Is there such a thing as being overzealous when it comes to protecting your identity? If there is, then I am guilty. I shred every scrap of paper that might possibly be of interest to anyone interested in stealing my information, monitor my credit reports constantly, and closely scan my credit card bills every few days for signs of unusual activity (admittedly, I get a lot of help on this front from credit card “fraud alerts” that are triggered by large purchases at random office supply stores and Target, but that’s another story).
So I’m pretty vigilant. But now I’ve got a reason to be.
This morning, my husband Josh put his work bag down on the sidewalk (I know, I know…) while he played soccer with my son in the driveway before school. You can guess where this is going. Yep, someone walked off with his bag. In this bag was his work computer and a few items that were expensive (like his glasses), but replaceable. And then there was the folder of documents we had just pulled together for a home loan application. Paystubs, bank statements…a treasure trove of very personal information, complete with Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, and more.
We swung into action immediately, freezing our credit, calling our banks, and filing a police report. But now there’s not much more we can do. Except wait. And cross our fingers. And wish we were back on this beach in Mexico, right about now.
Have you ever experienced anything like this? What did you do??