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January 3rd, 2004

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10:00 am

Hunh. I'm pretty sure I don't know anyone named Corey Burke [sp?].

Apparently, while I was away in the UK, this person rented a U-Haul truck from the Bedford agency and left my phone number and name as his contact information. Then he didn't return the truck. Then he still didn't return the truck. Then, eventually, he did return the truck, but without its keys (which, at time of writing, are still missing). The whole saga is documented in the increasingly-irritated phone messages left on my answering machine over the last two weeks.

I rang up the Bedford U-Haul and let them know that I didn't know Mr Burke. The U-Haul guy said that Burke also left the number and name of someone else who turned out not to know him, so I guess that's a pattern there.

There aren't any mysterious/spurious charges on any of my credit cards, so I don't think it's a case of identity-theft: he probably just snagged my name from the phone directory. Still annoying, though.

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Date:January 4th, 2004 12:20 am (UTC)
The only thing that would worry me is that this all happened while you were gone away and couldn't listen to your answering machine. Is this just coincidence or did the person know? I'd wonder if the other folks whose name he used were also away at the time..

Or maybe I'm just ultra paranoid. :)
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Date:January 4th, 2004 12:32 am (UTC)
Actually, that's a really good question. But the U-Haul guy didn't tell me who the other name-dropped folks were (nor do I think he should have), so I'm not sure about the answer.

Hmm. Who knew that I was away and that the house would be empty? My friends, obviously, but that idea isn't worthy of consideration. The only other ones I can think of are the people at Travelocity.com, through whom I booked my flight (but they wouldn't have any way of knowing that no-one else would be home to answer the phone) and perhaps the folks at the Post Office, since I had my mail held for the duration of my trip. The PO folks, at least, would probably know that no-one else lives here.

Damn you and your paranoia! :-)

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