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  posted on 9/27/2007 at 10:24 AM
Some HR nitwit in my company that had the freakin entire company payroll file on his/her laptop got said laptop stolen.

Name, DOB, SSN #, Address, Email Address, Salary, Tax Status and Exemptions

All on said laptop...incredible that this person had this on a laptop to begin with, but then didn't take better care of it.

No actual fraud has taken place yet that I can tell with my info, but it's not a real nice feeling knowing my info is potentially "out there."

The company is offering a free credit monitoring service and also my credit union offers this service, to which I just signed up for, so there's a fraud alert on my credit report, so theoretically when a new request for credit comes in, they'll call me directly to ask me if it is legit.

I hope it all works out OK, this just pisses me off because I have a shredder, I am a careful person when it comes to guarding my personal info, then to have some nitwit that apparently doesn't give two hoots, allow this to happen...ahhhhh.

I know identity theft is a widespread issue, but always thought it happened to "other" people that weren't careful....wrong.

What's your story?

 
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  posted on 9/27/2007 at 10:33 AM
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Some HR nitwit in my company that had the freakin entire company payroll file on his/her laptop got said laptop stolen.

Name, DOB, SSN #, Address, Email Address, Salary, Tax Status and Exemptions

All on said laptop...incredible that this person had this on a laptop to begin with, but then didn't take better care of it.

No actual fraud has taken place yet that I can tell with my info, but it's not a real nice feeling knowing my info is potentially "out there."

The company is offering a free credit monitoring service and also my credit union offers this service, to which I just signed up for, so there's a fraud alert on my credit report, so theoretically when a new request for credit comes in, they'll call me directly to ask me if it is legit.

I hope it all works out OK, this just pisses me off because I have a shredder, I am a careful person when it comes to guarding my personal info, then to have some nitwit that apparently doesn't give two hoots, allow this to happen...ahhhhh.

I know identity theft is a widespread issue, but always thought it happened to "other" people that weren't careful....wrong.

What's your story?
Just curious...does this person still have a job? Because the company I work for is very security conscious and we are expected to guard laptops with our life (if we are even given the priviledge of having one with connection to that type of information). I'm with you - very careful with what type of information I make available to any source and everything goes in the shredder. So far, so good for me. Hope things work out here, heineken, and you don't get 'stolen' (especially the SSN stuff ... this type of information should always be encrypted).

 

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  posted on 9/27/2007 at 10:34 AM
I got my Amex number hacked, probably from some web site I bought something from legit.
started getting small and then a big charge to some fund raising site in Australia.

Amex gave me a new number and credited the false charges.

no fuss no muss.

Always check your statements. I almost didn't notice the first fraudulent charge.

 

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  posted on 9/27/2007 at 10:40 AM
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Just curious...does this person still have a job? Because the company I work for is very security conscious and we are expected to guard laptops with our life (if we are even given the priviledge of having one with connection to that type of information). I'm with you - very careful with what type of information I make available to any source and everything goes in the shredder. So far, so good for me. Hope things work out here, heineken, and you don't get 'stolen' (especially the SSN stuff ... this type of information should always be encrypted).


Well, very hush, hush as to who this person was. We all of course think them and their manager should be fired, but we'll probably never find out. We too are under strict guidelines regarding laptop security. We also are forced to have encryption software...it was pushed down and installed some time ago...but if you can believe this, this person apparently did not have this software...makes you wonder how our freakin company can be so careless and still actually be in business. I guarantee if this were me and I had some sort of client data compromised, I would be fired on the spot.

 

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  posted on 9/27/2007 at 10:45 AM
I have had to put the fraud alert on again just recently. All my data was stolen from the University of Texas at Austin a while back. Nothing ever happened so far but they say that information is sold on the internet all the time and it could take a while for someone else to buy your data.

An employee of Office Depot somehow stole my credit card number back in August when I took my daughter there to get a graphing calculator. I bought it and some school supplies and stamps around 4 oclock and when I got home I noticed the clerk charged me for a roll of stamps instead of a book of 20. Went back at around 8 to get a credit for the difference. A few days later I was looking at my credit card charges online and I noticed a 3rd charge for 96.74 and I call the company to see what that was about. They told me my card had been swiped at 8:11 and they took the charge off temporarily. Recently I looked and they put the charge back on my account and said they had a signed credit card receipt which they said they would send me. I went to Office Depot with the receipts I had and they are looking in to the fraud. The bogus purchase transaction was done at 8:11 and I had gotten the credit at 8:05 and left immediately and there were several transactions in between on that register. The clerk clicked on my receipt to get the information for the credit so he did not swipe my card. I am not sure yet how my information was stolen. I am very unhappy about this and I had to cancel my credit card and get a new account number. Now I have to make sure I don't have to pay the $96.74 for another calculator I did not buy. I asked the store to see the video tapes and they said they did not have any. Yeah right! They went back thru their register transactions to find the bogus charge and gave me a copy of it and now they are looking into who was working that night. I am still waiting for Discover to send me the signed receipt and Office Depot did not have a copy of the signed receipt at the store. Their Loss Prevention person just happened to be there when I came in. This was after I had made calls to the manager and she was supposed to be looking into the situation.

Be very careful when making credit card transactions including credits to your account and question the clerk if they say you need to swipe again or anything like that. Watch your charges very carefully on your statements. This is why we have to pay more for everything these days.

[Edited on 9/27/2007 by MotherTeresa]

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  posted on 9/27/2007 at 11:07 AM
My wife's best friend had her purse stolen. To make a long story short, it was a friggin nightmare. Checking accounts, Credit Cards, License, they opened new checking accounts with her name, took the money, even though she reported it stolen to both banks and police.

It was a identity theft ring running around the country, her credit history is ruined with tens of thousands in losses. They kept opening new accounts in different banks under her name.

The police in Florida told her it is so widespread, it is scary.

So watch your stuff, and donít think it canít happen to you.

 

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  posted on 9/27/2007 at 11:20 AM
not sure how this happend but someone got a hold of my parents credit card number and tried to send $5000 through western union, but my dad was luckey enough to check his credit card info that day so he caught it and he got the money back
 

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  posted on 9/27/2007 at 12:45 PM
Recently got a notice from Ameritrade, you may have read that they recently got hacked, alerting me that my info may have been compromised. The thing that irritates me is that I never actually had an Ameritrade account. I looked into it around three years ago but ended up going w/ another company. When I got the letter I had no idea why they would be contacting me.

Have had a couple of credit card issues through the years. Never had to pay for anything. Getting a new card # can be a hassle if you have automatic payments linked to the old account though.

 

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  posted on 9/27/2007 at 12:48 PM
One time a while back I got a call from my credit card company and they said someone was trying to purchase $9000 in shoes from an online store using my number. I said nope not me and they did not approve the purchase. I still do not know how they got that credit card number but they did.


Check your cards very often cause you never know what you will find. I just checked my new account online and I was credited for the $96.74 and I won't have to pay for that 2nd calculator I never bought!

I am still thinking about filing a police report for theft by credit card. Maybe the news media should do more reports on how dishonest clerks can steal your information. Now I will be extremely careful when I make a transaction and I always keep all my receipts just in case there is a problem.

 

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  posted on 9/27/2007 at 12:50 PM
Let's just say that I won't buy anything off of E-bay or use Pay-Pal again.

 

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  posted on 9/27/2007 at 12:52 PM
Now that I think of it I got a call from a store in IL one time (I'm in MA). Someone was trying to order a $2000 watch online using my info. The store flagged it because the shipping addy did not match the credit card addy.

 

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  posted on 9/27/2007 at 12:56 PM
The people who pay for all this dishonesty are you and me in the form of higher prices.

 

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  posted on 9/27/2007 at 01:15 PM
I don't keep credit cards and only use the debit card I have on an account in which I only keep a little bit of money. If we're going out of town, I add additional funds for the hotel, gas, food, etch but not any more. This is also the account I use for paypal and I only add money for that after i buy an item. The rest of our accounts are separate and we don't use a debit card on them. I just don't trust people having my information AND access to our money!!!


 

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  posted on 9/27/2007 at 01:45 PM
ALWAYS a good ideea to watch your statement...

depending on who steals the laptop, you may not ever have to worry about it... if it was someone looking for your company's (or just employees info to steal) they would be in the minority... web sites get hacked for that kind of thing (or purses stolen)... these types of things are more common for identity theft.

a lot of laptops get stolen by folks who are not technically adept enough to worm their way past a standard logon/password, or to slave the HD from another system... (not saying you should trust this though)... many will just want the hardware and will overwrite the hard drive with a new OS.

Again, I'm not saying it doesn't happen, but to be safe I would have all my credit card companies send you new cards with new numbers on them (like mr wott said above)... SS#'s are tougher but take care of what you can...

I recently had a $5 charge show up from an online site a few weeks ago... I was able to get the charge reversed but someone probably got mine from a website I had bought things from...

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  posted on 9/27/2007 at 02:09 PM
My checking account was hit for $56+ dollars because some a$$clown decided to be me and buy something on Ebay.
I got it straightened out and my bank creditied my account, and then I went and changed my checking acct and debit card.

 

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  posted on 9/27/2007 at 02:53 PM
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Have had a couple of credit card issues through the years. Never had to pay for anything. Getting a new card # can be a hassle if you have automatic payments linked to the old account though.


I was paying for my newspapers that way when my card was hacked, got a new number but
the newspaper charge got declined so they switched me over to " news paper carrier collects the money"

But didn't tell no one else. Paper Girl couldn't figure out why she wasn't making any money.
When they finally caught it, I owed her like $200 buck for almost 2 years of papers

 

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  posted on 9/27/2007 at 03:08 PM
It happened to me and all I can say is it effed my life up for 8 months. Got it all cleared but it really sucked the big one!

 

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  posted on 9/27/2007 at 03:33 PM
PM me your name, address, account #'s, SS# DOB..and I'll tell you my story
 

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  posted on 9/27/2007 at 06:10 PM
It can be a real pain but you are usually not responsible for any of the spending at all. I've had my cc # taken as well as someone who pretended to be me on Ebay trying to scam others. I hate to say this, but it is usually foreign a$$holes who do this stuff from a computer in Kazakhstan or somewhere like that and it is rarely people here in the USA
 

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  posted on 9/27/2007 at 06:17 PM
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Let's just say that I won't buy anything off of E-bay or use Pay-Pal again.
This happened to me too. I have bought off ebay since but I took off my paypal account and send a money order instead. It took me a couple of weeks to get my CC account straightened up.

 

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  posted on 9/27/2007 at 06:26 PM
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It can be a real pain but you are usually not responsible for any of the spending at all.
Although you may not be responsible for the spending that's been done in the long run being subjected to identity theft can really mess things up in your life for a LONG time. It can ruin your credit rating, cause you to be subjected to harrassment from collection agencies, cause other legal woes (even arrest) if the person who has assumed your identity get's in trouble with the law (a likely thing since they already broke the law once when they stole your identity), make everyday life's functions that most of us take for granted impossible to perform.
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I hate to say this, but it is usually foreign a$$holes who do this stuff from a computer in Kazakhstan or somewhere like that and it is rarely people here in the USA
Not true at all. Although there are scam artists in foreign countries preying here most occurrances of identity theft for US citizens occur right here on our own soil.

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/


[Edited on 9/27/2007 by lolasdeb]

 

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  posted on 9/27/2007 at 06:31 PM
I beg to differ and I think most Internet scamming is foreign based criminal groups.
 

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  posted on 9/27/2007 at 06:38 PM
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I beg to differ and I think most Internet scamming is foreign based criminal groups.
Well we can agree to disagree but all of the accounts that have been listed in this thread so far deal with activity that happened right here at home.

 

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  posted on 9/27/2007 at 06:39 PM
I would guess that 1% of the cases truly cause MAJOR problems for the individual that it happens to. We all must remember that most of the people that do this type of activity aren't really the smartest people in the universe. If they were then they wouldn't get caught in such high volumes. It comes down to this........it is easier than getting a job for these scumbags and they don't even have to leave the house to pull it off. I would reccomend that you try to get in contact with them somehow. I instant messaged some people that I knew had taken my information and they were stupid enough to threaten me via the computer and also to tell their friends to do the same. I wrote down everything I could get from them and I then called the F.B.I. who told me to talk to the C.I.A. I am sure that they are not doing that type of scam anymore.
 
 


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