Author Topic: Scammers/identity theft.  (Read 608 times)

Islander

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Scammers/identity theft.
« on: January 21, 2018, 01:55:16 AM »
Hi Mustachians.

We need help deciding what steps to take. Here is the story:

My SO recently started a new job that is under a union and has benefits.

A couple of days ago we had a very suspicious phone call confirming his personal details and this person wanted to make arrangements to come into your residence to fill out paper work. (Major red flag) My so proceeded to make arrangements at a nearby coffee shop instead. Their claim was that paperwork needed to be filled out and was related to the union.

My SO ran this through his coworkers and manager and obviously this was unheard of to anyone. Therefor he did not meet these people.

We have make a police report but now Iam completely freaked out and losing sleep.

I feel like our rights were violated because information that was given to his work should be kept private but obviously it's been found into the wrongs hands.

My SO has brought situation to the attention of his manger but it seems as if he doesn't want to deal with it and tells my SO to just ignore these people or either call HR or the union to deal with the situation. I feel as if we will just get the run around.

What steps should we take? Any advice is appreciated and thank you for advance. 



Chrissy

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Re: Scammers/identity theft.
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2018, 03:55:34 PM »
First check all his credit reports, and see if there are any other addresses or accounts that look unfamiliar (wouldn't hurt for you to do the same).  If yes, he needs to tell them there's been fraud. The police report might come in handy for this.  Regardless what he finds, freeze his credit with the 3 agencies:  Equifax, Transunion, Experian.  Pretty sure they'll do it for free if he reports suspicious activity, but a small fee for peace-of-mind otherwise.  That stops accounts being opened in his name.  He'll have the ability to temporarily lift the freeze if he wants to get a credit card or a mortgage, etc.  He can lift the freezes entirely if he eventually decides they're unnecessary.


There's more than one way to get someone's information; the new job might've just been a coincidence.  If you're not 100% positive that your mail is secure, get a P.O. box and have everything sent there.