I don’t normally do this, but this was too interesting to miss. I’m going to share an email I received from the husband of an employee of one of my clients today. I believe he thinks I’m an identity theft.
I provide this as a public service to those who might be thinking that their email flames a lot.
“From: email@example.com (I don’t think that’s his real name.)To: firstname.lastname@example.org Todd Kelly, Why would you ask my wife about her marital status, want my name, drivers license, and social security number today, while discussing the change in ownership for the xxxxxxxx xx xxxxxxx with my wife? I am not an employee, nor have I proffered an application. As you are aware, it is against the law to even ask about marital status,much less ask very personal questions for which you have no legitimate purpose and which serve no useful business purpose. Perhaps you thought because my wife is naturalised, her husband would not know US laws.I assure you that is not the case.I will legally protect my wife and my interests,and will not tolerate this egregious behavior, Mr Kelly. I will be checking to see if you have inquired about any of my personal information,sir, and will hold you legally accountable for any such actions. I want copies of everything you have regarding my wife and or myself immediately ,and complete (sic). I also want the name of the company(and principal) that hired you,as well as contact information for their legal council (sic).At this point I do not see a need to contact them, but will if things change. If my wife suffers any negative consequence as a result of this, we will take legal action against you and the company that hired you.”
So, some of you probably have received similar missives in response to just doing your job. Frankly, I used to get them all the time when I was a “government insider”. This is about the first one I’ve received in private life. And, in this case, I had a legitimate business reason for acquiring this gentleman’s information (his name, SSN and Driver’s License number), that being to complete a form his wife was filing to become a registered agent for a local alcohol license application in metro Atlanta, GA. It’s what I do almost every day. State and local law require that this information be on the form. I know it’s tasteless, but it’s the law.
Oh, and JSmith? It’s not his real name.
Thoughts anyone? I’d love to hear how you would respond.
In a separate post, I think I’ll share my response. Register now (top right corner) to be updated on this continuing saga.
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