I think one of my (divorced) parents may have withdrawn legally shared assets and the other parent may be unaware. What is my moral responsibility in this situation, or is it none of my business? Complexities inside. [more inside]
posted by corb
on Apr 16, 2014 -
I'm having a battle of ownership over a cat.
Back on January 29, when it was -50 C, I found a very cold and very friendly kitty on the street outside my house. I brought him inside, shut him up in my spare bedroom and stuck up lost cat posters all over the neighborhood. After two weeks with no response I took him to the vet, got his first shots and had him tested for FHIV, and started introducing him to my female kitty. That night I got a call from his owners, a (very poor, aboriginal) family who live in a small apartment on the corner facing my house. I took him back to them, told them that I'd had some of his shots done and that he'd need to be fixed; I gave them the name of the low-income clinic that does it for 25 bucks, and told the kid that I'd be happy to pay for the rest of the shots, too. I also told them that he shouldn't be outside in this cold.
Then I went to Vancouver for February break. [more inside]
posted by jrochest
on Apr 6, 2014 -
I just got a job close enough to my home in Toronto that I can ride my bike to it. Yay! But is it likely to get stolen? [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat
on Apr 1, 2014 -
Spurred by the MtGox implosion thread and by a TV episode in which "real", presumably USD funds in US banks were stolen by an evildoer who illegally transferred the money elsewhere, I am wondering: What protections do US dollars in FDIC-insured US banks have against fraudulent electronic transfers? Would a victim of such a theft be likely to see all, some, or none of the stolen money reimbursed by an insurance policy?
posted by jepler
on Mar 4, 2014 -
So my friend and I have a blog with original content, and someone's stealing/reposting our material wholesale without proper attribution or even a link back to where they've nicked it. [more inside]
posted by agog
on Feb 26, 2014 -
Main details inside.. but the title pretty much says it. IRS and potential repo men involved. [more inside]
posted by rich
on Feb 3, 2014 -
my day bag was stolen from a train in delhi. contents: my camera (and all the pictures from my trip), a handheld digital audio recorder, my journal of the last week, an ipod, my glasses, and a lot of other stuff that i can't imagine anyone would care about. what's my next move? [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire
on Feb 2, 2014 -
So, one week ago I posted an ad on the website "HotPads", advertising my house in Portland for rent, for $2395. A few days later, I noticed that someone had posted a duplicate ad of my listing, but for $1900. People then started knocking on my door (the address on my ad), all saying the same thing -- telling me about a guy in Brooklyn, NY, who is USING MY NAME, posing as me, sending people emails and talking with them on the phone, trying to scam them into sending him a deposit for my house. Gah! [more inside]
posted by dacoit
on Jan 29, 2014 -
My SO became desperate for some encryption software, and couldn't wait for me to answer a text. She Binged, and downloaded something questionable that wasn't Adobe. She then clicked on a link in the questionable software and found a tech support number. She called the number, and turned remote access of the computer over to questionable tech support, that wanted more info to have her pay for tech support. She refused, but did grant remote access to the computer.
My main concern is that some unknown actor had remote access for possibly as long as several hours. There was almost no data on the netbook, which was purchased just a few weeks ago. But my SO had a USB drive plugged in that had a lot of sensitive data on it.
How FUBAR are we?
posted by anonymous
on Jan 18, 2014 -
I have had the same house cleaner every two weeks for close to 20 years with no issues. He is very honest. The main guy comes every time and I trust him enough to have a key to my house, but his crew of 2 or 3 that accompanies him seems to change. On Sunday night I wore a diamond pendant and 3 not-valuable stacking rings. I recall removing them and placing them in the drawer where they live when I'm not wearing them. The cleaning people came Wednesday. I went to wear them again today (Friday) and found the necklace and one of the three stacking rings missing. [more inside]
posted by cecic
on Nov 22, 2013 -
So, it would appear that I am the victim of identity theft. What am I forgetting to do? [more inside]
posted by SquidLips
on Oct 15, 2013 -
Someone messed with my parked bike today, and I'm not sure if they were just extremely incompetent thieves or if they were some jerk trying to make my bike surreptitiously unsafe. [more inside]
posted by caaaaaam
on Oct 7, 2013 -
Our car was stolen. Police here seem to shrug it off. Is there anything else I should or could be doing, or just take it as a rather abrupt lesson in the transience of possessions? [more inside]
posted by sixtyten
on Sep 26, 2013 -
I live in a converted house with three apartments. When taking out some extremely old trash the other day, I noticed that one of my neighbor's trash bags contained one of my old issues of the NY Review of Books. That is, the magazine went from the mail in the front area to his apartment without passing through mine. How should I address this? Angry letter? Passive agression? Calling my landlord? Postal Inspection Service? Just let it slide? (Since the mail is collected by whatever tenant takes in the mail, a secure mailbox system seems infeasible.)
posted by anonymous
on Aug 13, 2013 -
Has there been any development in the market for a LoJack-type tracking and recovery system... for bicycles? [more inside]
posted by wubbie
on Jul 25, 2013 -
Looking for advice on how to recover stolen property if I know the thief's identity but the police won't act. [more inside]
posted by aqhong
on Jul 19, 2013 -
My sister's laptop was taken by the super after she died. The locks were changed and he was the only person who was in and out of the apartment. Two days after she died someone started using the laptop. They used it on and off for two weeks and then it was returned to the apartment 1 day before I arrived to clean the place out. It was, 1 day before I returned, destroyed by submerging in water. [more inside]
posted by creiszhanson
on Jun 27, 2013 -
Have you had an immobilizer-equipped car stolen? By immobilizer, I mean the cars (typically post-2006) that have a ROM chip in the key which is required for authentication to start the engine. If so, how was it stolen? If you have such a car, has someone attempted to steal it and failed due to the factory-equipped immobilizer?
posted by thewalrus
on Jun 11, 2013 -
I have been robbed three times in the past 7 months. My lease ends July 31st, and I do not wish to pay one more month. I have expressed that I feel targeted and unsafe to the apartment complex, but they do not want to make a concession for me.
What rights, if any, do I have? Michigan is my location.
The apartments seemed safe when I chose them, but have turned into something else since.
posted by squirbel
on Jun 10, 2013 -
Hi! First post and I'm not sure if this is the right place for it but this is driving me crazy. I'm trying to find a music video from a few years ago. I can't remember the name of the artist or the song. There's a guy in it and he runs around New York tagging his name all over the place and there's a chase scene set in a revolving door. He steals stuff from everyone. A glove, a flower. I think he gives the flower to a homeless guy. He has curly hair and he's wearing a scarf over his mouth at the beginning. He meditates in Central Park and levitates for a little while and then he goes back to running around.
posted by 4bulafia
on Apr 7, 2013 -
Our house was broken into yesterday in broad daylight while we were at work. How can we feel safe again? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche
on Mar 16, 2013 -
My house was robbed while I was at work today. The thieves are long gone, and I've called the police. What's next? [more inside]
posted by harkin banks
on Mar 14, 2013 -
So, my debit card number has now been "compromised" twice in as many months. How am I supposed to approach security with cards nowadays? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise
on Mar 11, 2013 -
My Macbook Air was stolen this afternoon, with my gmail accounts open in browser windows. I logged out of all locations and changed passwords, requested a new credit card, and am planning to open new bank accounts (because I'd downloaded bank statements on a couple of occasions). What else should I do? Is there anything I can do remotely to track or wipe the computer if I (stupidly) hadn't installed anything to do that? What should I do to protect my work computer from the same fate? Thank you for your help!
posted by three_red_balloons
on Feb 15, 2013 -
My friend and I both had our debit card numbers stolen within 2 days of each other. Is it possible that we can trace this back to one sketchy business and does it even matter if we can? [more inside]
posted by Mrs.Spiffy
on Jan 10, 2013 -
As part of a thesis project for my masters degree, I had bookmarked a bunch of pages in Google Chrome. My laptop was stolen yesterday -- is there any way to get those bookmarks back? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb!
on Dec 5, 2012 -
Identity theft: is there any way for me to monitor for accounts opened without a credit check? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 1, 2012 -
Malware steals bonus points from rightful winners. True or False?
My SO has been harassed and de-be-friended on Facebook for stealong bonus points. She didn't do it. Or did she? [more inside]
posted by mule98J
on Nov 3, 2012 -
I need some help: I am almost convinced my former Executive level manager stole my identity and rented an apartment under my name where he is presently residing....what to do? [more inside]
posted by Wazooga
on Oct 8, 2012 -
I am from the U.S. -- my iphone4s was stolen in a touristy area of Barcelona earlier this week. No calls were made on the phone in the hours before I suspended my (at&t) account and changed my gmail etc. passwords. It was not passcode locked/ didn't have tracking apps, but as far as I could tell it wasn't used. My question is: What "typically/usually" happens to such stolen phones? are they wiped and used as cameras/itouch?
posted by mrmarley
on Sep 30, 2012 -
Is there a difference in the white or black iPhone's attractiveness to thieves-- to the point where it should influence my buying decision? [more inside]
posted by bchaplin
on Sep 28, 2012 -
Somebody has decided to remove most of my door handle in an attempt to get into my car, or in a fit of rage, or something. Will getting it repaired through my insurance make my rates go up? Should I try and fix it myself? [more inside]
posted by tehloki
on Sep 18, 2012 -
Burglary - 2 computers, and ALL of our documents. What steps to take? [more inside]
posted by Danf
on Aug 26, 2012 -
While on vacation in Dublin, Ireland, my cousins' cellphones and some cash were stolen from their hotel room. The hotel staff were less than helpful about the situation. How do they proceed? [more inside]
posted by elvissa
on Aug 17, 2012 -
My friend, a Canadian citizen, is visiting me here in Chicago. First day here, she had her messenger bag with her passport (and all her cash, and her laptop) stolen. Where the hell do we go from here? How do you get a Canadian with no ID a Canadian passport? How does she board her flight in a few days? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana
on Aug 2, 2012 -
I had to leave my bike at a rail station for a few days. When I picked it up again it felt funny on the way home, and a close inspection showed someone had swapped my rear wheel for another almost identical one. Can anyone familiar with bike theft explain what happened? It's not totally the same, but the rear cassette is identical, the tyre of the same good make but with a heavier tread. The original wasn't anything special - the stock Bontrager off a 6yo Trek 7.3 hybrid.
posted by cromagnon
on Jul 20, 2012 -
I am a Canadian tourist in London. I've had my purse stolen. What do I do? Actions already taken and details inside [more inside]
posted by jrochest
on Jul 8, 2012 -
Someone stole a potted plant off of my back porch. I'm assuming it was a neighbor or guest of a neighbor, because our alley is locked off. Anyway I am pretty sad and angry (who steals a plant??? It was a $2 farmer's market plant in a $15 pot), and also worried about my other plants. How can I protect them? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles
on Jun 18, 2012 -
Two of my neighbors have had objects stolen from their Toyotas (three cars in total), with no signs of a break-in and no alarm going off. Aside from the obvious "perhaps someone has a copy of the keys", any suggestions as to how they're doing it? [more inside]
posted by davejay
on Apr 11, 2012 -
I'm pretty sure I've found a guitar that was stolen from me at a music store franchise near me. They open in two hours. Any tips on how to handle this? [more inside]
posted by MrVisible
on Feb 23, 2012 -