Sunday, May 31, 2009

Writing at Will: Read at Your Own Risk

No time to edit- so don't bitch to me if there are typos-- I don't care right now. If your cool with a few gramatical errors for now, then so am I. THAT is progress... so read at your own risk. I've got hundreds of these memos and I don't feel like going through them all... Twanks May 31, 2009

Many things in the financial world do not make sense. Such as having my tax return rejected from the IRS because someone had filed a tax return using my social security number.

Countless calls to the IRS, and although they were able to identify the person who had used my number fraudulently, they would not release that information to me so I could file a police report for identity theft (as I was instructed to do by regulatory authorities.) It took the IRS 9 months to send my refund, something that most people receive in less than 2 weeks.

Therefore, after about a decade of this situation, and going through the motions year after year, to provide alternative forms of Income verification, I think I am well within my rights to be a little agitated.

This year I will be fling for an extension, as other related issues are currently under investigation.

Now I do not have much money, in fact, I do not have any, but I find white-collar crime despicable and repulsive.

When taken into account the substantial cost to society, not to mention the havoc it wreaked on my life, I respectfully think that maybe you should not assume that someone is making false claims just because you do not think it sounds "right."

Many things do not "sound right" however, that does not mean they are not true. Gotta go now, I have a date with eBay too auction my social security card to the highest bidder. Clearly, it is not worth anything to me so long as the authorities fail to do their part in ENFORCING the laws associated with Identity theft. Sure, it is easy to blame the victim as being irresponsible or somehow negligent in these situations, however I will refer you to some fascinating research that has been done on the emotional consequences of Identity theft. The cost is far more than just an issue of financial discomfort; it is something that can ultimately leave you questioning your own identity.

It should be noted that Identity Theft is a criminal matter, so whatever costs associated with such events, the victim is not reimbursed for any of the monies that they have lost in as a result. Sure I could file a civil suit, but the IRS does not tell you who is using your Soc even when they find out.

It would be nice to be reimbursed for the costs of having your life hijacked for 14 years out of 36. To have your world stop and completely disrupted by something that is ultimately completely beyond your control.

I do NOT have an external locus of control by nature, however for those who believe you are the master of your own domain, let me assure you that shit happens. Seligman, learbed helplessness, like a rat in a cage, or pecking away on an intermittent reimbursement schedule just hoping to find a pellet.

It happens more often than you think, and it is a complicated, intricate, and time intensive to resolve such crimes. It is like trying to unravel multiple sets Christmas lights only to find that after you have put the time in, the damn things don't even work; and 2. Having to test each and every mini bulb in the chain to find the weakest link.

Now I don't fuck with Christmas lights, one I'm a Jew, 2. I think they're tacky as hell, and 3. I have OCD OCD OCD- with fear of fire at the top of the list!

I once waited two years after moving in to along the one. They don't work the details only to find yourself in more complicated... To be continued...

Edd, Ed.M.
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