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Odd thing at work... [May. 2nd, 2012|03:28 pm]
Nchanter
[place |Lexington Center, MA]
[emotional state |cynicalcynical]
[song on the wind |Dirty Little Secrete -- Sarah McLauchlan]

I just sent the following e-mail to the Lexington Police General E-mail Address...

To whom it may concern,

My name is Kris Snyder and I work over at [redacted] on the second floor of [redacted] Mass Ave, just across the street from Town Hall.

A young woman entered our office between 2:00pm and 2:30pm Today claiming to be from Verizon trying to to sell us Verizon FiOS Business Services. She did not give us her name upon entering the office, and generally acted in an unprofessional manner. When she wanted to look up on her computer when FiOS would be available for our building, I politely asked her to leave, and she said it would "just take a minute." 5 minutes later she was still sitting there. Eventually she left us with a brochure and took one of my business cards. The name and number she wrote on the bottom of the Brochure was "Erica [redacted]" with the phone number [redacted]. When I called Verizon to complain about her demeanor, they could not find a record of her working for them (but disclaimed she could be an authorized reseller or outside contractor, and the person(s) I talked to didn't have access to that system). They also mentioned that FiOS was NOT available for our building/area, but could not tell if it was in the pipeline or not.

This entire situation feels "not right" to me, and it has occurred to me that she could have been "casing" our building, or otherwise engaged in something other than what she claimed. I'm not sure if I should be making some sort of official report, but can do so if you think that would be a correct course of action, but I definitely wanted to make some sort of effort to reach out to the authorities about this incident.

Please let me know if you would like to conduct some sort of follow up. I can be reached at this e-mail address, or at my office phone, [redacted], or on my cellphone at [redacted]. I work here Tu-Thur 12:00pm-5:00pm.

Thank you for your time.

-Kris Snyder
Administrative Coordinator

the [redacted]s are mostly to keep this post from coming up if anyone Googles my company's information, and to protect the possibly guilty.
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[User Picture]From: deguspice
2012-05-03 04:14 am (UTC)
That sounds a bit odd.

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[User Picture]From: drwex
2012-05-03 05:35 pm (UTC)

This post contains your name

and is unlocked. Was that intentional?
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[User Picture]From: nchanter
2012-05-03 06:45 pm (UTC)

Re: This post contains your name

Yes. I have other unlocked posts that contain my name (I think) and there are certainly other places that attach the name above to my handle. While it might be possible to deduce my company's name and location from the above information, my intent here was to not have this post show up in a Google search for my company. Currently putting "Kris Snyder" and [company name] or [product name] in a Google search doesn't turn up relevant results. I also have no fear of being terminated if my boss were to find my online identity. My boss is a very cool guy.

The post was left unlocked so I could link it to people who don't have LJ accounts that I wanted to let know about the incident. Like my husband :P
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[User Picture]From: drwex
2012-05-03 06:53 pm (UTC)

Re: This post contains your name

Yes, I use a similar form of indirection, but about my name (and my childrens' names). Any human being could figure it out in about a minute, but automated tools tend not to. I just wasn't sure that you were one of those who was OK with her driver's license name being associated with her LJ handle.
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[User Picture]From: nchanter
2012-05-03 07:26 pm (UTC)

Re: This post contains your name

You're making an assumption about what's on my drivers license. I do tend to avoid putting down my full name ANYWHERE except on legally required documents (see also: it's not on my resume), but if it ends up linked to "Nchanter" I can live with that.
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