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I Don’t Even Trust My Real Mail Now

Sunday, January 29, 2006

I opened a posted letter from a bank today. The letter said I needed to return a form with my name, date of birth, and social security number, or my account might close in 90 days.

I thought it was odd that a bank I’ve been doing business with for 5 years didn’t know already know this information. With the ridiculous amount of fraud I see in my email everyday, I was suspicious. I called the bank using a phone number I found on the bank’s secure website.

I remained suspicious until I was on hold for 20 minutes. At that time I knew I had the right bank. Indeed, they did want to verify my information against the information they have on record.

It’s sad, perhaps scary, that I trust an SSL endpoint more than the mailbox at the end of the driveway.