Data breach re­sulted in false bill

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - BUSINESS - By Bruce Wil­liams

DEAR BRUCE: >> Due to a U.S. gov­ern­ment data breach, a Los Angeles com­pany sent me a $6,000 bill for “ser­vices.” I re­fused to pay and in­formed the com­pany. They sent the $6,000 to col­lec­tion and it ap­peared on my Ex­pe­rian credit re­port. I re­ported it to the po­lice, the U.S. Postal In­spec­tion Ser­vice and other state and fed­eral agen­cies.

Ex­pe­rian sent me a let­ter stat­ing the col­lec­tion ac­tion was deleted from my credit re­port. I am not sure what “deleted” means. Is my credit still dam­aged? Please ex­plain it to me. -- P.F. DEAR P.F.: >> Con­grat­u­la­tions! A win to the good guys. Un­for­tu­nately, there is no way I can tell you which one of your in­quires got Ex­pe­rian to take care of the col­lec­tion let­ter. In turn, there is no dam­age to your credit his­tory.

I re­ally would like to say con­grat­u­la­tions again. It isn’t of­ten you can say the good guys won one! DEAR BRUCE: >> I re­cently had back surgery, and I was go­ing through TSA in a wheelchair at Reno/Ta­hoe Air­port and I was flagged for per­sonal in­spec­tion. The TSA agent made me stand for 15 min­utes as he swabbed the en­tire contents of my car­ryon bag. He had to pat down my pants and he re­quired me to stand with my legs widely parted, though I told him this was painful to me. He or­dered me to stand any­way, and I sat in the wheelchair and called him names.

This brought a team of TSA agents ask­ing me what my prob­lem was. I told them about my back surgery and then I told them about the guy who made me stand. They read me the riot act about their jobs. When they were done, I called them all sorts of names and they cleared me for my plane.

Th­ese TSA agents are un­pro­fes­sional in my opin­ion. What do you think? -- Reader DEAR READER: >> I am glad to hear that you won that fight. They could have fooled around with you long enough that you missed your con­nec­tion. That would have been kind of a hol­low vic­tory.

I have a dif­fi­cult time stand­ing for long pe­ri­ods of time,

too. When­ever I’ve been in

this sit­u­a­tion and I have asked for some­place to sit, they have wasted time on oc­ca­sion. None­the­less, they al­ways pro­vided a chair with no ar­gu­ment.

You just hap­pened to run into a few guys who were real stinkers, and I con­grat­u­late you on get­ting through it. Although, I wouldn’t sug­gest that you

make your meth­ods a reg­u­lar habit.

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