Identity Theft is a bummer



I had a pretty great DIY project to put up today, but I am currently mad at the internet. I don’t usually delve into too much personal stuff here on I SPY DIY because I like it to be a happy place of escape and pretty things, but if you have been following along on my snapchat, you know that my identity was stolen about a month ago. It started with a joy ride through Europe and some expensive shopping trips on my credit card, and continued with my emails, Amazon, Paypal and Venmo accounts being hacked, to new bank accounts where being opened with my information…to just a few hours ago when I got an alert that a large sum of money was transferred out of my savings. It’s been non-stop police reports, fraud alerts, frozen accounts for a month, and even though I seem to be taking all the correct measures to put an end to it, they keep finding new ways to steal from me. Being a small business owner, who works on the internet, sometimes I worry about the amount of information I put out there, and this is sadly one of those situations where I got burned. I am pissed at the internet. I wanted to share because I know how active you all are online, and I want to remind you to go and change all your passwords right now! Make each one is different. And change them often. Because identity thief sucks, and once they get in to everything, it’s one heck of a process to make it stop. Thanks for letting me vent. I think you all are amazing and I am SO thankful you take the time to read my site, but I am going to sign off from the internet for the long weekend, because when someone treats you badly, you should break up. So, Internet, we are officially on a break.

“Exhale the Bullshit” print by the amazing Jenna Kutcher




  1. Kayleen says:

    I’m sorry about what you are going through. I work for a Fraud Department at a Financial Institution and regularly assist members who have gone through similar situations. Having your identity stolen is devastating in a number of ways, but you are right – the sooner you start trying to correct it, the sooner it will become the past. I am sure you have come across a number of tips on how to handle Identity Theft. If you haven’t visited the Federal Trade Commission’s website, it may be worth checking out. Type URL and you’ll be taken to their page which is full of resources and videos on the subject. You mentioned changing online passwords, which is excellent advice as well as to consider putting “verbal” passwords on your financial accounts. This ensures that if a fraudster calls for account information using your personal information, they will be asked for a password first that only you will know.

    You’re on the right track – stay strong!

  2. Scribs farm says:

    Girl, that sucks! Hang in there!

  3. Nena says:

    That is horrific! My friend is currently going threw a simular situation. And we know they know his Social Security Number! This scares the s*** out of me. More people I know are getting hit. Something needs to be done!

  4. Cristalia says:

    Ugh! that totally sucks. Very scary situation but hopefully it’ll get resolved SOON.

  5. Charlie says:

    Oh wow! That’s horrible! Keep your head up! Thanks for the reminder. I hope you get everything sorted out and your money back soon!

  6. paulina says:

    Crazy! My boyfriend has been victim lately as well! His uber account is being constantly hacked and tons of rides for a lot of money are being charged to his account. It is scary how much info we put out there and how little control we have over it… Good luck with sorting things out, hopefully the worst has passed!

  7. Erika says:

    awh im so sorry to whats happened! such a bummer! really hope you get everything back and I hope the police are doing everything they can!!xx

  8. sherry says:

    This is terrible!!! Hang is there.

  9. wendy says:

    WOW!! that’s scary! I have had my credit card numbers stolen a few times – stupid hackers trying to purchase plane tickets to places I have never heard of in my life… BUT NOTHING LIKE WHAT YOU HAVE GOING ON!!!! Good Luck! hopefully things will get back to normal ASAP.

  10. m(i)e says:

    that’s awfull! Thnks for warning us !

  11. Winnie says:

    Aw, I’m so sorry that you had to deal with all that. Stay strong and positive because I’m sure after all of these awful things, you’ll have better days xx

  12. Tanya says:

    Thanks for sharing even though it is TRULY an awful experience! It’s important that we all share even the crappy experiences so we are reminded that, as great as technology is, it can still be used against us.

  13. Charlotte says:

    Scary… I hope everything turns out well for you in the end!

  14. Elsa says:

    Oh god, I’m so sorry you have to put up with all that crap. I hope you manage to stay positive even if it’s probably not easy right now and that all these troubles stop soon.

  15. Mary says:

    You will rise above this! Thanks for sharing. Just think of all the people you are helping. As a librarian I am constantly telling people to change their passwords. You have just reached more people in one blog post than I can reach in a month. YOU are Awesome!

  16. Zen says:

    Oh no! How awful!!! Hope it all works out and thanks for sharing- will definitely be more careful what I put online!!!

  17. Gail says:

    I am going thru the same thing myself right now. I live in Georgia . Someone was charging things from Sweden, Germany, Canada and India. They hit my paypal too. I am out $3600.00 right now. It is such a pain and I too feel as though maybe all this isn’t worth it. Then today I get a call and someone in Dallas, TX tried to get a mortgage using my info. What in the heck. Why cant we have people that are as smart as the ones stealing, keep us safe. Why are the bad guys better than the good guys? Sorry, I just had to vent too. Scares the crap out of you. Hope you get all your money back and you get thru all the paper work.. I have made more trips to the bank in the last 2 wks than I have over this year. So sad people have to be like this.

  18. Victoria says:

    Oh no that sucks! But thanks for sharing. I hope everything turns out well for you and you’ll be back soon xxx

  19. Birgit says:

    Oh that sucks! 🙁 I hope everything will turn out to be okay… I’m so sorry for you!

  20. Yikes! I’m so sorry you’re going through this. I’ve had card numbers stolen, but so far that’s the extent of it. We do use a service to let us know if anyone tries to open a card or line of credit in our name. You might think about adding it to your arsenal of things to keep these scumbags out of your life.

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