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Actually, I already checked that route. This address is in the 32nd precinct; and the building is a low-income housing development. It is absolutely NOT Columbia student housing, nor is the perp a student. According to the officer I spoke to, he "makes arrests over there all the time". That's the reason I'm not too thrilled about actually *going down there*.

Now I know; there will be plenty of people criticising me for that -- but that's not really my point. It's a 300 mile trip, into a bad neighborhood (and that area IS a bad neighborhood).

I don't want to distract the issue, and I'm not trying to insult people from NYC! If I'm wrong about it, and there's really no problem in taking a jaunt down to that part of a city, please be honest and let me know.. But I'd really like to avoid putting myself in any more bad situations because of this incident. I don't want to turn this into a "you're just a naive country boy" / "the inner city gets a bad rap" type of conversation.

Right now, I'm speaking with my local police seeing if they can officially make a complaint with the NYPD. That may work. If not, I may have to take a few friends and just go up there one weekend.. But I don't think I'm unreasonable for trying other approaches first!


As for the other replies, JAB711, yes, I am waiting for the affidavit from the card company -- they seem to be taking their time in getting it to me. In any case, I have a notarized letter detailing all the events and including all the information from the FTC's generic affidavit on their site.

AcmeFool, regarding the SSN.. I didn't think just any business had a right to ask for your SSN, but on further research, I've found that the law varies by state, but those laws do not affect who can -request- it, only who you are unable to refuse to give it to, by law.. (and those would be government agencies, such as the IRS or the state treasury.) You are right about that, and yes, you can refuse to do business with them! Thanks for clarifying that.
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