I will be honest, I almost never answer our land line because anyone who wants to talk to me, that I want to talk to has my cell phone number. If they don't have my cell number then chances are they are sales people and I don't want to talk to them. Same goes for JC and his cell phone. The people who know us, know our cell numbers, the people who don't know us we don't generally want to talk to. Anyway to the point of the story. Monday night the land line rang and I was standing right there and wasn't doing anything so I answered it.
Caller: Is Mr. Moncur there?
Me: No. (which technically was not a lie, he wasn't there, he was in his office.) This is his wife, may I take a message for him.
Caller: This is Blah Blah* calling from Wells Fargo Bank. We are showing an outstanding balance of $253.78 on your revolving credit line.
Me: Umm. We don't have a credit line with you. In fact we don't even have an account with you. When was this credit line open?
Caller: It is a revolving line of credit and the account is under JC Moncur.
Me: I understand that, but when was it open, because he hasn't banked with you for almost 12 years. He doesn't have a line of credit with you or any other bank for that matter. So if there is an account there in his name that means someone has stolen his identity.
Caller: It says JC Moncur.
Me: Yes, I get that his name is on it, BUT he did not open an account with you.
Caller: Can you hold? *click, start annoying static/music here*
Me: Hmm... So glad you waited for the answer to that question.
15 minutes later.
Caller: Mam, I am sorry, it seems I was mistaken. Someone has your husbands old account number so when I entered the number in the computer your information came up. I am sorry to have worried you.
Me: So, our account that has been closed for 12 years, is now someone else's, but you have ALL of our current information on file. We have changed phone numbers at least four times since that account closed. Is there some way to remove us from the system so our credit doesn't accidentally get mixed up with his?
Caller: Oh, no your credit won't get mixed up.
Me: Well at the very least so as not to send me into a panic again.
Caller: Oh, this is very rare, I can assure you.
Me: I would like to have our information removed please.
Caller: Can you hold please. *click
Me: Hello? Hello? *dial tone.
I have been on the phone, on hold three times for no less than 20 minutes each time. I will be going to Wells Fargo on Monday to have a discussion with a manager in person, since there doesn't seem to be one living in India!