12 August 2017

Why Are Identity Theft Efforts Being Allowed to Continue

How many have become intolerant of the same repeated trash being dumped into their lives through a series of unreasonable facsimile identities being superimposed, replete with accompanying assumptions, conjectures, and accusations which bear little or no resemblance to anything one has said or done?  If so raise your hands high; raise your voices long and loud. 

Do the on-going identity theft efforts responsible for the problems ever stop? They could, IF the people creating the problems were to be apprehended.

This time mailboxes have also been broken into, not only in the neighborhood, but throughout the area, even throughout the entire city on an ongoing basis according to the post office.  And of course mail was stolen.  Where I live the days of the postal carrier bringing mail to the door are long gone - well, more precisely they never started.  However it is not that way everywhere in the city.   The locked neighborhood mailboxes in this area each serve approximately 12 households.  The problem is that they have always been seen as an invitation to be broken into by the criminally inclined. 

The post office has installed new boxes but has not yet issued keys after two weeks time.  Nor were people notified of what had happened, nor were we told we could pick up mail at the post office, nor were we told our keys would not work and that new keys would be issued . . . . but not in the foreseeable future.  Nor are phone numbers to the branches readily available.  Only packages are being delivered.  I learned all of this when I managed to catch the mail carrier who had delivered a box to my door, before he got away!  Talking to him gave rise to my sympathy, actually, due to his "deer in the headlights" look. Very clearly I was only one of many who had managed to catch him to ask about the problem, before he made good his get-away after leaving a package at the doorstep!

Sure, I had tried to call the local branch when I found the mailbox vandalized.  However, The same 800 number is given for all branches, nationwide, and anyone calling it ends up connecting with a call center in the region of India.  A call back is offered, but it requires listening to several menus and responding to choices that do not cover the reason one is calling.  Pushing 0, to cut to the chase and connect with a person too early in the process, before recitation of all the menus, does not work.  Instead, it requires starting over and listening to several menus before 0 actually does work!  And the call back?  Expect it between 35 and 55 minutes.  I got mine at the 40 minute mark from a young woman with an East Indian accent who provided a bogus number for my USPS branch.  Called it and it was a non-functional line.   Nice feature, the USPS callback -  but an untrustworthy useless time waste.

Because the community mailboxes serve the purpose of inviting crime, it would be less costly for USPS to do house to house delivery.  Thankfully, in our neighborhood there is little or no likelihood of dogs running loose to interfere with mail delivery.  So why not door to door?  The post office says vandalism of the boxes and theft of the mail are running rampant yet remain unchecked, without the city, county, or state doing anything about it.  But mail theft is only one aspect of the many problems associated with identity theft attempts.  

There is also a relentless, pervasive vicious electronic effort.  Only the NSA used to have the equipment and skill available for easily reaching into people's lives, invasively, with electronic surveillance.  These days the smart t.v. you watch is smart enough to be watching you!  And anyone so inclined can learn to easily and illegally access and monitor the information of other people through use of their own electronics, like phones and computers, which can be used to access entire home networks through the phones and computers of other people - an identity thief's paradise.  Do not even let me get started about the overwhelming quantity of scam phone calls which the dysfunctional government do-not-call list no longer stops!   If you answer and speak, scam callers record your voice to try to use for their identity theft attempts.

Clearly there is a need for law-abiding skilled investigators, with ethics and people skills, to deal with the problems of identity theft efforts.  Stopping the culprits before they succeed at doing more damage to more people has become mandatory.  Are those investigators who are on the job lacking in skill, or ethics, or are they themselves not law abiding?  Or is it a combination of any or all of these problems?  Or, something else too.

Years of getting it wrong, after extraordinarily long periods of time spent "investigating" the same problems, and the same people, repeatedly, are an indicator of 1) the investigators having been misdirected and/or 2) a need for competent investigators. Repeated investigating for endless periods of time result in what folks targeted by identity theft experience as unwarranted additional invasiveness and harassment.

Reasonable people have to wonder if both the identity theft efforts and/or the investigative  problems that do not get to the origin, stem from application of activities allowed by the patriot act, which so many have forgotten remains in effect.  It was intended to root out terrorism by making increased invasive surveillance of citizens easier, like obtaining of personal information without a judge's approval,"sneak and peek" searches not revealed until "later" whenever "later" might be.  It also enables indefinite detentions of immigrants.   There have been portions removed, reinstated, or reinstated under a different name.  The Department of Justice presentation soft peddles what it actually does that is objectionable: The USA PATRIOT Act: Preserving Life and Liberty (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism) and some portions are questioned by many as being unconstitutional.  The ACLU is more direct about it: Surveillance Under the Patriot Act.  It says terrorist activities discovered by it's use are between 0 and 1 percent.  The Wikipedia entry provides more details than either the ACLU or DOJ websites.   Oh, how Herbert Hoover would have loved the Patriot Act!

When investigation after investigation of identity theft, ad nauseum and seemingly ad infinitum,  repeatedly goes down the wrong path with no results, then clearly there is a misdirection problem. And clearly the misdirection originates with those who intend to benefit from being an obstacle to the investigations.

The amount and extent of repeated apparent misguided investigative efforts of identity theft, together with investigative incompetency, have become astounding.  Because of the breadth and depth of ongoing efforts that never get to the sources of the problem, could part of the problem be that they are government directed cases apparently motivated by someone, somewhere, wanting to blame crimes on people who bear no responsibility for them, thus endless surveillance occurs rather than getting to the bottom of the actual identity thieving?  Is part of the problem surveillance by governments of other nations?  Are identity theft efforts being carried out by citizens or residents of other nations which make investigating them more complex?  Because the problem of identity theft is so resistant to solution, these are all questions that need to be asked about variables that could muddy the waters and make investigating identity theft problems more difficult to trace to the source. 

Identity theft is much more ill-intended pervasive and dangerous than merely trying to get access to the bank accounts of other people. Bottom line, the many facets of long-term investigations are all experienced as ongoing harassing invasiveness by people whose lives are repeatedly being targeted for months, sometimes years at a time by identity theft and investigation of identity theft.  Clearly there are prevarications somewhere in the investigative processes which lead to problematic investigations.  They throw the proverbial monkey wrench into the works.   Prevaricating can not be allowed to continue to do ill-intended damage. The sources of it must be identified so an end can be put to the crimes, attempted crimes, and lengthy unproductive investigations.