Identity theft gets personal
The bad news came in a harmless looking package. It was a letter from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage informing me that a computer containing my name, address, social security number, and home loan number had gone missing and was presumed to be stolen. The bank apologized for the situation, offered me a free service that will alert me if suspicious activity turns up at credit reporting agencies, and gave me advice on how to protect myself from identity theft.
I had been aware of ID theft, of course. But being aware is one thing and knowing that a thief may be out there right now figuring out how to rip me off is another. It reminded me of how I felt after being shaken up in the Bay Area earthquake of 1989. For a long time after, the earth didn't seem solid under my feet. Identity theft gets personal
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