By Bill Willis and Bill Steinmetz
December 5, 2017
Reports occur frequently of someone tricked into giving out personal or confidential information when it isn’t appropriate to do so. Access to private data can be acquired through hacking and security breaches. The potential losses could be more than face, it could mean losing control of your assets and nest egg. But why would a goose be targeted?
Recently, a report out of Chapel Hill indicated that Toulouse (the resident NIEHS white goose)’s identity and status within the community might have been compromised. Pictures supplied by Youqi Tang seem to confirm that. A picture of the possible impostor in Chapel Hill shows a fowl of interest (FOI) standing in the roadway and encouraging others to do the same. The gaggle took flight when approached and their whereabouts are unknown at this time.
Toulouse was on campus at the time and no suspicious activity has yet occurred in any of his financial or credit accounts. He hasn’t tweeted or shared on public media. Just to be safe, his Equiquack credit report has been flagged to prevent any wrongdoer using his good name and personal information to their advantage.
If you encounter a similar situation away from campus and things just don’t look right, give the HSB Goose Center a call at 984-287-3397.
By working together and being observant, we can help protect the identities of those around us.
(In all seriousness, identify theft can be a problem for humans, particularly around the holidays. Take time to take precautions, stay alert for phishing emails and phone calls, and monitor your credit.)