Government help is joke after the information is given you
by odle5 - 4/26/08 8:31 AM
In Reply to: All the time by redwall_hp
Eveyone in this country with a phone of any kind or a computer of any kind has received these types of phishing. The crime of identity theft is growing worldwide now. No one is safe. Once the thief has your vital infomation, you will never be the same. Lifelock helps and many companies do try to help you recover but once the information is our there it is hard to recover.
My neighbor mailed her 1040 tax return to the irs using her postal route box at the end of her driveway. She also mailed out her electric bill and her water bill payments the same day. Two days later, her bank called and said that she was overdrawn and that since her savings account was empty they could not transfer any money to cover the check she had written at a local grocery store. When she went to the bank to find out what was the problem she learned the horrible truth! Someone had came into her bank with a fake ID and emptied every last dime from her accounts. They had her correct social security number, phone number, checking account number (they got that from her checks), a fake photo id and two legitimate bills from her proper address with them. Yes, they stole the mail and had instant access to every last bit of important information about her...everything! She reported it immediately to the police who informed her that NO ONE should ever use their personal postal route mailbox to mail out bills because anyone could drive by and see her put the mail in the box and then steal it. Because she had mailed her irs 1040, the police called the irs and found out that her tax return had never arrived. She called her utility companies and they confirmed that her payments had never arrived. My neighbor has lost everything and spends most of her free time trying to restore her credit. She is still dealing with these cruel people who stole everything she had. They are getting credit cards in her name, getting huge expensive items purchased in her name, and even charging medical bills to her name. Her credit is RUINED all because she thought that the postal route box in her driveway was safe! The police informed her to always mail bills and other vital information directly inside a post office and to shred or burn any papers with vital information on them...never throw them away! By using her postal route box to mail important papers, she gave the thieves exactly what they needed to destroy her. She now works with lifelock and other agencies to try to regain her identity and good credit, but that is a long and hard road to have to take because someone decided to ruin her.
I think that it is time that the government sees exactly what is happening and take ACTION! The do not call registry is a joke. I have reported over a hundred phone numbers to them and with my caller id, I am also able to give them the time the phisher called and the date. I still get hundreds of phone calls and emails from phishers. Many of them ask you to update your information or your account will be blocked...really, you cannot trust anyone anymore. Never click any link that these horrible people send to you.
My frustration is with the government. Our government expects you to take all the action to protect yourself. They sit back and give you advise on how to deal with these problems after they occur, but they do not take the initative to stop them all together! Homeland Security is a joke! Listening in on people's phone calls will let you know that little Bobby has a doctor's appointment but not tell you where the next bombing will occur. Homeland Security has computers trackers listening in on certain words that trigger a call to be recorded. All the person has to do is use code words to hide the fact that it is a threat...Hey, we need to meet and talk about my ingown toenail, could really mean that we meet in the park to beat up pigeons. It is a another joke to try to show people that the government is actually trying to safeguard you...a Joke!
You cannot tell me that the country that is home to some of the smartest computer hackers in the world cannot use these same hackers to prevent these forms of email phishing and call phishing and identity theft....sometimes it takes a thief to catch a thief.
We all need to protect ourselves because you cannot believe anything that our government tells us is the complete truth! Mail all snail mail inside a post office if you don't want the same problems that my neighbor is now dealing with. Don't answer any phone calls from strange companies and don't click any links in emails from so called companies trying to update information. Good luck everybody...we need it!!!
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