Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Got my letter from the V.A.
Old 06-09-2006, 02:42 PM   #1
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Leonidas's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Where the stars at night are big and bright
Posts: 2,847
Got my letter from the V.A.

Came home from riding the bike and stopped off to check the mail. Right on top was a letter from the VA with the notice of "important information" inside. Yep, I'm a victim of Captain Doofus putting my info on his/her laptop and carrying it home. Small comfort that I have twenty something other million vets to join in my misery.

So, any other vets get their letters yet? And, if so, are you doing anything different to protect your credit?
__________________

__________________
There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it. - Andrew Jackson
Leonidas is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Re: Got my letter from the V.A.
Old 06-09-2006, 03:02 PM   #2
Administrator
Gumby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 10,146
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.

Me too. I'm thinking of pulling a credit report just to check.(I've never done it before except when I was refinancing the mortgage).
__________________

__________________
Living an analog life in the Digital Age.
Gumby is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.
Old 06-09-2006, 03:28 PM   #3
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Brat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 5,914
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.

I cannot believe how trusting many govt agencies about their data. IMHO all computers with information about others should be passworded at least. There was a report of an auditor's computer being stolen a couple weeks ago, but at least that computer is password protected (I know because a family member used to work for that firm and all their equipment is password protected).
__________________
Duck bjorn.
Brat is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.
Old 06-09-2006, 03:32 PM   #4
Full time employment: Posting here.
CCdaCE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 887
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.

https://www.annualcreditreport.com/cra/index.jsp

Here's the "official" site to request your credit report from the 3 companies. I think they still charge you for your actual credit rating number 700? 650? etc.

But, you can see who's been accessing it, and who you're paying money to or have paid in the past.

I snag one report from each agency every 4 months.

-CC
__________________
"There's those thinkin' more or less, less is more, but if less is more, how you keepin' score?
It means for every point you make, your level drops. Kinda like you're startin' from the top..." "Society" - Eddie Vedder
CCdaCE is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.
Old 06-09-2006, 03:37 PM   #5
Administrator
Gumby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 10,146
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.

Thanks for the link. I suppose I should develop a similar schedule just to make sure no mischief is afoot.
__________________
Living an analog life in the Digital Age.
Gumby is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.
Old 06-09-2006, 04:24 PM   #6
Full time employment: Posting here.
Arif's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 761
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.

I hope I don't get that letter in the mail. :

BTW- I couldn't get that link to work. Is it just me?
__________________
You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.
Arif is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.
Old 06-09-2006, 04:33 PM   #7
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Leonidas's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Where the stars at night are big and bright
Posts: 2,847
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Arif
I hope I don't get that letter in the mail. :

BTW- I couldn't get that link to work. Is it just me?
I was hoping the same thing but it was not meant to be. I have the same link bookmarked and it worked for me. Try just typing in www.annualcreditreport.com and see if that works.

I started getting annual credit reports last year - I want to say that all but one gave me my FICO score for free. My anniversary date for the one year is this week, so I'll go ahead and order another freebie now. While I'm doing that I may check out the "for a fee" services that the three major agencies have. I think that at least one of them had a check your credit anytime deal coupled with fraud alerts/credit monitoring.
__________________
There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it. - Andrew Jackson
Leonidas is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.
Old 06-09-2006, 05:09 PM   #8
Early-Retirement.org Founder
Developer of FIRECalc
dory36's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 1,826
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Leonidas
Came home from riding the bike and stopped off to check the mail.* Right on top was a letter from the VA with the notice of "important information" inside.* Yep, I'm a victim of Captain Doofus putting my info on his/her laptop and carrying it home.* Small comfort that I have twenty something other million vets to join in my misery.*

So, any other vets get their letters yet?* And, if so, are you doing anything different to protect your credit?
Mine came today too.

If someone steals my identity, can I have a different one next time?
__________________
Often uninformed, seldom undecided.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain
dory36 is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.
Old 06-09-2006, 06:20 PM   #9
Full time employment: Posting here.
Arif's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 761
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.

Quote:
I was hoping the same thing but it was not meant to be. I have the same link bookmarked and it worked for me. Try just typing in www.annualcreditreport.com and see if that works.
hmmmm maybe they block my access because I'm accessing it from out of the US. I get the same thing from napster. I'll have my bank pull the reports.
__________________
You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.
Arif is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.
Old 06-09-2006, 07:01 PM   #10
Moderator Emeritus
Nords's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Oahu
Posts: 26,617
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Arif
hmmmm maybe they block my access because I'm accessing it from out of the US.
I don't know if you're using IE/Windows, but if the status bar counts up to one or two green rectangles before pausing and then gives up-- you've been blocked.

We got our letters yesterday. We were due for our four-month credit report anyway, so I'm going to wait another month to give the crooks a chance to work through the alphabet avoid the rush.
__________________
*
*

The book written on E-R.org, "The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement", on sale now! For more info see "About Me" in my profile.
I don't spend much time here anymore, so please send me a PM. Thanks.
Nords is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.
Old 06-10-2006, 09:21 AM   #11
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Bimmerbill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,631
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.

Got mine too. I do the 1 credit report every 3/4 month thing, so I will be watching.

Did you notice one of the veterans groups filed a class action lawsuit asking for $1k for each of us?
__________________
Bimmerbill is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.
Old 06-11-2006, 06:10 AM   #12
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 118
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.

Which group and how do I get on the list?
__________________
runnerr is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.
Old 06-11-2006, 06:47 AM   #13
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Bimmerbill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,631
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.

I think the VFW.
__________________
Bimmerbill is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.
Old 06-11-2006, 08:51 AM   #14
Full time employment: Posting here.
Arif's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 761
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.

Why is it when corporate america screws up and lets our information out the offer free credit watching, etc. But when the government screws up they say be careful and good luck monitoring your credit? At a minimum the government should offer the same kinds of protection as the private sector.
__________________
You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.
Arif is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.
Old 06-12-2006, 12:02 PM   #15
Full time employment: Posting here.
CCdaCE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 887
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.


... and there's nothing like getting charged $ for something that someone else tracks, but you are totally responsible for.

Lets see, I have to pay to see a rating system that someone else developed, but I am a slave to?

Blah. Communism!

-CC
__________________
"There's those thinkin' more or less, less is more, but if less is more, how you keepin' score?
It means for every point you make, your level drops. Kinda like you're startin' from the top..." "Society" - Eddie Vedder
CCdaCE is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.
Old 06-12-2006, 01:26 PM   #16
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 136
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.

I got my letter from the VA today...

Gonzo
__________________
Life is a beach... and then you die.
Gonzo is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.
Old 06-12-2006, 04:11 PM   #17
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.

My guess is that they sent out letters to all veterans. I got a letter today.


Absent from the FAQ section was the most important question of all. "Was my name actually in the stolen names? No mention of cutoff dates etc.

Answer to the above FAQ - "We don't have a Fricken Clue!"
__________________
  Reply With Quote
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.
Old 06-12-2006, 04:16 PM   #18
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 152
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.

Decided to check my mail after reading this post.. Sure enough I got one as well.
__________________
trixs is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.
Old 06-12-2006, 04:25 PM   #19
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso) Give me a forum ...
REWahoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 42,107
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.

Me too. I separated from the military in 1978. :P

__________________
Numbers is hard

When I hit 70, it hit back

Retired in 2005 at age 58, no pension
REWahoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.
Old 06-12-2006, 06:18 PM   #20
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 1,375
Re: Got my letter from the V.A.

Quote:
Originally Posted by REWahoo!
Me too.* I separated from the military in 1978. :P

I bid Sayornara to the U.S M.C. after a 4 year tour in 1957. I haven't received a letter.
I want my damn letter!

Maybe it's in the "dead file".
__________________

__________________
Jarhead* is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Letter from the Smithsonian MasterBlaster Other topics 7 12-14-2006 07:29 PM
Got a letter from Fidelity today... cute fuzzy bunny FIRE and Money 19 04-11-2006 06:47 PM
Buffett 2005 letter out Delawaredave FIRE and Money 9 03-05-2006 03:24 PM
Letter from the IRS REWahoo Other topics 17 08-06-2005 10:56 AM
Letter to America Guest Other topics 15 12-07-2004 09:50 AM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:31 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.