter in the mail.
Dear Ms. THB, it read. We wanted to inform you that the extended warranty for your camcorder is about to expire! If you want to extend it at a low price of $59.99 for another 5 years, please call this 1-800 number! This is not an opportunity to be missed!
It's been nearly 10 years, and still it won't go away. Sigh. #
OMG, THB, that sucks!!! I am so sorry to hear that. My account info for one of my credit cards was compromised -- by one of the company's employees!!! I was so mad. They caught him before he had a chance to do anything w/my number, thank goodness. But I really should do a better job at keeping track of my credit report. Note to self...