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Thread: Distressing... worried about stolen identity.

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    Super Member MistyMarie's Avatar
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    I just got back from Wal-greens where I was told that I had reached my limit for Sudafed for the month. I haven't purchased Sudafed in months, so I am really worried now.

    I am wondering how I can find out when someone used my ID and where! This is most distressing. I am actually going to call Walgreens later and complain, because they were somewhat rude to me when they told me I had reached my limit.... like I was some kind of meth maker, or something. What a horrible feeling. There were so many people at the counter at the time and I was embarrassed when she announced that I had purchased too many this month. I haven't bought any "drugs" since at least October.

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    Ask the pharmacy for a printed copy of all the occasions "you" have gotten medications. If you see instances when it wasn't you, ask to see the paper "you" signed and compared the signatures. (I have to sign a little piece of paper every time I pick up a prescription).Complain to the pharmacy if they have been your precriptions to someone else.

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    This isn't a prescription - just over the counter and when I asked, she said that the state keeps track, not them.

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    I would do as Maride said and then I would contact the police. They also have survalance and they can go to those occasions on the tapes and see who it is that has your ID. Walgreen's being rude is the least of the problem.

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    If the state is the one keeping track, then HOW can the store tell you if you purchased more than the "quota"?
    The store has to have some sort of record with your name on it in order to tell you this info.

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    All pharmacies are hooked up to a drug database and when they enter a sale into the computer it bumps the sale up aginst the DB. These purchases they speak of may not have been at a Walgreens at all. Nor in the state, but they should be able at the very least to give you a phone number of the agency that can tell you something about these sales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    All pharmacies are hooked up to a drug database and when they enter a sale into the computer it bumps the sale up aginst the DB. These purchases they speak of may not have been at a Walgreens at all. Nor in the state, but they should be able at the very least to give you a phone number of the agency that can tell you something about these sales.
    See what happens to me when I don't live in civilization? lol

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    But that still doesn't explain why she has reached her quota - her name must be linked somewhere.

    Do you have a common name - could they be confusing you with someone else?

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    I know all about that same name/different person thing.
    Have had my license revoked, almost arrested and tossed in jail. Had my bank account "suspended". Lawyers calling to tell me that the police/sheriff is on the way to pick me up....numerous things!
    It's not fun at all trying to prove to others you are NOT who they think you are!
    Right now I'm STILL fighting/arguing with a lawyer about a Verizon cell phone bill. For some reason, they keep following me from place to place. The woman who is actually the culprit is in her 30s, lived in 4 other places, none of these places I had ever lived...had to send PROOF to a court that it was not me. Had the "charges" dropped against ME, only to have ANOTHER lawyer pick it up and start all over again.....I'm telling you...NOT FUN!! I'm sure that when we move again, the letters, phone calls, etc will start up once again.....

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    When I worked at Walgreens, they just limited the amount you could purchase of those kind of drugs in one purchase. If you brought a bunch to the coiunter the computerized register wouldn't let you ring it up. Large amounts of this drug are used to make meth, which I'm sure everyone knows.

    If you weren't trying to buy a bunch, I would definitely inquire. Maybe they've changed the rules and go by telephone numbers or something. If you really need sudafed, which is a wonderful decongestant, I'd suggest going to CVS or Walmart or even your local grocery store. You should be fine if you only need it for the occasional cold and are buying consumer-sized portions. Try some vitamin C too. That's stuff's still legal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chele
    When I worked at Walgreens, they just limited the amount you could purchase of those kind of drugs in one purchase. If you brought a bunch to the coiunter the computerized register wouldn't let you ring it up. Large amounts of this drug are used to make meth, which I'm sure everyone knows.

    If you weren't trying to buy a bunch, I would definitely inquire. Maybe they've changed the rules and go by telephone numbers or something. If you really need sudafed, which is a wonderful decongestant, I'd suggest going to CVS or Walmart or even your local grocery store. You should be fine if you only need it for the occasional cold and are buying consumer-sized portions. Try some vitamin C too. That's stuff's still legal!
    I am a pharmacy tech at the hospital here. I believe they are now having you sign a log every time you buy it to keep track, because people that do the meth will just buy a few boxes at this store then go on to the next one. But they should be able to show you a copy of the log, and to compare the writing to see if this is the same person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    If the state is the one keeping track, then HOW can the store tell you if you purchased more than the "quota"?
    The store has to have some sort of record with your name on it in order to tell you this info.
    They have to put it into a data base. That way, a person cannot go to store after store and buy more. I had to give her my license number to put in. She even double checked my ID number and I had to sign. She said she couldn't give me any more information than that and no contact number was available.

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    Did you lose your ID? I would ask for any paperwork, actually I would insist on it. Last time I had to buy Sudafed I was asked to furnish a picture ID and it had to be "valid" (current and up to date). If it is a store you frequent they should know you, at least be able to tell you look like your photo on your ID. Especially if you have a lot of prescriptions to fill on a regular basis. This is why I use only one pharmacy.

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    I haven't gotten a new ID in five years when my last one expired. Someone in the state has to be using my ID number. I haven't lost my driver's license, so I have no idea what is going on.

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    This seems very odd, I think I would look into it if I were you though.

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    Is there anyone with your same name? Here there is a lady with the same name and same birthday as my mom and she has twice been given her perscription and the lady even has the same doctor and the doctors office even pulled the wrong chart. She always has to check what adress they have listed. So that could be it too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MistyMarie
    I haven't gotten a new ID in five years when my last one expired. Someone in the state has to be using my ID number. I haven't lost my driver's license, so I have no idea what is going on.
    I would obtain a credit report. Contact the local PD and maybe the DMV and see what can be done about a possibly stolen ID number.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samroberts01
    This seems very odd, I think I would look into it if I were you though.
    I called Walgreens. They could tell me nothing. So, I looked up the local DEA number and it is disconnected. I am going to ask the police officer that works at my school tomorrow if he can recommend who to contact. I also have a student who's father works for the DEA, so I will just have to wait until tomorrow to get to the bottom of this... hopefully.

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    I would chase it down as well. It is not fun when someone gets a hold of your data. There may be a simple solution/reason, but I'd want to be sure.

    ...as for the rude employee. Can you speak with the manager or complain to corporate? If that doesn't yield resolution, can you vote with your wallet and shop elsewhere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MistyMarie
    Quote Originally Posted by samroberts01
    This seems very odd, I think I would look into it if I were you though.
    I called Walgreens. They could tell me nothing. So, I looked up the local DEA number and it is disconnected. I am going to ask the police officer that works at my school tomorrow if he can recommend who to contact. I also have a student who's father works for the DEA, so I will just have to wait until tomorrow to get to the bottom of this... hopefully.
    That is strange, if they can tell you nothing then how is it they can not sell to you??

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    That is horrible. I know here you have to show your ID and sign for Sudafed. I would worry if they have access to your ID what they will do next.

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    I would ask for their corporate offices number if the store itself won't let you talk to their general manager.
    It sounds like someone else has gained access to your driver's license. OR a store employee is hijacking it to make the purchases...either themselves or letting someone else use it, that happened out here.

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    Crazy mix up happens way more often then anyone realizes until it happens to them. Any number of careless record keeping even a transposed number can cause money woes and stress to an innocent person. And it's the innocent person that is the victim, no one wants to believe or take the time to find out what's wrong. It's easier to dismiss the problem. Don't give up, make a pest of yourself until you find out why. Make a police report and keep on insisting you want answers, not later but now.

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    don't they have surveillance cameras on at the drug counter? that's where they should be, right?

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    When I have bought such items you have to show your drivers licence & sign a log or one of those key pads. Somebody is keeping this information.

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