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JD Allen 05-25-2006 01:11 PM

I found this on another forum and thought I would share here.

Posted by Gordian238

Granted that this is a *potential* identity theft but the consequences of a hard case of ID theft are so horrific I felt the taking of preventative measures was warranted. I printed out my credit reports from each of the three agencies and today I put a fraud alert in my files. A new credit opening would result in a phone call to see if that was me.

I thought that the suggestions in this link were reasonable:

www.privacyrights.org/ar/VABreach.htm

The fraud alert is valid for three months and is renewable. Their suggestion was to keep the alert in place for a year.

JD Allen 05-25-2006 01:11 PM

I found this on another forum and thought I would share here.

Posted by Gordian238

Granted that this is a *potential* identity theft but the consequences of a hard case of ID theft are so horrific I felt the taking of preventative measures was warranted. I printed out my credit reports from each of the three agencies and today I put a fraud alert in my files. A new credit opening would result in a phone call to see if that was me.

I thought that the suggestions in this link were reasonable:

www.privacyrights.org/ar/VABreach.htm

The fraud alert is valid for three months and is renewable. Their suggestion was to keep the alert in place for a year.

Hitchhiker 05-25-2006 03:02 PM

Here's a related thread on this fiasco. https://irv2.infopop.cc/images/sign0082.gif

Webster 06-09-2006 01:07 PM

It seems that over 50,000 of the SSNs were active duty personnel. The VA is personally notifying all those veterans whose info was on the laptop computer that was stolen.

Ivory Snatcher 06-14-2006 04:50 AM

I got a form letter in the mail Monday about this from the VA. It said to keep this letter because it answers some questions about this theft and what to do.

Good luck.

Frank

Hitchhiker 06-14-2006 07:11 AM

I got one of those letters too, tossed mine in the trash. https://irv2.infopop.cc/images/Wow1.gif

This entire issue is another example of excessive reporting by our overzealous news media. I doubt the moron who swiped that file had enough sense to even realize what he had.

It probably went into the trash along with anything else he couldn't pawn off for a quick fix.

Hitchhiker 06-29-2006 10:44 AM

I just heard on ABC News that the the stolen laptop computer containing the sensitive data has been recovered. https://irv2.infopop.cc/images/luxhello.gif

doc 06-29-2006 02:05 PM

...and the data has not be accessed. Reckon how they can tell?

Stanbnv 06-29-2006 08:26 PM

Well, the FBI SAID it hadn't been accessed. You believe the FBI all the time don't you? Watch how you answer!

Renegades 06-30-2006 05:06 AM

Just watch tv and you'll see how they answer. Never trust a gov official to give you straight answers. You could clone a drive and never leave a trace, then wait a year for the hub bub to die down and now you have all that info available to use. I got my letter from the VA also and I had already put a watch on with the 3 credit agency's. It's call CYA. I would love to see the written report from the FBI lab and not a cleaned up report either. Oh well guess I'll bury my money in the pasture with the bulls and that should make it safe.

Bob (WA0MQE) 07-01-2006 04:18 AM

Not only 'accessed' but how could they tell whether it was copied or not?


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