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Do You Want to Hear the Good News or the Bad?

June 11th, 2007 at 10:34 pm

Well, I'll start with the bad: someone managed to figure out my password and steal my main email account....the one I used for all my E-Bay, Half.com, and PayPal accounts. Frown Luckily, I discoved it within a few hours, changed my passwords on all (and there are MANY) other accounts, closed up my PayPal bank account, put a hold on all my credit cards and credit reports, changed ALL of my bank accounts for ones with new numbers...and more. Frown

Stupidly, I had kept over 2,000 (yep, you read that right) e-mails with all of my transactions over the last few years. My BillPay account was included in there. I'm hoping my ss number wasn't still hooked into my correspondence with the University where I went for my Master's. That would be VERY bad. Frown

Funny thing was I had listed a back up email account through my main email, and was sent a notice where they said my password had been changed. The "stub" of the IP address that was attached to that showed that the password request had come from Fresno, CA. Less than 24 hours later, I received another email stating that the password had been changed again! This time from San Francisco. Three days later, another...this time from England!!!!

It's been a couple of weeks and I haven't received any more notifications. That doesn't mean it hasn't been "transfered" again, it just means they may have found the back up address and changed it so I wouldn't know what was up.

Yahoo has been absolutely NO help. They just sent out a form letter saying that they'd look into it. Then sent another form letter asking how I liked the service delivered by the first form letter. Let me just say, they haven't responded back to the second letter I sent them. Smile

I guess the good thing is that I found out about it and acted quickly. It truly freaked me out. Online banking is something that I've only recently started (as per my other blog entries and starting up PayPal just a few months ago). For now, I think I'm sticking to the old fashioned ways of delivering payments: in person and using an envelope with a stamp. I'm telling you, it's very nerve racking to have that happen. Frown

The good news? I've been in the mood to purge a lot of my "stuff". I think I'm at that time in my life where I need to "shed" the extra material possessions that seem to be weighing me down. I started the process before all this stuff happened with the stolen e-mail acocunt and have been putting it on hold the last week or so as school is taking up more and more of my time.

I have PLENTY of stuff to sell at a garage sale, but decided last night that I'll Craigslist the things that I know can bring in a few real $$ and Freecycle or donate the rest. I just need it all out of here.

Anyone ever get those feelings? You know, where you just need to be rid of something (and no, I'm not talking about anyone's significant other...hehehehe). Usually I'm the type that holds on to things, many times, for way too long. It's sort of a new feeling for me, and not a bad one at that.

4 Responses to “Do You Want to Hear the Good News or the Bad?”

  1. koppur Says:

    I have just hit this stage as well. I realized I can live with half the stuff I have and it will still be more than enough. I had a big post on here a few days ago about the same thing. Goodluck sunshine, and I hope things work out well for you with the accounts. It's a horrible thing and I'm so sorry it happened to you.

  2. Lux Living Frugalis Says:

    Busy deacquisitioning over here as well! BiG TIME!!

  3. homebody Says:

    Me too, 4 boxes to the church this weekend for the annual September rummage sale. Luckily they collect all summer long!

  4. fern Says:

    The declutter bug hit me last year, and it really does feel so much better to get rid of stuff you dont' need, whether it's gifting family and friends, selling or giving to charity.

    The thing about your email was scary. So glad you caught it.

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