Shortly after I moved into my home, I had a man who would drive his black BMW down my street and park in front of my house. He would stay there for 15-30 minutes and then leave. He would come at different times of the day on different days of the week. I didn't think a man in a BMW would be all about robbing a poor first-time home buyer so although I found it curious, I didn't worry. Plus, I let Bailey bark all ferociously at him so I assumed I was safe. Bailey can be 60lbs of menacing spaniel.
Remember when I was afraid that I owed the US Department of Education a truck load of money? If not, read about it in this post. Turns out it was due to a clerical error (which has been corrected) and the small fact that the DOE lost my address.
When I called the DOE (repeatedly) and finally got to talk to someone who didn't hang up on me they told me that they had used "skip tracing" to find me. I didn't think much of it and assumed that "skip tracing" was just fancy term for "overpaid federal government temp who knows how to use google". I haven't tried to hide. A quick internet search and someone can find my home phone number, my address, how much I paid for my house (courtesy of local GIS websites), where I work, my blog, my nonexistent tweets, my Pinterest pins, and my LinkedIn profile. In addition, I figured someone who had access to my Social Security Number (such as the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT) could find something called a credit report which lists all of my addresses.
After the small clerical error was cleared up and it was discovered that I did not owe the money, I forgot about the entire ordeal.
And then I started reading Janet Evanovich's mystery novels about a bounty hunter. If you haven't read them, a movie is coming out this weekend (with Katherine Heigl as Stephanie Plum. It has "Academy Award" written all over it. I'll go see it anyway). Stephanie becomes a bounty hunter and refers to herself as a skip tracer. And her mentor, Ranger, drives a black BMW. My few misfiring neurons started to make some connections....these characters were skip tracers. The government had hired a skip tracer for me. I had been staked out by a man in a black BMW. Ranger drove a black BMW.
THE GOVERNMENT HAD HIRED A FICTIONAL BOUNTY HUNTER NAMED RANGER TO STALK ME!
Great use of your federal tax money. Much easier than Google....right?
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