Sarah + Tim

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Identity Theft Crisis Averted December 29, 2008

I’m sure we all know someone who’s been a victim of identity theft, but it would never happen to us, right?  One of the craziest stories I’ve heard is the woman who got a bill for a $40,000 foot amputation who still had both feet intact.  According to Readers Digest, with the rising cost of medical insurance, medical identity theft is a hot commodity.  So far, one third of the US population has been affected by identity theft.  This month, it happened to me.

itunesWe received a call one Sunday morning recently saying there has been a series of charges from iTunes on our American Express for the last several months, totally nearly $300!  I was wondering how the balance on a card I never used crept up so high…  Since I had changed over to paperless billing (bad idea), I never caught it.  I disputed the charges and since it was within the 90 day grace period, the money will be reimbursed on my next statement.  Phew!

Thankfully, I felt a lot better knowing that we have incredible identity theft restoration services through Pre-Paid Legal Services and Kroll.  Through the Identity Theft Shield, if our identity is ever compromised, instead of fixing it yourself, they take the wheel and put our identity back together again.  If this issue with iTunes hadn’t been solved so easily, this would have been our next offense.

So be wise!  In order to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft, be sure to keep an eye on your statements, shred and avoid purchasing online from unfamiliar websites.  Since our information is in many databases (school records, past jobs, government agencies) that can’t be avoided, it is smart to research and invest in identity theft restoration services to have the professionals watch your back, too.  Spread the word!

On a lighter note…  In the words of Dwight K. Shrute, identity theft is no laughing matter.  Except sometimes.

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Thanks, Tina!

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16 Favorite Albums March 19, 2008

Here are my top 16 favorite albums on iTunes in no particular order:

  1. Anna Nalick, Wreck of the Day – rock/popchantal_kreviazuk_ghost_stories_2006.jpg
  2. Josh Groban, Awake & Closer – easy listening
  3. Keane, Hopes and Fears – rock/pop
  4. Matchbox 20, Mad Season – rock
  5. David Gray, White Ladder – rock/pop piano
  6. Chantal Kreviazuk, Ghost Stories – rock/pop piano
  7. Norah Jones, Come Away With Me – jazz
  8. Regina Spektor, Begin to Hope – rock/pop piano
  9. Sarah McLachlan, Afterglow- pop pianofront.jpg
  10. DH, Utopia – dance (DH is a dear friend – listen online at www.dhutopia.com)
  11. The Carpenters, Christmas Portrait – Christmas
  12. Mariah Carey, Merry Christmas – Christmas
  13. Ella Fitzgerald, Ella Wishes You a Swingin’ Christmas – vocal jazz/Christmas
  14. Denzal Sinclaire, Denzal Sinclaire – jazzjorge_seu_cru.jpg
  15. Esjborne Svensson Trio (E.S.T.), Viaticum – instrumental jazz (an astounding Swedish jazz trio that played the Vancouver Jazz Fest in 2006)
  16. Lucia Micarelli, Music From a Farther Room – instrumental (this firecracker opened up for Josh Groban)
  17. Seu Jorge, Cru – Brazilian

What’s on your iPod?  Look forward to expanding my horizons with your recommendations 🙂