In which I protect myself against identity theft

22Mar11

“… and to get you signed up for our identity-theft protection, Mr. Lynn, I just have to confirm some information. Can I please have your name and postal code?”

“Well, you have my name. You’ve been using it.”

“Well, that’s true, Mr. Lynn, but—”

“Now that I think of it, how do you have my name, anyway?”

“Well, it’s right here in the computer—”

“How do I know you’re not an identity thief, then?”

“I assure you, Mr. Lynn—”

“You could be going around and pretending to be me, miss. I think I’d better not give you any more information, and I’d better hang up now and call the authorities.”

“Uh … well, sir, if you have any concerns, I can give you the number of our customer service department so you can voice your concerns.”

“Okay.”

“It’s Eight-eight-eight—”

“Eight-eight-eight. Great, thanks. Bye.” [hangs up]



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