The mystery of my mailing address

For some reason, most of the companies I interact with changed my address to a place in South Carolina.

I have never lived in South Carolina.

So now I have mail randomly going to who-knows-how-many places in Massachusetts, one in South Carolina, and one in Georgia. Thankfully, most of it seems to be redirected to the right place. I’m really glad the postal service can figure out most of it. (At least, I know they’re figuring some of it out by bouncing letters all around the system.)

I have (of course) updated my information to the correct address for all of these companies, somewhere between a few times to several times for each. So here goes yet another round of address updates…

Has anyone else ever had anything like this happen?

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3 Responses to “The mystery of my mailing address”

  1. Kyle says:

    The immediate thought I had was identity theft, but if it’s repeated quite frequently maybe they use some external data source (like a credit reporting bureau) to update customer information periodically and that source happens to have incorrect data, or another person with a similar name?

  2. Kyle says:

    Pull your credit report – don’t wait. If you want to get them for free you can follow the FTC instructions as listed here:
    http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/credit/freereports.shtm

    or simply go to:
    http://www.annualcreditreport.com/

    If there is fraudulent activity or if a creditor simply made a mistake with your address you’ll be able to see it there.

  3. Garrett says:

    Kyle: the Massachusetts addresses were correct at one point in time; I’ve just updated them before. The South Carolina one is one where my parents USED TO live, and I never lived there at all, ever.

    The thing is that I updated my address, and I guess it keeps getting rewritten by some very incorrect outside source. (Thanks for pointing that out.)

    A consequence of this is that I’m trying to switch everything I can to paperless (email-only) correspondence… which is probably a good idea anyway, with moving to Germany in mind. (:

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