Sooo- I finally get a contact from the treasury dept. saying they were sending me a replacement check. A couple of weeks later I get another e-mail the check had been returned to them because due to an incorrect address.
I checked and they had the correct address. I kid you not. I will slay this whale even if it takes me down with it.
At this point The Damn Whale is breaching on my a$$ on a regular basis. We thought the situation solved but were oh so wrong. As mentioned our neighbor hood mail boxes had been stolen twice. One time shame on you. Two times shame on us. Our block finally wizened up and had our mail held at the post office and the crooks were caught on game camera though not yet arrested. Treasury sent out a new check-yeah finally! Then it didn't show up again. Sent back again due to wrong address for a second time!! I just sat there with my jaw on the ground.
My wife was ENRAGED and that is a bad thing-trust me-and really dug into the matter. Turns out the postal system is the problem. All this time we thought I thought both checks were stolen by the thieves. Some genius in the local office decided since we have different last names so I obviously did not live here. Well thirty years says different. Never had a problem before. I also never gave permission for a change of address or forward request. This is actually a crime but I think it was not intentional but more of a mistake by a person only recently hired. We are not ruling out possibly malice since we do do not know the name - Yet.
We had to get together all pertinent info so the thieves do not use it for identify theft Find and identify where the check problem actually came from and begin the process for getting a new refund and that is no short process itself. I had forgotten the Damn Whale actually kills Ahab in the end. Live and learn or become my own Ahab and sink.