2007
10.12

… well they actually sent me a letter, but since I’m not at home my family called me asking if I had filed a change of address. Apparently someone decided to file a change of address for me.

There are a few problems with this –

1. I did not file for an address change.
My understanding of the postal system is that the person whose mail is to be redirected is responsible for filing the change of address. The woman I spoke with agreed and filed fraudulent charges against the person that filed.

2. I have no mail going to my previous address.
I haven’t lived there in well over a year, and before I moved out I made sure to change everything to my new address because I knew conflicts would occur otherwise. Therefore, there is absolutely no reason to change my address through the post office.

3. There isn’t even an 800 block on our street!
Right street, wrong address… way wrong.

Try explaining that to the people at USPS though. The woman couldn’t even understand why #3 was a problem. Um, it doesn’t exist?

USPS called my house about two afters after I got off of the phone with them. Apparently I need to go through my local post office to change this and file a complaint. Too bad that’s not what the card they sent said, or what the woman I spoke to told me.

I spent an hour Wednesday and another hour Thursday on the phone trying to get anything other than a busy signal at my local post office – no luck. I’ll be trying again this weekend, but after that I’m calling USPS back and telling them to fix it themselves.

  1. I don’t think I’d let them fix it themselves if I were you, especially considering that it could lead to bigger problems than just someone else getting your monthly flier from Best Buy or something.

  2. Dude.. so whomever is living where you used to live filed a change of address FOR you? Uh, yeah, pretty sure that’s illegal.. and stupid if there was obviously no reason to.

    As annoying as it is, I would go down there and show them how upset I am over the situation. Throwing a fit in public usually works well. (Not an annoying childish fit but.. well.. you get what I’m saying..)

    Good luck anyways, hope the straighten it out for you without too many problems.

  3. Chenoa, File charges. John’s right. If you have a bank card/statement or credit card, whoever did this could possibly get your information. It’s happened before, and filing a change of address is one of the ways they do that. File charges especially if they put YOUR name on there and other contact information. If it could have been an accident, like a number reversed or something, with their name on the paper, that’s one thing. If need be, bring a witness and get lots of papers for that paper trail you’ll need to leave to get it straightened out. Good luck. =)

  4. [quote comment=”20018″]I don’t think I’d let them fix it themselves if I were you, especially considering that it could lead to bigger problems than just someone else getting your monthly flier from Best Buy or something.[/quote]

    I don’t know any other way to change it without me going home, and I’m not paying $300+ to fly home just to change my address when it’s not my fault that it was changed to begin with.

    [quote comment=”20019″]As annoying as it is, I would go down there and show them how upset I am over the situation.[/quote]

    Two problems with that: It’s my mother that I’m not talking to anymore, and it’s a 15 hour drive back home – which is why I’m having such a hard time getting anything done.

    [quote comment=”20020″]Chenoa, File charges. John’s right. If you have a bank card/statement or credit card, whoever did this could possibly get your information. [/quote]

    All of my credit cards are Indiana based, which automatically gets me carded every time I’m back home in Alabama. Considering I’m almost positive it was my mother or stepfather, I’m not freaking out about that.

    Something just should have set off on their end though, especially because there isn’t an 800 block on the street that I live on. The only other option is that whoever typed it in hit the wrong key?