Thoughts of becoming the next victim of verification and identity theft?

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Full time on Internet marketing but still sometimes I feel like, I am greedy enough to do take a foolish step.

So, what happen and why I am moaning now-

From various places as other warriors and myself we get calls for quotation on work, I still do have my own freelancer id and of course from my company. All on a sudden I get a nice big email asking for some SEO work for both on site and offsite. The email looks professional and it is on my freelancer id not on my company ID. So, I have respond to that email and asking what they are actually looking for after looking at my portfolio. So, that person asked me that he got about 20 sites which needs working done. So, guys it is good money any way ("TWENTY") after three and four email, that person adds me on my personal fb account and other social network sites. Fare enough a good potential customer. But no where I could see what he does and who he/she is? now see what is happening- he/she said to me ,actually he/she wants to give to work to me by seeing blah blah blah and that person is confident enough to give the work but he/she wants to verify my identity. I told that person, if you are still unsure, you can still work and pay via free lancer site as you will have more control over it or you can actually work via my company for your marketing. Anyway, that person got my phone number as I am not hiding type person. Soon before I can realize, he/she created " A google account " and emailed me for my verification code .
a) How on earth you will tell someone what is the verification code that came on your mobile phone ?
b) Chances that slowly fabricating you whole identity slowly and make a complete new id of yours so that someone else can send spam mail on your name?

My fellow warriors, please remind you here in the UK and some friends in the states have already faced this several times that people by the name of verifying your id before placing orders are actually stealing your
a) Name: They already know from your social network site
b)Sweet talk you to add them
c) Get hold of your DOB if they are real on social network site then well and good for them.
d) Mobile number to verify
e) Finally do not know what are their next level of fraud.

Please be care full.

Kind regards,
Swrajit
#identity #theft #thoughts #verification #victim
  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    I've seen scams like this for a long, long time. (And studied IT security at length).

    You can never be too safe.

    Remember; identity theft is the top theft in the world, and is the most costly.

    Someone sent a verification code TO YOUR PHONE and ASKED YOU FOR IT?

    Lol.

    Report that person man, immediately.

    And stop talking to them.

    (Even if they are a profitable client; are they worth it if they don't trust you?)

    Just my $.02
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    • Profile picture of the author angshuy2k
      Thanks Sar, I have already reported them,

      1) Kept a new warning on my blogs with their FB idsssss not just found many of them doing such activity.
      2) Just few minutes about just reported the people who created more than 6 email account on my name + various fellow friends from forum.
      3) Reported all the account to cyber source from which these people are operating.
      4) Reported ic3 org site.
      5) Submitted to fbi form
      6) afp.gov Australia as well.

      Can you believe how many normal innocent people might be the victim of such activity.

      Kind regards,
      Swrajit

      who knows how far these people are connected.

      Originally Posted by Sarevok View Post

      I've seen scams like this for a long, long time. (And studied IT security at length).

      You can never be too safe.

      Remember; identity theft is the top theft in the world, and is the most costly.

      Someone sent a verification code TO YOUR PHONE and ASKED YOU FOR IT?

      Lol.

      Report that person man, immediately.

      And stop talking to them.

      (Even if they are a profitable client; are they worth it if they don't trust you?)

      Just my $.02
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    2 years ago, I had someone get into my Hotmail account and send spam messages to everyone on my list.

    Did not see that coming. I was actually shocked that they had a hold of my password. Thank God that this is the only time where someone hacked my password and into my email.

    I still don't know how they did it.

    There are some sites that ask you for a password if you want to use their system. Maybe the site owner works with scammers who pay for passwords.
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    • Profile picture of the author angshuy2k
      Dear Tal,

      Thank you for your views as well. I wish all this small small things we should build up the report and submit it and start taking actions against these people who are making fun out of normal people online. People like you or sar are experienced so, we can actually sometimes do anticipate what is coming or sometimes not, but surely what ever we have experienced so far, I think we should put it together and protect ourselves.

      At least, got a buddy now who as well didn't see it was coming, thanks tal

      Kind regards,
      Swrajit

      Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

      2 years ago, I had someone get into my Hotmail account and send spam messages to everyone on my list.

      Did not see that coming. I was actually shocked that they had a hold of my password. Thank God that this is the only time where someone hacked my password and into my email.

      I still don't know how they did it.

      There are some sites that ask you for a password if you want to use their system. Maybe the site owner works with scammers who pay for passwords.
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    • Profile picture of the author eternalwarrior
      Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

      2 years ago, I had someone get into my Hotmail account and send spam messages to everyone on my list.

      Did not see that coming. I was actually shocked that they had a hold of my password. Thank God that this is the only time where someone hacked my password and into my email.

      I still don't know how they did it.

      There are some sites that ask you for a password if you want to use their system. Maybe the site owner works with scammers who pay for passwords.
      The same thing happened to me once long ago. Some nigerian guy hacked my account and sent an email to my whole contact list asking for money lol.
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      • Profile picture of the author angshuy2k
        Thank you Chris, eternal for sharing your views. Anyway, while I was posting the info on the site, cann't believe that even these fraudster can actually be your customer to get who ever is on your mailing list and everything that you might have on your email address and do hell with it and all you are left with is making compaints all over the place and this fraud always get away. Worst case when once someone bought something online using my bank card and had to ask the bank to refund it. Now, these cases of fraud are going of the roof.

        Previously, we use to see people breaking in houses now we see people breaking into your details and bank accounts

        Regards,
        Swrajit

        Originally Posted by Chris Kent View Post

        I never use my real DOB on any web site.

        Apparently, this is tantamount to breaking the law because you are supposed to be truthful when using web sites.

        I don't give a toss though, I'd rather not fall victim to identify theft. In the UK, it is common to verify someone's identity with DOB which is insane when you think about it.
        Originally Posted by eternalwarrior View Post

        The same thing happened to me once long ago. Some nigerian guy hacked my account and sent an email to my whole contact list asking for money lol.
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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

      2 years ago, I had someone get into my Hotmail account and send spam messages to everyone on my list.

      Did not see that coming. I was actually shocked that they had a hold of my password. Thank God that this is the only time where someone hacked my password and into my email.

      I still don't know how they did it.

      There are some sites that ask you for a password if you want to use their system. Maybe the site owner works with scammers who pay for passwords.
      I had my account HERE broken into and some jerk setup a whole bunch of WSOs in my name, and spammed. Luckily, Paul Myers knew I wouldn't do such a thing, and gave me the heads up. I DID see responses for WSOs though, and cancelled them and asked that any others be cancelled. That was EASY, since I have never done such a thing.

      My email account ALSO had a simple password.(I have several initial passwords at different difficulty levels). Anyway, I made that, and this, different from one another and different from what they were, and more complicated.

      Steve
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      • Profile picture of the author angshuy2k
        Dear Steve,

        I know the feelings after being actually hacked, someone ordered something using my card as my Gmail account had card details, and from that card details and others it was linked to amazon details and ofcourse various things. Now, this guy must have been behind me for such a long time that, he/she might have gone too far to use most of the details. I have been to the local police to report it as fraud case and finally they gave me a case number and they are going to give me a reference number from cyber crime to investigate the situation.

        Finally, happy about the fact that I do not hold any information about my clients on that account apart from few of my own personal details.

        Thank you steve for sharing your views.

        Kind regards,
        Swrajit

        Originally Posted by seasoned View Post

        Actually, in the US, it is tantamount to illegal for them to ask. It IS illegal for the TIN, if they have no valid use. They are NOT to use it as an ID number. Unfortunately, thanks to the stupid IRS, many companies can now ask for your TIN if you are an affiliate. But BIRTHDATE? WHY!?!?!?!?!? So they can say happy birthday to me once a year and possibly destroy my life? *****ARE YOU KIDDING ME*****!?!?!? I lie there TOO! It is NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS!

        Steve
        Originally Posted by karlmay1980 View Post

        Block them on Facebook straight away so they cant see you any more, thanks for the share and hope they havent got too many details to misuse them.
        Originally Posted by seasoned View Post

        BTW I recently got a call from some quick talking SLOW thinking guy. He said I said I was looking for a job. Many IM people DO NOT KNOW WHAT A JOB IS, and "offer jobs" like they really have any to offer. So I continued. He asked for my birthdate, and I said I don't give out that info. He said he needed it. I said no way. He said we will keep it private, and won't tell anyone. I said I KNOW. A few minutes later he AGAIN asked, and I said YEAH, I know you won't give it out. I hung up.

        Seriously. If they are not a LEGITIMATE agency I deal with that needs it, FORGET IT!

        Steve
        Originally Posted by seasoned View Post

        I had my account HERE broken into and some jerk setup a whole bunch of WSOs in my name, and spammed. Luckily, Paul Myers knew I wouldn't do such a thing, and gave me the heads up. I DID see responses for WSOs though, and cancelled them and asked that any others be cancelled. That was EASY, since I have never done such a thing.

        My email account ALSO had a simple password.(I have several initial passwords at different difficulty levels). Anyway, I made that, and this, different from one another and different from what they were, and more complicated.

        Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author Sue McDonald
    I have been fortunate so far nothing like this has happened to me but I do take care as much as I can.

    My Facebook account has been hacked twice but Facebook have advised me and frozen the account to the hacker on both occasions.

    I agree never put in your real birthday with the year. If you are using an autoresponder, it is a good idea to get a post office address. It may cost you a few dollars but it gives you peace of mind.
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  • Profile picture of the author karlmay1980
    Block them on Facebook straight away so they cant see you any more, thanks for the share and hope they havent got too many details to misuse them.
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    Originally Posted by Chris Kent View Post

    I never use my real DOB on any web site.

    Apparently, this is tantamount to breaking the law because you are supposed to be truthful when using web sites.

    I don't give a toss though, I'd rather not fall victim to identify theft. In the UK, it is common to verify someone's identity with DOB which is insane when you think about it.
    Actually, in the US, it is tantamount to illegal for them to ask. It IS illegal for the TIN, if they have no valid use. They are NOT to use it as an ID number. Unfortunately, thanks to the stupid IRS, many companies can now ask for your TIN if you are an affiliate. But BIRTHDATE? WHY!?!?!?!?!? So they can say happy birthday to me once a year and possibly destroy my life? *****ARE YOU KIDDING ME*****!?!?!? I lie there TOO! It is NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS!

    Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    BTW I recently got a call from some quick talking SLOW thinking guy. He said I said I was looking for a job. Many IM people DO NOT KNOW WHAT A JOB IS, and "offer jobs" like they really have any to offer. So I continued. He asked for my birthdate, and I said I don't give out that info. He said he needed it. I said no way. He said we will keep it private, and won't tell anyone. I said I KNOW. A few minutes later he AGAIN asked, and I said YEAH, I know you won't give it out. I hung up.

    Seriously. If they are not a LEGITIMATE agency I deal with that needs it, FORGET IT!

    Steve
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