I came home from my wonderful trip to the Big Apple to find messages on voice mail. None of the messages was for me. Not one said welcome home or welcome back or even happy birthday, Carole. No. The messages were for a Mr. Gill E. Young.
It seems that Gill E. Young has been a busy individual taking out loans that he never intended to pay. He did however give my name address and phone number as a personal reference. Now that Gill E. Young has disappeared with the cash, the lenders are calling me looking for him. I was home just three hours when the last call came in. The conversation went something like this:
May I speak with Mr. Gill E. Young?
I do not know Gill E. Young and I have never known Gill E. Young. You have a wrong number.
Is this [ insert all my personal information ] ?
Yes, but I do not know Gill E. Young. He has stolen my personal information and uses it often to steal from lenders.
[Dead silence at the other end]
Why did your company not check his references before you made the loan?
Again dead silence at the other end. After a few seconds, the caller quietly disconnected without answering my question.
Robbing banks and lenders in this fashion is a lot less dramatic than Dillinger’s flamboyant machine gun style, but hey, I guess it is just as effective.