December 30th, 2001


Good Info to have!

A corporate attorney sent this out to the employees in his company. I pass it along, for your information. We've all heard horror stories about fraud that's committed us in your name, address, SS#, credit, etc. Unfortunately, I (the author of this piece who happens to be an attorney) have first hand knowledge, because my wallet was stolen last month and within a week, the thieve(s) ordered an expensive monthly cell phone package, applied for a VISA credit card,had a credit line approved to buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN number from DMV to change my driving record information online, and more.

But here's some critical information to limit the damage in case this happens to you or someone you know.

1. As everyone always advises, cancel your credit cards immediately, but the key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them easily. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where it was stolen. This proves to credit providers you were diligent, and is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one).

2. But here's what is perhaps most important: (I never ever thought to do this) Call the three national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and SS#. I had never heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me and application for credit was made over the Internet in my name. The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit. By the time I was advised to do this, almost 2 weeks after the theft, all the damage had been done.

There are records of all the credit checks initiated by the thieves' purchases, none of which I knew about before placing the alert. Since then, no additional damage has been done, and the thieves threw my wallet away this weekend (someone turned it in). It seems to have stopped them in their tracks.

The numbers are:
Equifax: 1-800-525-6285,
Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742,
Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289,
Social Security Administration (fraud line): 1-800-269-0271

We pass along jokes; we pass along just about everything. Do think about passing this information along. It could really help someone.

(Removed) Refrigerator Art, Some Assembly Required (12/6/08) Q (WC 224)

Refrigerator Art, Some Assembly Required

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
    -- Winston Churchill

As the evening draws to a close, the sheriff's car pulls up. Despina, who is heading back to her hovel, half asleep, greets him.

"Was that you this morning I saw rushing back to the reservation?"

Despina nods, "I made a used refrigerator run, surely hitting every pothole in that entire stretch of road, but I arrived before the start of school."

Spying Paul Peter eavesdropping as she passes, she hails him.

"There's a slight hitch."


Bruno walks over, listening intently.

"The refrigerator doors are still on, but the Freon's still in, too."

"And the motors?"

"Presumably. And the piping, as well."

Rubbing his jaw reflectively, Bruno offers, "Need more hands, tools, and how you say? Assemble line for Saturday?"

Turning briskly, he sets off toward his hovel, where he houses a first-class tool chest.

"Spoken like a true engineer," Paul Peter says as he fires up the jeep for a fast trip to town to tipple. “I’ll bring the English students to town then to facilitate the loading process.”

As Despina returns to her hovel to prepare for bed, she thinks, as long as he doesn't have to dirty his hands, then chides herself for being waspish when he is helping her.

If the math flash cards stick to my arm like this afternoon, I'll just have to prepare them in the mornings. I hate having red and green numbers all over my skin! as Mickey examines her arm in his headlights, raising his eyebrows in inquiry.

“You don’t have to look at me like that! I didn’t get them in a concentration camp or prison!”

Looking as if he’d like to kiss her pique away, he laughs, heading back to his patrol car since the campfire group has broken up.

Last updated 12/27/08 changed time period to late evening. 12/6/08 - Added for Saturday; changed jeep. “I’ll bring the English students to town then to facilitate the loading process.”; reworded As Despina returns to her hovel to prepare for class, she thinks, as long as he doesn't have to dirty his hands, then chides herself for being waspish when he is helping her. - 1/3/06 (removed meat from Show and Tell, which broke the flow of later events...) 11/29/04 (Added meat from Show and Tell) 6/25/03.(8/21"The doors ...Freon, Rubbing his jaw...assemble)

Word Count: 224

Reading Level: 5.6

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