Identity Theft - Not the Holiday I was Expecting!
So, I have been reading lots of your posts about how you spent the holidays with your family and friends and had a wonderful time, and I can't help but feel so lost and confused and completley violated.
I woke up on Christmas Eve to a bank account with a minus in the thousands of dollars, and I mean THOUSANDS. I immediately called my bank to put my accounts on hold and find out what was going on.
Upon further investigation, this was extremely hard considering everything was closed for Christmas, and I really had to do some digging - it turns out that I have been a victim of identity theft.
I have made a police report, and spent all of Christmas sorting paperwork out and creating somewhat of a paper trail.
It goes back to a job that I applied for awhile ago on the other side of the country. I did two interviews with this so called company and they called me a few days later to offer me the position. At the time, I accepted - expecting to work from home.
After I sent them my information for employment I began the orientation process which included watching videos, completing tasks, and basic admin duties - this is actually a legit healthcare company, however, scammers have created a website that it identical to the original and I guess I got caught up in there somehow and they took all of my information awhile back.
The position didn't end up working out after I accepted it - but I guess it was already too late.
Any money that I did have is gone, and I have an appointment with my bank tomorrow to sort out what is going on - the police here think that I will infact be on the hook for paying this amount back because I did give my information out to these people (even if I didn't know it was a scam.)
The tears just won't stop pouring from my eyes and I am feeling so trapped. I went to the store this morning to get milk for tea and I didn't even realize that I couldn't pay for it until I was at the till.
I now have to look in to my social insurance number being given out, and whatever else. I feel that this is just the tip of the iceberg.
I guess this is very eye opening to be careful online and always check out what you are doing, because you never know who can get ahold of your information.
I know this isn't WA related, however, I needed to vent somewhere. So here it is.
Hoping for a better day tomorrow.