It started with a small car accident. My husband was driving our tiny car and I was in the passenger seat. He missed a stop sign and applied the brakes - alas - to late - to avoid the slow slide into a large car with the right of way. We are thankful that nobody was hurt. Our car was fine. The car my husband hit is having to get body work. My husband must pay a traffic ticket since he was the responsible party. We contacted our car insurance company upon arrival home.
It was midnight - maybe about 8 hours after our initial phone call to our insurance company that the harassment by phone began. We live in an Eastern Standard Time zone. The number that appeared on our caller id indicated a California area code followed by the rest of the caller's number. No messages are left. Night after night at midnight.
About a week after the accident, I opened a huge commercial junk mail envelope with the conspicuous return address belonging to a larger-than-life firm of personal injury attorneys with multiple offices. There were trashy coupons for their services, a refrigerator magnet, a business card and a disk that I wouldn't let near my computer if my life depended on it. However, the truly frightening item from the envelope that has triggered this story concerns what appears to be a 4 page "Traffic Crash Report." I wasn't born yesterday, so I'm overly aware that just about any kind of personal information can be public and therefore can be purchased. Just some observations: in reality, my husband and I have a joint car insurance policy. However, the Certificate of Title and the updated Registration is listed in my husband's name. The envelope from the ambulance chasers was addressed to just me and lacked our apartment number. The "Traffic Crash Report" was an almost identical copy of my husband's ticket. The following appears to have been redacted from the ticket - the last 4 digits of my husband's social security number. Also redacted from my husband's ticket were the instructions of how to pay the ticket and the amount of the ticket. The following individuals' personal information portrayed by the advertising law firm is as follows: four persons consisting of two passengers (one passenger in each car), the names of the two persons who had been at their respective wheels, two persons' drivers' license numbers, four dates of births, two plate numbers, two addresses, four phone numbers,(the advertising law firm managed to screw up one person's number by displaying it as belonging to another person listed in this "Traffic Crash Report") and two names of the insurance companies. Right now, ANYONE who has accessed the above information, would have ALL of the necessary personal information to falsely register to vote specifically using the names of the drivers of both of the vehicles involved in the crash.