Help me fend off the cyber brigands (and persuade my family that they need help)! [more inside]
The other day my 13 year old received an application for a Discover Card in the mail. At the time, I dismissed it as junk mail. Trans Union mentions that receiving applications may be a sign of a problem, and even has a site related to the issue here. While diving into a fraud investigation request for one application seems overkill, how common is this, and at what point does one start monitoring all this? [more inside]
Are there any legitimate reasons why a person in India might be asked to provide a copy of their British aunt's id?
Are there any legitimate reasons why a person in India might be asked to provide a copy of their British aunt's id? [more inside]
Is there any risk involved in giving my university student ID and password to an acquaintance? [more inside]
Building on this FPP, I'd like to start writing fiction about multiple internet identities. Is anyone else wrting about this?
WTF? I just Googled myself and someone has a site that is www.myname.com and it looks like a blog that is aggregating (or producing) articles which are similar to those that I've written and published elsewhere. [more inside]
Agitated at being at my small liberal arts college. Not sure how much is me, how much is college, how much is the "real world". Please give it to me bluntly. [more inside]
Credit monitoring? Identity theft protection? Wouldn't it have been cheaper to just encrypt the data?
A few months ago, SAIC lost a backup tape with the names, social security numbers, addresses, and medical treatment information of roughly 5 million TRICARE patients in the San Antonio, TX area between 1992 and 2011. My name was amongst them, and I'm being offered a year of "credit monitoring and restoration services" as compensation. Are there any downsides to taking it? Any real upsides? [more inside]
Someone is applying for an auto loan using my identity. What now? [more inside]
It's a little complicated, but it's about identity and renting. [more inside]
I think I was (almost) a victim of identity theft. What should I do next? [more inside]
I have a consultation with a plastic surgeon in NYC to talk about tattoo removal next week. I made the appointment based on unanimously glowing reviews posted online. Now, reading through the reviews again, I've been struck by certain details that make me wonder if these comments are mostly an astroturfing campaign. I've been waiting awhile for my appointment, so I don't want to cancel if I'm just being paranoid. Help me out, Mefi Sleuths. [more inside]
What's the best way to handle an electronic signature on a website-hosted submission form? [more inside]
What does it mean when someone self-identifies as a Yugoslav as opposed to a Serb, Croat, etc? [more inside]
A year after college, I finally have a job and a place to live. And, oh god, now what do I do?! [more inside]
How do you let go of negative self-identify when it feels like letting go of yourself? [more inside]
I feel like I just have moment-to-moment mindsets; that I have no underlying unitary will. Help? [more inside]
My younger brother is doing a Peace Corp stint in Senegal. His host family (with whom he's staying while he learns the language) has taken to calling him by the name of their son of the same age. While I'm sure this is a gesture of welcoming, I find it very odd. Is this customary? What's the convention and where does it come from. [more inside]
I feel like I am turning into a crotchety old woman about newcomers in my town and I am only 25 years old. Help me get this chip off my shoulder. [more inside]
I'm looking for classroom games and activities on the subject of culture and identity. [more inside]
Who is this chap? [more inside]
How do I deal with my partner drastically changing his appearance in response to his baldness, and the way it affects my attraction to him? [more inside]
This is a little complicated, but it is about identity and employment. [more inside]
What do you know about "identity transference"? I'd like to find more materials on it, be it films like Ingar Bergman's Persona, songs ("I'm slowing turning into you" by the white stripes?), or fiction/nonfiction writings.
How do I learn to accept my gender? [more inside]
Is there a simple solution for logging into one website under two identities simultaneously using the same (preferably Firefox) browser window during the same session? [more inside]
Which TV series featured a man with amnesia as its protagonist, following him as he tries to figure out who he is throughout the course of the series? [more inside]
What are the practical and ethical issues regarding using pen names on internet sites that expect people to use their real name?
What are the practical and ethical issues regarding using pen names on internet sites that expect people to use their real name? [more inside]
What has helped you get through the identity crisis that sometimes occurs in your twenties/thirties? What has helped you form your sense of who you are as an entity separate from your parents/schooling? [more inside]
Being a vegetarian for 18 years comes with a whole lot of identity issues and emotional baggage. How do you let that go and start eating meat again? [more inside]
Does anyone have any recommendations for films, performance art pieces, or shorts with the subject matter of women's identity politics in the South? [more inside]
when considering 'time/space', and then identifying 'time frames' as a discrete property of this. is it appopriate to then say 'time/space' and 'not time/space' share the common property of 'time frames' ?
Can I abruptly start hyphenating my last name? [more inside]
ID theft? I received a W2 from a company I've never heard of. [more inside]
I'm an Englishman married to a Lithuanian - so we have 2 different, though similar, alphabets between us - how can we orthographically regularise our surnames? Alternative spellings? Double-barrelled names? [more inside]
Webcomic, drawn in a typical newspaper cartoon panel style, sort of raunchy, with a douche-bag main character who is sex obsessed. Ongoingstories, not gag panels Every weekend there is a retro strip, of the same character as a boy. What is it?
Can I sue my former employer for leaking my social security number, email address and physical address? [more inside]
While some bands still have logos|symbols, they do not seem to be as essential a part of the band identity as they were in the seventies. What was it about the seventies music culture that encouraged the extensive use of band logos and symbols? [more inside]
Is it a mistake to miss being 'cool' at 30? [more inside]
Does anyone have any advice? A week ago I bought a $450 TV via Walmart and got it sent to a local store in Maryland via its site-to-store service. I was going to pick it up this weekend when I'm renting a truck to move into a new apartment. However when I checked the website yesterday it had stated that it has already been collected by me last Saturday. I did not pick the TV up. [more inside]
What are your suggestions for successful/interesting mixed-use architecture projects? Bonus points for ones in New York City. [more inside]
Having a minor freak out about identity theft, and looking for advice on making sure all my online information is as secure as possible. [more inside]
What damage control measures can I do for selling my PC on eBay which was only partially wiped? Yes, I know how stupid this was. [more inside]
So my name's been evicted from an apartment I've never lived in. And yet nothing appears on my credit report. What do I do? [more inside]
Mysterious shipment and possible fraud - would appreciate advice! [more inside]
If you use different usernames for different websites, how do you keep track of it all? [more inside]
To my amazement I just received notice of an Intention To Prosecute by my local UK police authority. What's surprising isn't the speeding ticket but the fact that it is dated and timed to a morning when my car was peacefully sitting on the driveway outside my bedroom window, listening to my snoring. [more inside]
How to dispose of old canceled checks? Can't shred 'em or burn 'em. [more inside]
Someone in another state used my SSN to open credit in his name (not my name or address). Then this guy skipped out on the bills. Now the bank has tried to garnish my wages at my job by via my SSN. My job told the bank to get lost, basically, since I'm not the guy in question. Still, there's this matter of my SSN being used by this guy. I've checked my credit reports and there's nothing there that shouldn't be and I've placed fraud alerts with the three credit reporting agencies. What should I do next? [more inside]
Facebook is showing a naked picture of my back (with a distinctive tattoo) on one of their banner ads. I did not authorize and do not like this. What can I do about it? [more inside]