Sometimes I struggle with stream of consciousness writing. I have stuff in my head that is private and must remain private even though it would be cathartic to speak about it. I also have stuff in my head that I can speak about but it all gets mixed up together. I want to keep it in, but I want to get it out! Especially today. I’m dealing with a situation that I suspect some of you may have dealt with so I’m just going to put it out there and see if anyone has experienced something similar.
Someone is trying to steal my identity. I suppose that’s what she is trying to do unless she is simply trying to torment me, which is possible. Identity theft is the most horrible thing. In my case, the person I suspect is a computer hacker. So she plays with me as if I were a mouse and she is the cat. She thinks it bothers me a whole lot more than it does as I simply deal with each instance of possible identify theft as it happens. It is a lot easier to deal with than she thinks as companies, banks, other financial institutions have become more savvy about this problem and notify their customers immediately if anything at all suspicious occurs.
So as Ms. Computer Hacker attacks one account or a social media site, I simply close them. I figure she is doing me a favor. I don’t need as many credit cards as I have so, poof!…..they are gone. That much less for her to attack. She started this onslaught with my PayPal account. It’s closed. Somehow, she opened a new one in my name. It’s closed. I’m wondering how many times I will have to do that. She’s attacked my Facebook Messenger site. She wiped out many of my contacts and kept me from getting any Message Requests. Well, ok. I can restore my contacts. I have reported this to Facebook and we will see what happens. I would like to get my Message Requests. I’m hoping Facebook will go after her. I don’t think this kind of thing amuses them.
Then, she made a charge on my American Express card. That charge has been taken off. I’ve been issued a new card. I guess she will also try to hack it although American Express is now after her. There have been other things she has tried to do or done as well.
If you ever find that someone is trying to steal your identity, the thing to do is be vigilant. Check your bank account daily or more than once a day. Look at your credit card statements frequently. If you see anything strange on your social media sites, check it out.
You see, in my humble opinion, computer hackers, especially those people who do malicious things like create viruses. Or hack into other people’s lives such as what I’m experiencing, don’t have a life of their own. They sit all day and stare at a computer screen and have the screwed up idea that is a life. We all know it is not. In my case, working at a computer is my job. Of course, I do spend other time on the computer – shopping, talking to my friends, researching. The things we all do. What I don’t do is try to destroy other people’s’ lives.
These identify thieves enjoy that. I wonder what they would do if they actually had to live a real life. Oh, I know. They couldn’t. They wouldn’t have a clue how to live a real, fulfilling life. Would they try to destroy people’s lives in person as opposed from behind a computer screen? Probably not. They don’t have the guts. The fragile computer screen protects their fragile egos from the world. I hope my computer hacker winds up in prison. If she crosses the line and I can manage it, she will. #hackers #amwriting #amblogging #writing #SoCS
I agree. But it is surprising everyone has access!
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This is alarming and no doubt frustrating for you. I have never had such an experience myself. Obviously someone has access to all your information on your computer (s). Passwords….etc.
So sorry this has happened to you. I sure hope you find a way to stop it completely soon.
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I am sorry that you are going through this, but you seem to be handling it so well… I had a guy try to steal me too. I had moved into a rooming house and he lived across the hall. I found charges for his pay-as-you-go phone on my credit card. Then one day I found out that he was actually telling people that his name was my name. Not only was he stealing my identity – he was impersonating me! I had no idea how to handle the situation. Pretty soon I just got the heck out of there. Anyway, hang in there. I know it is crazy-making.
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Honestly, I don’t get such sorry, ugly excuses called human beings. How some people just spend their entire time trying to find those they can hack into their systems and destroy their lives. It’s bothersome and one just has to remain vigilant as much as possible. Sorry for all the trouble.
You are invited to my Blog-O-Ween taking place right now. Some ghouls are waiting 🙂
That’s awful, Rosemary! I hope there’s a way to catch her. Surely at least one of the sites she’s managed to invade has ways to detect who is doing it. Best of luck!