This privacy thing

My cell phone rang a few minutes ago. It was my cell phone company (how’d they get my number?) calling to ask me when I was going to pay a bill.

I said “What bill?  I have paid every bill I’ve received.”

She said, “Well, you haven’t paid.”

I said, “I get an email or a cell phone call when I am due to pay. I paid last month, when I got my email. I’m not supposed to pay until this month, and I haven’t gotten any bill in the mail, as a text, as an email or even a knock on the door. ”

She said, “Oh, by the way, what is the last 4 digits of your husband’s SS#?”

I rack my brain for the right series of numbers–go through both of our ss#s, our telephone number and my high school locker combination and then tell her.

She then says, “Yeah, that’s right. I need to verify your address but I can only do it with your husband–for privacy issues.” (So, I’m thinking why did I give her the last 4 digits of the ss# only for her to tell me that?)

“But, I’ve seen all of his privates. Really, it’s okay, he won’t mind if we talk about his address.”

“Sorry, I need him to call me and tell me it’s okay.”

I said, “Okay, what if I call back with a deeper voice and tell you that it’s okay to talk to me about our address?”

“No, just get him to call.”

“But, I know where he was born, his mom’s maiden name, his favorite team, and all of his passwords, isn’t that enough?”




6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Luisa
    Sep 20, 2007 @ 12:38:30

    I find the whole thing a little creepy.

  2. Debbie
    Sep 20, 2007 @ 14:40:06

    “But, I’ve seen all of his privates. Really, it’s okay, he won’t mind if we talk about his address.”

    (Not just amused but full out gut- wrenching belly laughter)

    It would have spiced things up a bit if she responded with, “ok, tell me about his privates and I will tell you if it matches what we have on file.”

  3. Luisa
    Sep 20, 2007 @ 14:45:26

    RJL, email me. I can’t figure out how to email you, and I have a question.

  4. tobeme
    Sep 21, 2007 @ 08:44:58

    Funny! You tried! Ha, ha!

  5. Madmad
    Sep 21, 2007 @ 09:27:25

    A little suspicious, if you ask me… no?

  6. rjlight
    Sep 21, 2007 @ 09:33:05

    Luisa — creepy, huh?
    Debbie — I should have said that!
    tobeme– hey, I tried, now they have given me a “secret” code that enables me to update my address!
    Madman — our world is wacko

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