Corporate Identity Theft, Losing an SUV, Celebrity Deaths

First, RIP to ex-heartthrob Farrah Fawcett of Charlies Angels fame who died earlier today of cancer. Many of my friends and I were fond of looking at her iconic poster from the late 1970s / early 1980s.

The poster is one of the most iconic, if not the most iconic one of its era. She’ll be missed by many for a long list of reasons. She had a long and distinguished career.

(As I write this news is breaking that he died.) Best wishes also to Michael Jackson is in critical condition following a heart attack. He was found unconscious in his Los Angeles home. He was attempting a comeback tour at the O2 in London, which now appears unlikely. The singer’s father, Joe, has told TMZ he is “not doing well” while another family member said he is “in really bad shape.” Having met Mr. Jackson, briefly, I extend my condolences and best wishes to his family.

Next up, I must report on a true oddity. My BMW X5 was taken to South Motors body shop for repair after the accident. Two days ago it was taken to South Motors service shop for mechanical work and its regularly scheduled service. I called today to find out what the story was with my car. South Motors service first said they didn’t have my car, but the body shop told me who got it. South Motors service then admitted yes, they did get it, but could find no record of me or the car in their computer and the car was missing. Photo here.

They asked for my VIN# because they can’t find the car or any record of it. I also sent them a description and then the Flickr photo above. I am paying $40 per day for a stupid-ass rental. So for two days they did not work on it because they couldn’t find the damned car. Inexcusable, yes? They have yet to call me back. Tomorrow, I am going to insist that we file a police report for a stolen vehicle. I’ll also have to sue them for my out of pocket on the repairs — why should I pay for repairs on a car I never got. I would hope they find the car which “might be in the lease return lot.” I am very, very, very unhappy with South Motors and BMW corporate offices will receive an eviscerating letter the likes of which they may have never seen.

How the hell do you lose an entire SUV? Morons.

Lastly, and in sympathy with Evan, I need to report on some corporate identity theft. A few weeks ago AT&T called me and said someone was trying to forward our fax lines to an alternate number. That person pretended to be me, and then to be my father. They were a Hispanic male (which neither of us are). They were suspicious because of reasons I do not wish to disclose at this time so they called our main billing number, spoke to me to ask if I was doing it and I said no and asked them to note everything in the account. AT&T wrote lots of notes but refused to release information to me — only to a law enforcement agency. I called the Hialeh Police and filed a report which they reluctantly took — only over the phone and didn’t send a detective. The report said “Someone tried to change the phone number” — that’s it. No mention of rerouting, imperonsating me, etc. Messing with phone lines is a federal felony. I also called my lawywer who referred it to the State Attorney General’s Office.

I come into work today from having my MRI and my receptionists says I have a call and I tell her “I’m not in yet, let me get settled” but she insists. It’s AT&T. Someone’s trying to order some Wireless Network cards for laptops to have shipped somewhere. She’s also suspicious because the caller said we have no corporate email addresses and refused to supply one. Thanks to AT&T represenative Terressa Williams for being on the ball and also recording notes.

(Right here in the middle of this is when I found out my car was AWOL.)

Then later in the day I get a call from Kathy in the AT&T Fraud Department telling me my number had been forwarded to a ‘suspicious number’ and also had been unblocked to allow collect prison calls(!!!). She said I would have to call the business office to fix it and that she couldn’t do it. She did give up to the two numbers our lines were forwarded to: 305-299-0499 amd 305-332-9119. I e-mailed my attorney immediately. He’s trying to get this straightened out.

I called AT&T business office and had a password put on our account. I had the name on the account changed to me from Dad. The person who called in to do this had our federal ID number as well as our AT&T account number and specifically targeted our fax lines. This is very, very unusual. I have a suspicion that I won’t share here, but more on that later. I’d discuss it with the police but they don’t seem to give a shit. I am not impressed with the Hialeah Police, let me tell you what.

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