Yes, identity theft. And I’m not talking about
this petty nonsense either. I’m talking big time, purchases made in my name with my debit card number—which is tied directly to my checking account. Shady purchases like a telephone forwarding service. This thief wasn’t planning on having the best prom ever.
I was balancing my checkbook last night and came across two charges from within the last two weeks that, after a little head scratching, I determined I did not make. Neither were especially significant in dollar amount but I lost almost an entire business day to cleaning up the mess and talking to authorities. The card was cancelled and another issued, fraud alerts were placed on my credit reports with the Big Three (Experian, TransUnion and Equifax), and a police report was filed. I can’t imagine how someone acquired my card number. Being a web designer/developer I’m savvy enough to sniff out a phishing hole and I keep all of my receipts. Thankfully, I don’t think my Social Security number is out there but we’ll see what my credit reports turn up.
I did receive some small consolation—actually, I’m stoked!—when I found out that ShaunInman.com was today’s pick over at Web Standards Awards. The site is in excellent company (The League needs to stick together, right?) so it will be interesting to see which one walks away with the first Site of the Month.
Fingers are crossed that it’s me—and not just somebody claiming to be me.