More on Hoboken identity theft
Another Hoboken411 reader mail comes from a resident that feels some of his “credit checks” were swiped from his mailbox:
What’s up with the USPS?
“I just got a call from my Credit Card company (thank you Capital One for automatic fraud control) to verify a few large transactions on my credit card.
Since I’m on business travel, I figured it’s probably my typical (did you buy a plane ticket and hotel) questionnaire. However, I stopped at one charge which seemed od: $617.94 at Pathmark… I don’t recall buying anything in particular from there but went ahead and researched anyway. I called back and asked for more information, and it turns out that someone managed to use my card at Pathmark in Livingston NJ, as I don’t even know what that town is, I immediately declined the charge.
But what bugged me the most is how can someone run such a charge on my credit card which I physically have in my wallet in Seattle (for the moment?). If the charge was online, i would have thought they guessed my number, and then it hit me: My credit card always sends me those ‘credit card checks’, I always shred those, but recently I have moved in Hoboken, and noticed that even though I submitted a mail forwarder and updated my mailing address at my credit cards and banks, a lot of my mail seemed to be incorrectly left at my prior address, or in some cases just laying in the enterance of my old building.
My guess? Someone must have found those checks, and used then at Livingston, NJ to buy electronics or months load of groceries. It already has been resolved, I got a new card issued, the charges were declined, and I already have an account to monitor my credit. I will call the Opt out number to cancel the pre-approved offers.
I guess I just wanted to write you to alert fellow Hobokenites about the real dangers of identity theft. With the rough economy, it seems that Hoboken is becoming target to increased car / property theft, and now we can add identity theft to the list. I will write USPS and ask them to be a bit more careful with out mail, I have seen it a million times: mail just laying in the unsecured lobby of older buildings because either the mailbox is full or the person moved.
Thanks for a wonderful web site! Keeps me always close to Hoboken even when I’m far away!”