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I'm a winner!

I knew immediately when I picked up the mail. A letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs? I haven't heard from them since December 17th, 1987. Why today?

Yep! My personal data was among the 26.5 million identities 'potentially exposed to others' via the theft of an unnamed analyst's laptop.

Go, me!

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readherring
Jun. 12th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
Tell me if I'm wrong, (and I'm sure that you will) but I don't think that the risk of a mass identity theft of veterans is that great. My guess is that now that the authorities are alerted, any group actions against people on that list would set off red flags everywhere, and be too traceable to try. You might find that you're suddenly getting more offers for timeshares, though.
bistet
Jun. 12th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
You're wrong.

Creditors will not plug 26.5 million names into a database to cause a red flag to go up for a credit card application.
readherring
Jun. 13th, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
I was kinda hoping that the 'Big 3' credit check services would have been given a duplicate list of veterans by now, so they could add red flags.

That's what I would've done anyway.
bxiie
Jun. 13th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
I think the risk is low but mainly due to the fact that I think the laptop was stolen to sell and was probably reformatted before the MSM had the opportunity to trumpet the value of the missing data. If it wasn't immediately reformatted, of course, now even the most dim-witted of house-breakers would know the laptop was way more valuable for the data.
readherring
Jun. 14th, 2006 10:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah. You know, my innate sense of conspiracy tells me that someone was gunning for this unfortunate clod who lost his laptop. The efficient way to handle this would have been to keep this quiet from the public while running an intense investigation. There seems to be no advantage to going public with this information, other than to give the clod National Clod status.

In any case the VA should give you a t-shirt or something that identifies you as the legitimate veteran.
bistet
Jun. 12th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
I would contact one of the 3 credit bureau companies and put a "fraud alert" on your credit bureau, either by phone or by internet. A fraud alert basically says that before extending new credit they must contact you at a given phone number and speak to you personally. Generally, a fraud alert is good for 90 days, and when you call one credit reporting agency, they send the alert to the others if you ask them to.

Experian www.experian.com 1 888 397 3742
Trans Union www.tuc.com 1 800 916 8800
Equifax www.equifax.com 1 800 685 1111

When non-family (i.e. "professional identity theft rings") identity theft occurs, new accounts are opened with all of your information except for a different address, so the cards go somewhere else and you never see them or know about them. Generally it is very quick: they get your info, open new accounts, max them out and disappear in less than 30 days.
bxiie
Jun. 13th, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing I won't be the first 'veteran' to be ID-thieved... I'll wait until something is tied to the VA data before getting concerned.
rabidkitten
Jun. 15th, 2006 01:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info.

I had no idea Bx was compromised, good thing I finally read LJ!
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