Covid Fraud

 

No, I’m not claiming that the pandemic is a hoax. But I am claiming fraud and it has nothing to do with short epidemiologists.

Last month I received a prepaid credit card in the mail. Now, bad mail is not unusual in my neck of the woods. Like Washington DC, my hometown is divided into quadrants and it is possible for four people living here to have the same address with the only difference being the direction from the public square: NE, NW, SE, or SW. So I marked it as return-to-sender and put it back in my mailbox for the carrier to handle.

Then the second one came a few days later. Same company, different name. I shredded that one. Then one came in my name. I was told by the sending institution that it was an account opened by the State of Ohio by the Bureau of Unemployment. Ok, flashing red lights time. After an hour wait on the phone, a nice lady in Columbus helped me put an end to that nonsense.

Yesterday, I received two magazines with the same names as the prepaid cards. Do I look like a Cosmo reader to you? On a call with the United States Postal Inspection Service, I was informed that this has been a pandemic of its own and has worsened in the last year. Criminals will order magazines and other items and try to establish a history with a fraudulent name at your address. Once that’s accomplished, they will file a change of address card to have your mail diverted where they can fish for your Social Security number, bank account information, and the like.

As if my life needed new complications. Be careful out there, boys and girls.

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  1. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    EJHill: As if my life needed new complications.

    Just what I was thinking. Good grief.

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  2. Poindexter Member
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    I hate crooks. Thanks for the heads-up. It sounds like it’s important to get to the bottom of these unexplained occurrences rather than just ignoring them.

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  3. DonG (2+2=5. Say it!) Coolidge
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    EJHill: No, I’m not claiming that the pandemic is a hoax.

    It is the one-year anniversary of Dr. Fauci telling us there is no need for healthy people to wear a mask. 

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  4. Blondie Thatcher
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    These criminals are so smart with stuff like this. You’d think they could use those smarts and get an honest job. 

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  5. Steven Galanis Coolidge
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    My SSN has been used to successfully file a claim for unemployment assistance with the state of Kentucky. I do appreciate Kentucky’s thoughtfulness for the people who live outside of their state. Perhaps the great state of Maryland is returning the favor to residents of Kentucky. Perhaps all of this is necessary to ensure that the first two legs of thoroughbred racing’s triple crown run smoothly later this year!

     

     

     

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  6. Columbo Member
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    DonG (2+2=5. Say it!) (View Comment):

    EJHill: No, I’m not claiming that the pandemic is a hoax.

    It is the one-year anniversary of Dr. Fauci telling us there is no need for healthy people to wear a mask.

    And “flatten the curve”!  When was the last time you ever heard those words again?!

    We were the ones who were “flattened”.

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  7. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    Blondie (View Comment):

    These criminals are so smart with stuff like this. You’d think they could use those smarts and get an honest job.

    Make better money being crooked

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  8. The Reticulator Member
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    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Blondie (View Comment):

    These criminals are so smart with stuff like this. You’d think they could use those smarts and get an honest job.

    Make better money being crooked

    More exciting. More entrepreneurial. Not less work, though. 

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  9. Steven Seward Member
    Steven Seward
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    Thanks for the heads up!  My wife and I have gotten three business letters last week, all from the same company, but to three different people we do not know.  We were wondering who to notify about this.

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  10. EJHill Podcaster
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    Steven Seward: We were wondering who to notify about this.

    Start with the Postal Service Inspector’s office. I called their toll-free line and someone at our local post office contacted me this afternoon.

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  11. Steven Seward Member
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    EJHill (View Comment):

    Steven Seward: We were wondering who to notify about this.

    Start with the Postal Service Inspector’s office. I called their toll-free line and someone at our local post office contacted me this afternoon.

    Thanks!

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  12. navyjag Coolidge
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    And of course California taxpayers lost billions in Covid monies siphoned off by hacker scams and, most importantly, prison inmates. Glad those crooks got taken care of in a pandemic. We know how valuable those citizens are.  If anything brings down Gov. French Laundry in the recall election, no sure thing, this one might do it. 

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  13. Full Size Tabby Member
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    EJHill: Yesterday, I received two magazines with the same names as the prepaid cards. Do I look like a Cosmo reader to you?

    Now that the serious stuff is out of the way, I wanted to comment that, well, with that stick in your mouth you could give an impression of a 1940s pinup girl gripping a a long-stemmed rose, which might be close to the Cosmo reader demographic. :)

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  14. Boss Mongo Member
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    EJHill: But I am claiming fraud and it has nothing to do with short epidemiologists.

    Copy–but it’s not as though there are not plenty of fraud charges that could accrue to a certain short epidemiologist.  

    EJHill: Do I look like a Cosmo reader to you?

    Yeeeaaah.  About that…

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