January 15, 2009


Could life get any more annoying right now? First annoyance: We noticed that we weren't getting any mail delivered. Not even a piece of junk mail for over a week. I called yesterday, and someone had gone online and put a hold on our mail for a month. Thanks a heap. Then this morning, Ticketmaster calls and says that someone fraudulently charged NY Knicks tickets to our credit card. Fantastic. Maybe tomorrow someone could slash my tires.

Posted by Sarah at January 15, 2009 10:02 AM | TrackBack

yeah - I am thinking the first thing means that the second thing is just the first of many. That sounds awful really. Not the best start to block leave I guess but at least you'll have an ear for the venting I guess ;-)

Posted by: wifeunit at January 15, 2009 10:54 AM

I can't imagine any reason someone would block your mail other than

- an accident (typing the wrong digit in their address?)

- malice (mail-ice?)

Glad Ticketmaster caught the ticket charge before it ended up on your bill.

Maybe tomorrow someone could slash my tires.

If they spraypaint a giant "O" on your car, you'll know why.

Posted by: Amritas at January 15, 2009 11:04 AM

AFG had to investigate a couple like this - check all the cards AND YOUR BANK ACCOUNTS and keep hot eyes on them. Inform the card companies that the info may have been stolen - they'll put a special fraud watch on for you.

They stop the mail because they don't want you to get your statements yet.

I had my identity stolen once - it sucked. AFG had his government card number stolen once, and we got to prove that he had never been to Portugal to charge 6 grand in the duty free shop.

I hate freeloaders.

Posted by: airforcewife at January 15, 2009 11:39 AM

Wow - that's some nastily scheming identity theft... glad Ticketmaster called, at least.

When our CC# was stolen, we found out b/c USAA had denied a relatively routine charge *by us* after detecting a fraud pattern *not by us* and then called us immediately. After that, I was so paranoid that I called *them* back to make sure they were the ones who had just called us, LOL. (I kept tabs on the account, just not multiple times a day.) In our case, the @$@%@#$ had charged some stuff at like, florists and singles' websites... just stupid junk. But WOW - to put a hold on your *mail*, too?!?! Yikes!

Hope you're able to get things back in financial/identity order soon!!!

Posted by: kannie at January 15, 2009 01:27 PM

What AFW and Kannie said....also check with all three of the credit reporting agencies and get the information in your records, you can get a credit report from each one annually. Pain in the butt, I know, but, an ounce of prevention.....

Posted by: Pamela at January 15, 2009 11:54 PM

And put a hold and a password on your accounts at the credit bureaus so that no new credit can be taken out without you providing a password. Inconvenient when you want to get that Sears card for the extra % off, but nice when you stop the criminals from destroying your credit and causing you further headaches.

Posted by: Brian at January 16, 2009 12:47 AM

Holy cow! That's terrible! Could thing no one hacked your blog and started flaunting illicit grok around!

Posted by: Darla at January 18, 2009 01:13 PM