Have you lost something lately? How about your identity?

Identity on a stick - Memory stick holding an identity.
@bounce58 (17526)
Canada
March 4, 2010 5:14pm CST
I know this is a bit redundant, but I wanted to post something about losing something. Maybe I'll get peace of mind here in myLot. I recently lost a memory stick that I always keep in my pocket. I have a suspicion that it fell off my pocket as I was grabbing my car keys. I just don't know where. I am a bit worried because not only does this stick contained a copy of my resumes, it also had scans of my passport and a void check. I think it even has scans of my paycheck. I know that it has pictures of my kids too. So, in between hitting my head on the wall for losing this memory stick, I monitor my bank accounts online for any suspicious activity. In this technology age, I know that it would be easy for anyone to steal my identity if they ever get hold of that stick. So, have you lost something of this importance before? Are you worried of identity theft? Thud! Oops! Time to hit my head again.
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12 responses
• Philippines
4 Mar 10
Hi bounce, Chill out, easy for me to say, but you can do it. Bounce out of your worries and try to think of what makes you happy. Don't strive to lose more energy by dwelling on your loss. After all, nothing is ever really lost. Things either get misplaced or get into the wrong hands. You miss your memory stick? Memory resides in the brain. Your resume? You knew how to make one, you can make more. You have not forgotten how to do it. You may be unable to recall it for now because your brain is preoccupied with worry. But mind you, "worry only gives a small problem a bigger shadow." You have the original copy of your passport, the check has been voided and your kids are alive and well. With a 12-inch knife at the parking lot, a guy caused my purse to change residence into his hands. In it were my green card, social security card, reading glasses, driver license and credit cards. I called the cops immmediately so that a police report could be made, thereby protecting myself from identity theft. It was a huge hassle, going to immigrations, social security, DMV, etc, but what could I do, that's life. Things could be worse, but let's look at the brighter side of life. Bounce, don't worry, be happy!
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
6 Mar 10
Thanks bamikalipal. Your response really make sense. Maybe I'm just really pre-occupied with the loss, overshadowing the fact that whatever I lost in that memory stick I could re-create easily. I know that identity theft is a big thing, but dwelling on spilled milk is also relatively big in terms of negativity. Great that you've survive your experience with the 12-inch knife, and the person wielding it. I should and I would look at the brighter side of life.
• Philippines
6 Mar 10
Good morning bounce, thank you for your kind response. I knew you could bouce back to your old optimistic self. Keep doing that and the very best of luck to you. :)
@jewels49 (1783)
• United States
5 Mar 10
I would be a little worried in your place, especially since my personal info was out there somewhere I was unsure of. Maybe you will get as lucky as I did last week when my son lost an envelope containing 50.00 in cash.After retracing his steps to no avail we concluded that the money was gone. All that was on the envelope were the words avon money from a customer of mine. Two hours after I wrote it off as lost the door bell rings and an employee from one of the local grocery stores is standing at my door telling me he had found the envelope on the street and had gone door to door in every business on our street to see if someone had come in looking for it. Employees at the other store remembered my son coming in and told him where to find me. He apologized for opening the envelope hoping to find more identification and refused any reward. When I told his employer what a great guy he was I was informed that this young man's money troubles are considerable and that he has spent the last month without power due to his circumstances. Talk about renewing ones faith in man kind?
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@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
6 Mar 10
Hi J, I think people like these are really lucky and will be rewarded in life. It does renew one's faith in man kind if he went to lengths as knocking door to door. $50 might be small for others but he knew it's value, and his resolve not to be tempted is very admirable. ...did you see that Datsyuk goal on Ellis? He looked like he was dancing on the doorstep. That's what I call pretty!
• United States
5 Mar 10
I haven't lost anything that important ... yet! I'm so sorry to hear about your troubles. I don't worry about identity theft. I hate my real name , they are welcome to it , lol!
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@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
6 Mar 10
Haha! After reading your response about the shirt that makes you a b1tch in 15 seconds, this actually made me laugh. Thanks for dropping by Sarah.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
5 Mar 10
Hello! Well I am sorry you lost your memory stick. I don't like those things as I am afraid I would drop them and lose them. Well All I can say is monitor those bank accounts of yours, and maybe when the stick got dropped it was kicked and then discarded, or too damaged to get anything off of it? Or maybe a good samaritan will come along and bring it back to you?
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@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
6 Mar 10
Hi SomeCowgirl. Normally I wouldn't have any problems having a memory stick, as I would normally be feeling it in my pocket every minute or so. I just couldn't remember this time. I might have just dropped it somewhere. All I can pray for is that it gets destroyed if it is not picked up by a good samaritan. Thanks.
@Hatley (164639)
• Garden Grove, California
4 Mar 10
hi bounce yes I lost my checkbook one day in Von grocery store and somehow the person who found it wentto the store to get my name and address then wandered around our complex until he found my apartment and asked me if I was Patsie Hatley and of course I assured him I was. He said, I think you will be needingthis and held out my check book to me. I was so surprised and so pleased to met a really honest man. I shook his hand and told him i really appreciated his bringing it to me as I had not known I had dropped it.
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@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
6 Mar 10
I guess you were lucky that an honest person found your checkbook. I bet otherwise, or about 95% of the time that you'd have checking account problems if somebody not so honest found your checks. Specially at these times where earning money is a bit difficult. I'm sure good karma would also find that guy, and something nice would also be done for him. Even without him knowing it. Thanks Hatley.
@allknowing (66652)
• India
5 Mar 10
I am in the process of losing my wits what with having to do all the domestic chores as I have no maids though a temporary phase but it is driving me crazy. I have always had help around and now suddenly having to handle everything is not my cup of tea!!
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
6 Mar 10
Well, welcome to my world allknowing. Losing this memory stick, with all my identity information is on top of all the chores that I do at home. To say that this week has been stressful is an understatement. Thanks for the response.
@allknowing (66652)
• India
6 Mar 10
You have come out with flying colours and with distinction too. Losing a memory stick is no small feat!!!compared to this doing domestic chores fades into insignificance!!
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Mar 10
my resolve?
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
5 Mar 10
That I lost a long time ago. Wanted a new one, just don't know where to get it.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
5 Mar 10
@ksherrie (891)
• Singapore
6 Mar 10
lol.... I have always lost time and energy... spent it on something not worth while and didnt realise it till too late.. sign. How many space are there in your memory stick? you can always get those with passwords nowadays... I like to think that someone who picked it up might just use it as another memory stick of his/her own... LOL... in this technology stage, people might be naive enough to just use it as what it is, a memory stick. so if after a few more days of lookout, and nothing suspicious or weird to your bank accounts, i think you can conclude, that it is just being used as another memory stick to contain some other important stuff... Or you may just find it in your next spring cleaning! LOL.. haha
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
7 Mar 10
You are so right ksherrie. Sometimes we lose time and energy on something we don't have control about. This loss of mine has already been out of my control. I shouldn't be spending more time and energy about it. But it does make for a good discussion here in myLot. Thanks for responding.
@phoenix8606 (4978)
5 Mar 10
hi! when I saw the title of your discussion the answer just came to my mind, and I wanted to say:" Go and see my last discussion about that being yourself and you will find the answer" , but when I read it, i saw it is something different than that what I thought it is. And so till now I have lost my identity just once, several months ago, when I lost my passport/ID card, and I was really worried about it, because there are different people, from all kinds, and I really didn't knew who can find it and what ca he/she do with it. and I am really still hoping that it will not happen a thing, i mean some thing bad with it!
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
6 Mar 10
Thanks for understanding phoenix8606. I know you understand what I'm feeling right now. It is difficult. Like you I wish nothing bad will happen to it. Hope you have a great day!
@yresh12 (3222)
• Philippines
5 Mar 10
I haven't tried that. What you lost is very valuable and if it could go to the wrong hands you will be in big trouble. I hope that anyone who has seen your stick will just erase all the info on it..That's much better than the one who saw it pretends to be you...
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
6 Mar 10
Yes, that's what I wish too. That if ever my stick is found by anyone, I hope that they'll just destroy it. I hope I don't get victimized by identity theft. Thanks for the response yresh12.
• United States
4 Mar 10
I lost my ever lasting mind is all. I loaned out two sums of money I may not get back. I am so pissed off with myself about this. I feel bad for you losing your info like this. Not being happy you lost it but If you did I hope it fell in a sewer. This way it will be nothing anyone could get by time it's found. keep looking for it as well.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
5 Mar 10
That's what I actually am hoping for. The picture I am visualizing is that I dropped it on a parking lot somewhere and some car just run over it. When you say 'may', does that mean there is still hope you can get the money back? I hope you do. Money is never worth losing your mind over, whatever the amount.
• United States
4 Mar 10
I lose alot of items every month. (Not big special items) Try to think about what you want more than what you don't want
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
5 Mar 10
Thanks gogierm4ge.