Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Mary Worth 316

Yesterday, I posted a link to a blog article about the CEO of Lifelock (if you live in the U.S., you've heard the ads) who had his identity stolen after posting his Social Security Number on his website. He is so confident in Lifelock's identity theft insurance, that he is always telling people his Social Security Number in his advertisements. I saw him on television once and he came across to me like a huckster. I wouldn't trust him with my personal information for half a second. Allegedly, his co-founder stole his own father's identity to apply for credit - it just seems like a shady operation to me.

Well, the same blog wrote up an article on all the free things you can do for yourself, that Lifelock charges to do for you. Today, Ensign Terry Bryson of the Starship Enterprise has suggested that Toby do one of those things. "No, go ahead, Toby. Contact the credit bureaus before we do anything else. I'll wait here and play Backgammon. See you in a few hours. Do you have any snacks?"

If you'd like a preview of the next few weeks of Mary Worth read the article, and let's see how many of the things Terry covers.

Security Check List so far:
  • Request Fraud Alert from all three credit Bureaus (repeat every 90 days).


Today's Full Strip

16 comments:

Tina said...

This story could potentially never end. Can we reasonably think that Toby will remember to repeat the request for fraud alert in 90 days? And more importantly, what will Ian think?

Natalie said...

Terry looks like Willy Wonka. All she needs is a top hat and some purple gloves.

Miss Emish said...

Is Toby wearing scrubs?

Anonymous said...

Why does the sixth grader who colors Mary Worth hate my eyes so much? Why?

maconmemad said...

Yes Toby I am an expert...I'm wearing a business pant suit, I carry an empty brief case... well I do carry this inportant looking note pad and an ink pen in it. So you can rest easy now you are in the care of an expert security consultant.

maconmemad said...

Irgent e-mails are almost always inportant.

spike said...

maconmemad: Are you sure the irgent e-mails aren't "inportent"?

Just unudder edjucated guess frum out hear.

Wanna-be-Wilbur said...

It's going on in other parts of the world, too, not just in Santa Royale.

http://www.ironmountaindailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/503278.html?nav=5004

Wanders said...

wanna-be, that's amazing. I was certain it was a hoax and expected it to be signed by a Mary Worth character.

Mary Worthless said...

Dear Readers,
You are all now enrolled in Identity Theft 101. By the end of thise course, you will learn the tools necessary to avoid being a victim like poor, naive, some might say, pathtic Mrs. Toby Cameron. Through this process you will also improve your self esteem so that you need not fear negative feedback from your significant other. You will be obligated to come to class daily for the next six months including weekends and holidays. To those of you who may view this as harsh, even punative, let me assure you that you will be better for the experience. Be sure to pay atention as you will be tested.

Mary

catlady said...

Toby has on aqua colored scubs in the Kalamazoo Gazette. Perhaps she is part cuttlefish?

Mary Worthless said...

See Mary Worthless at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cy659O44VZ8

pandagrandma said...

Toby looks like she's had a little too much to drink before Terry got there. Between the stress and the Absolute, she's about to keel over onto the floor.

BTW, if Toby would stop feeling sorry for herself for a minute, maybe she'd think about all these URGENT clues that have been put right in front of her all along! Mary URGED Toby to call Terry. Then Mary STRONGLY URGED Toby to tell Ian right away. Now today, here's that word again!!! More URGENCY -- Terry STRONGLY SUGGESTS that Toby contact the 3 credit bureaus right away.

Do you think we'll ever come to this "lightbulb" moment?:

"You know, come to think of it, I did get an IRGENT message from Enormoushop.com when I bought Ian's DVD! They STRONGLY SUGGESTED that I resubmit all of my personal information online. That's it! That's it!"

Nah!

boojum said...

wanne-be-wilbur:

It "usually takes experts at the FBI or CSI level" to take care of Identity fraud? Doesn't Grissom have enough on his plate?

Anonymous said...

Deanna Troi regrets travelling back to the 21st century...

Anonymous said...

Tina--how will we know when 90 days are up and it's time to re-request the fraud alert thingy from the credit reporting bureaus? This has the potential to really confuse all of us. Will there be quarterly, non-sequiter one-day strips with Toby remembering in panel 1, then dialing the phone in panel 2? And will the fact that the previous three months of strips actually cover only three days of time throw Santa Royale for a time warp loop? It's blowing my mind just thinking about it.

--wheelhead