It's Day 1 of Boards studying, and in lieu of actually studying, I have been sitting at The Lawyer's dining room table since 9 a.m., talking to the IRS.
Given my needy and impoverished financial situation, my mother attempted to claim me as a dependent on her tax returns this year. When her tax preparer called me to say that my SSN had already been used this year, obviously my first reaction was,
"Come on, did you really enter my SSN wrong? This is your job, woman!"
(I am sensitive and highly empathetic of tax preparers, you see.)
Anyway, I did try calling the IRS a few weeks ago, but do you know how long I've spent on hold during the past hour and a half? Approximately one hour. And, do you know when medical students do not have an hour and a half to go on and off of hold? During finals.
So, I asked The Lawyer to wait and leave for work late this morning, so that he could be here to assist with lawyerly and intelligent things just in case. The first pass through through the automated system, however, routed me to a line saying that the wait was "greater than 30 minutes." I told him to leave, and proceeded to sit at the dining room table entering my 3rd year rotation lottery locations on and off while the IRS people gathered relevant information from me.
And then, I was told that my identity had potentially been stolen.
What. the. hell.
So, here we go, internet. Day 1 of Boards studying and I have a full day of contacting the Federal Trade Commission, filing a police report, filing an IRS affadavit, contacting credit reporting bureaus, etc.
Something tells me that said thief of my identity did not assume ownership of my loans, however. Because let me tell you, if they want to steal the stellar credit and good finances of someone, they'd better be willing to take the $200K in medical student loans too! Don't forget to pay it back with interest either!
(Oh, and sidenote: If this messes my financial aid/actual loans, a certain lawyer is going to be pissed. Add medical students dating DC lawyers to the list of people you shouldn't be stealing identities from, thieves.)