Holstein and Company Mornings

Identity Theft – what to do
Identity Theft – what to do

It happened to me. Over the weekend, someone tried to use my name and social security number to open a credit card at a Best Buy in North Aurora, IL. Luckily, the credit card company called me to confirm the information on the card and denied the application.

What do you do when someone steals your identity?

The FTC is the lead federal agency on identity theft and they have a FANTASTIC website: idtheft.gov.
The first step: you can apply to place a fraud alert on your information and “lock down” your information so no one can open an account. I did it with Experian and they shared the information with the other credit bureaus.
The second step is to file a police report. Yes, I called the Champaign PD.
And thirdly, create an identity theft report. This is basically the report to the FTC describing what happened and when so they can be your advocate.

I’ve already heard from so many people who have had their SSN stolen and had dozens of accounts opened up in their name, so I feel fortunate to be on the offensive and not the defensive.

Have you had your information compromised?

Interviews & Bits

Sgt. Bruce

Sgt. Bruce on Local Nitwits

We asked Sgt. Bruce to share some stories of local knuckleheads and nitwits.

PODCAST pod

Willie Waffle Doesn’t Like The Identical

To celebrate 20 years Forest Gump is back in theaters — and it’s on IMAX. There’s also a new movie called The Identical.

gina

Gina Talks About Bad Marital Advice

Life coach Gina says we should ignore this marital advice.

PODCAST pod

Waffle Reviews November Man & As Above/So Below

Movie guy Willie Waffle gave one movie 1 out of 4 and the other 0 out of 4!

Sgt. Bruce and Cop Cameras

Champaign police cars have cameras. How do they work and will the police be wearing cameras soon?  

gina

How to Tell Someone They Smell

We asked life coach Gina how to tell someone they stink or have bad breath.

PODCAST pod

We TRIED to do the Ice Bucket Challenge

We were ready to do the Ice Bucket Challenge … and planning to challenge a local “celebrity”. Then the U of I…

Sylvester Stallone

Expendables 3 and The Giver not good

Willie gives E3 one and a half “waffles” and The Giver just one.