Well, only really because it means I'm not as stupid as I thought. Only stupid for not double checking the meager data provided to me. At any point in the last two months I could have logged on and seen the wrong account number and I did not. But then, I've been receiving these checks for 8 years and never looked. You can bet your bippy I will be making routine checks from now on!
Anyway, I was advised to make sure I have all the info about me at the ready. Exactly where I've worked since the beginning of time. Thank you, me, for the fabulously detailed resume you stuck online about a decade ago. Perfect. I have a hard copy of that and a hard copy of my salary history. And the account numbers of accounts I have used in the past.
They also reminded me that Monday is going to be the busiest day of the year for Social Security phone people - the first business day after disbursement and the first business day after a 3 day weekend. So call with patience and maybe even start with the Seattle office.
I honestly don't think it's fraud. An evil doer at my own credit union?
But, still, I feel better loaded with information and hope. And am so grateful to good friends - especially those with connections :)