I was so excited yesterday. I received a monetary prize from my job (Long Story) very much appreciated. I decided to upgrade my cell service. I have Metro PCS for the cost. I had read reviews. I know with my move and driving across country I needed something better. Plus the internet is so slow on my metro.
I went to the sprint store in the pouring rain. Clearly I was ready for my new toy!!! The sales guy tells me someone else is used my social security to get a phone. How about under a different name. My heart skipped several beats. WTF!! I don’t need this crap right now. Then he said they had a delinquent balance of 1,400 since 2008.
Now I looked at him completely crazy 2008. I check my credit report every year. Shit last year I had a 829 credit score. Granted with the house situation I don’t have that now. I had sprint about 12 years ago. He gave my the sprint fraud number and said to come back when it is cleared it.
Now I am in the pouring rain in my car on the phone with fraud protection. They tell me it isn’t a typo. Also on public record this person is using my SS#. Come on now. How the hell does two different people have the same social security number. Then he asked me where I was from. I told him Boston. He said this person lives there also.
No shit Sherlock. SSN# is based on location and year. Now I am having a freak out. He told me to file a police report. I ran down the road to the police station that records office was close. I didn’t know what to do so I called 911. I thought it was bit dramatic to call 911 but hey I didn’t know what the hell to do. They told me an officer would be calling me to take my report.
I ran home and went to Equifax website. I put a fraud alert on my account. Which updates to the two other agencies. Then armed with what the sprint guy said I went to the web with my SS# looking for this other person information. After I typed my SS# into one site, I realized this isn’t a good plan. I am inviting other fraudulent people in my life. So now I am paranoid I made the situation worse.
I added the Equifax fraud protection to my credit report. I am going to leave it on there for about six months. I don’t care if it is 19.95 I need peace of mind. So I printed out my credit report from Equifax, and Transunion. All looks good. Other than my current house situation. WTF !! Now I feel stupid! This has to be sprint doing!!
I called them first thing this morning to get to the bottom of it. They tell me again it is not a keying error. Excuse me how the fuck do they know that. They claim to have tools. Oh really I wonder what tools can tell you what happened in 2007. What if someone wrote it down wrong. Who the hell knowns. This fraud person was friendly opposed to the asshole I got the day before.
She put a fraud alert on that account. Now I have to go the sprint store with my SS card and a utility bill. Okay I have that just in case. I go to a sprint store at lunch. He is on the phone with fraud. They told me to tell the sales clerk to call them. I hear him I will inform the customer. I am thinking oh lawd some other crap.
He gets off and informs I need to go to a corporate store. The store I was in was an authorized dealer. SHIT SHIT SHIT. How the hell would I have known that. More, and more time wasted. Did I mention there are no dealers close to me. I am going to make the journey to one after work.
I called my credit union. I told the customer service rep I had a strange request. Could he run my social security number and see if someone else name is attached to it. He said I doubt it. First he can’t do it and he doubt that is what happened. Fraud is someone using your information not using their name and your social. I told him what happened and he said sprint did the same to him and his father. DAMN!!
I wasn’t happy it happened to him. I was happy I wasn’t alone. So I been asked why go with them. They are the cheapest. Credit Union guy said yeah what can you do. absolutely nothing!!!!