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I am being a bit of a drama queen and I KNOW that I am being a drama queen but I simply cannot STOP myself from being a drama queen. Why all the drama you ask?
Because I got a letter in the mail yesterday from a doctor’s office I once visited explaining that they had experienced a theft of backup billing records. The letter read, “While we have no reason to believe your information will be accessed or misused, we are writing to inform you of the incident and the proactive steps we’re taking to help protect your personal information. A box containing backup billing records” for the clinic “was stolen while in the possession of a courier working for an independent storage company. Your name and Social Security number were included on the backup tapes!”
A thief now has all of my personal information including my Social Security number. But I am not supposed to worry because the clinic that the information was stolen from has no reason to believe my information will be accessed or misused.
See, I told you, DRAMA QUEEN!
Still, as a consolation prize, the clinic is paying for me to have a period of credit monitoring along with e-mail alerts of any key changes in my credit and a free credit report right now to see how good my credit was before it was stolen.
It’s as if the letter from the dealership continues, “If we do find out that the thief has been driving your car, we’ll reimburse you for every mile driven.” I don’t want a reimbursement, I want my car back. I want my privacy back. I want my identity back.
You were warned that I was being a drama queen and you chose to continue reading so I have no guilt that you have to read my whining. By the way, my credit score is/was 790. It is/was considered Excellent. Better than 98% of Americans. Well, it WAS. It’s public record now.