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Andre Rieu, Cats Dead Bird,
Strange Letter, What's For Dinner?


1. The YouTube video I put in my LJ does Andre Rieu no justice. He was more wonderful than I can express with mere words; so wonderful that I found myself going into some form of depression with each song that was played. I suppose it was the good kind of depression, because his music somehow forced me to look at my own life, some of the happy parts, and some of the sad and tragic parts I’ve experienced throughout my lifetime.

2. Yesterday morning, I found a big bird on my porch. All my cats were eating it, and this upset me as you’ll never imagine. I quickly took it away from them, and hollered for Grandpa to attend to the matter because I was already running late for work. I’m still very angry at my cats for killing it, because there was no need. I make sure they have plenty of food, twice a day.

Thanks to my cats, my whole day was messed up yesterday!

3. Could you give me your thoughts on something I received in the mail yesterday? I don't know what to make of it. Is it for real, or is it just a ploy to get me to sign up for what they offer? Never in my life had I ever heard of LexisNexis until I received this letter. I am a little worried because a while back, all military veteran’s personal information was lost, but they later informed us that all was fine.

This is just one small part of what it says:

I am writing to you on behalf of LexisNexis, and our affiliate company, Seisint, because we believe that a Seisint law enforcement customer's user ID may have been used in an unauthorized manner that allowed some personal information about you to be viewed. That information may have included your name, address, Social Security number and/or Driver's License number. We understand that such unauthorized use or exposure may create a risk of identity theft and we treat it very seriously. Although we have no evidence that your information has been misused, we are notifying you so that you can, if you deem appropriate, take additional steps to protect your personal information. We deeply regret that individuals like you, who are the primary beneficiaries of LexisNexis products and services, may have been affected by the incident.

4. On a more macabre note, I found this interesting UGGY UGGY little tidbit. If the meat tastes a little sweet, it’s best you call the FBI!!
WHAT'S FOR DINNER?!


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playgirl
Dec. 13th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
It looks like it isn't a scam, according to one of my LJ friends. Now I'm very worried!
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playgirl
Dec. 13th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
No. I never even knew they existed until I got the letter.
nsingman
Dec. 13th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
Lexis/Nexis is real (great for in depth document and reference searching), but that reads like a phishing scam.
playgirl
Dec. 13th, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC)
The letter says to go to their website and complete their form with my SS#, date of birth and phone #, to protect me from identity theft.

I just don't know what to make of this!
donchep
Dec. 13th, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC)
NO! Never ever give your SSN to anyone. Call Lexis/Nexis and inform them of this letter. When anyone ever asks you for that info, then you have to be suspicious.

Call this number

(800) 227-9597

nsingman
Dec. 13th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
Exactly right.
davev1968
Dec. 13th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
LexisNexis is a law and news database. Seisint is a "Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange Program" that was bought by LexisNexis.

LexisNexis offers a number of search and database products. I would be wary of any kind of offer that is not related to that sort of business. To the best of my knowledge they do not offer any sort of data/privacy protection or recovery products.

I have an account with LexisNexis AlaCarte, just in case I need to look something up.

The excerpt you posted sounds like someone's user ID may have been compromised. It may also be that the search of your personal information threw up a red flag and they are notifying you.

In either case, they are saying that personal information that could be used to steal your identity or possibly locate you has been searched for and found in their databases.
playgirl
Dec. 13th, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
The letter seems very professional. So this place is for real? Does this mean that a terrorist has found me??!!

Never in my life had I heard of LexisNexis. Please educate me more on this.

Is it possible that all my personal info. was obtained when the military lost all Vet's information?
donchep
Dec. 13th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
Talk about coincidences. I just walked in from a tutorial on a new interface Lexis/Nexis is putting into Beta next month. We use it here at the University as part of our Academic Subscription.
Hell, half of the stuff I get to make my arguments in this very LJ come through researching Lexis/Nexis and other databases :) I'm a fact and data hound.
If it is a letter using Lexis/Nexis stationary (you can call the number inthe letter head to verify) it's probably a sincere attempt to apologize.
Through some subscriptions there is a public records module that people can use to look up information about you. Property you own, arrest records, bankruptcies, etc. It's all part of the public record.
As for the cats, don't be hard on them. Cats act to their nature. The hunt is wired into them as a matter of natural instinct. It's what animals do.
donchep
Dec. 13th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
On a side note. The module that was used is supposed to be available only to law enforcement I believe. Because SSN and DLs are not part of the public record.
playgirl
Dec. 13th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
Notice at the very bottom how they want my SS number, birth date and address.
playgirl
Dec. 13th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
Let me see if I can make this link work. If not, I'll delete it and try again.

This is the letter I received and the name on the stationary:

THE LETTER
THE LETTER STATIONARY
donchep
Dec. 13th, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)
Here read this. This might shed light on what happened. Looks like the database was hacked. I still wouldn't give anyone my SSN. I don't see how anyone needs that to secure an identity.

http://www.newsfactor.com/story.xhtml?story_title=Lexis-Nexis-Breach-Signals-Bad-Security-Trend&story_id=31086&category=entsec
fourcorners
Dec. 13th, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC)
LexisNexis is a library/publishing company. We have books of theirs in our library at work (law firm). I don't know what they'd have to do with identity security

donchep
Dec. 13th, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC)
Reed Elsevier the publishing company owns Lexis/Nexis but it's mainly a databse that archives newspapers, business information, Congressional Bills, broadcast transcripts, etc.
playgirl
Dec. 13th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
I just found out that they apparently now have something to do with security identity theft.

I’m going to give them a call.
playgirl
Dec. 13th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
My God! First Veteran's personal data is lost, and now this! What the hell goes on here?!!

Please donchep, does it seem to you that someone trying to find me?!
donchep
Dec. 13th, 2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
Maybe, but it can also mean a databse was compromised and your name was one of many that was on there.
donchep
Dec. 13th, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
Actually, after reading up on the whole security breach. The reason they want that information from you is to sign you up for Equifax for free. Everyone who they think may have been compromised will get free credit bureau reporting to make sure their accounts are protected. I'd give them a call just to confirm that with them. In that case, it would make sense to provide your SSN and DL, because that's how you'd be able to check your credit reports to make sure no one has stolen your ID and started applying for credit cards under your identity. But, still call them first
playgirl
Dec. 13th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
I'll give them a call, and thank you for the information!
playgirl
Dec. 13th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
I believe it was close to a year ago that I made a post about someone getting my American Express card number. I use it a great deal online. I made a typo that time as to the amount that was charged on it which came out to 17,000. The CORRECT amount was over $7,000.00 in another state.

American Express contacted me after the fact, asking me if I'd made that amount of purchases, and I told them no.

I never had to pay the money, that's why I love American Express so much. I told them when they'd catch the person who did this that I wanted to have him/her arrested. To this day I do not know if they ever caught that person.

I'd like to bring this up again, so who ever is reading this will be very careful when doing business online. I have a Visa and MasterCard also, and with these, I bought some kind of insurance, should this happen again. With Visa, I believe I paid $100.00 to be insured, but its well worth it. You don't have to pay anything for this service with American Express, but I do have to have the other two cards because there are many places online that do not accept American Express.

I have no idea how these thieves do this, but one would think that an ID would be asked by the establishment!!
(Anonymous)
Dec. 13th, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
Lexis-Nexis is real and there might be a breach, but never give out any numbers via email. That part I believe is phishing, forward the email to Lixis-Nexis and see what they say.

Cats are killers plain and simple. Nothing you can do about that. They probably kill and eat more birds in the course of a year than you can even imagine. I am serious here.
playgirl
Dec. 13th, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
It wasn't an email, but an actual letter from them in my mailbox.

I won't go to the link they gave me, but will instead call them on the phone to see what happened.

I've had all these cats for a couple of years now, and I had never seen them kill a bird. The reason I've feed them so much is for the purpose of saving the birds.

I know it sounds crazy, but I try to keep the cats in the front yard, and the dogs and wild birds in the back yard. I always throw leftovers like bread, etc. in the back for the back. That poor bird had no business going in my front yard, because to do so is sure DEATH!
uglyface2
Dec. 13th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
With due respect, they're cats. They're wired to hunt. I hope you're not too distraught over the incident; just remember that they're not capable of higher reasoning.
playgirl
Dec. 14th, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
I suppose you're right, but I'm still very upset. Such a shame they went and did that to such a beautiful bird. What a waste of a living thing.
moon_shine
Dec. 14th, 2006 05:46 am (UTC)
oh I am sorry about the cats but that is what they do sweetie(((hugs)))
moon_shine
Dec. 14th, 2006 05:43 am (UTC)
Savanah never ever give out your ssn to any one! and just because lexisnexis is real does not mean that the letter
you got from them was from them and Like most companies now days they will never ask for your ssn or any of your personal info in a letter or for that matter on line it is a scam someone is phishing I hope you did not give any thing to them call your state attorneys office and tell them. I just got on line hope I am not to late never trust anyone
that sends you some thing you did not ask for
a_phoenix
Dec. 14th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
I believe LexisNexis is legit...Now the next question is whether that letter actually came from them....

Can you verify thru the military??? If not, check with the Better Business Bureau....
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