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Identity Theft Scams On the phone And The Internet

Identity theft scams are a big business these days. Trying to find out personal information in any way possible to gain access to another persons money and property has become substantially easier with the coming of the internet. These days, even though, there is much more attention and protective software program available to combat this type of theft. But, sadly, as more software is developed, more viruses are designed to attack and disable even the toughest programs.

Protecting credit cards amounts and banking information on the internet can be helped by following a few simple principles. Only shop on internet sites that are common. Many people can illegitimately obtain personal information through credit card transactions from acquisitions made on an credit card site. Identity theft scams occur when a person steals someone elses credit card number, social security number, and any more information that is not theirs.

Furthermore, you should never post the social security number online. Be sure to print off the verification number after putting in an order. If the charge acquired on the monthly bill differs from the others, alert the company the purchase was made from along with the credit card company. Catching an error or theft early could help you avoid costly identity theft scams.

Identity theft scams can also occur over the telephone. Never answer individual questions about bank accounts, credit card balances, or other information on the phone. Legitimate credit cars organizations never ask for consideration numbers over the phone. Hang up the phone the phone and if anyone gave a company identify, call the Better Company Bureau and report the company.

Even though id theft scams are hard in order to prove, filing the complaint can help. Robbery of this nature is particularly harmful for seniors who willingly respond to questions over the phone out of routine or politeness.

Identity theft can affect anyone whenever you want during their life. You will need to understand the risks of buying things on the internet and addressing questions over the phone that can give another person the opportunity steal money before you belong to the snare of an identity theft scam.

Comments: 21

  1. Terrance November 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm Reply

    With the widespread increase of internet use that has also significantly increased the presence of scammers, spammers, identity theft criminals and hackers online targeting children,teenagers and adults who are hooked into social networking,online gaming and many other Online activities.

  2. Allen November 12, 2013 at 2:51 am Reply

    My computer keeps popping up an ad for “Windows Security Center” in windows. It also changes my background to an advertisement and i cannot get rid of it. I have downloaded Adware and windows defender but they are not picking it up. The name of the software it wants to install is Pc Protection Center 2008. I can’t get rid of this thing for find it. Any suggestions, thanks.

  3. Johnette December 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm Reply

    What’s the scam? These women all want my yahoo address, and many give their yahoo addresses. Some say it’s so they can post pictures to me. Many of these women say they live in Africa. Which is a bit unusual too.

  4. Kathryn January 13, 2014 at 11:23 am Reply


    Now I’ll get 5 responses claiming to offer loans over the internet, just email their hotmail/yahoo/aol/gmail account.

    Are they phishing for passwords or is it identity theft? Is anyone actually that stupid that they would fall for it?

  5. Candi January 28, 2014 at 1:19 pm Reply

    Our borders have overflowed with illegal immigrants placing tremendous burdens on our criminal justice system, schools and social programs. The Immigration and Naturalization Service needs the ability to step up enforcement. Our federal wallet is stretched to the limit by illegal aliens getting welfare, food stamps, medical care, free education and other benefits often without paying any taxes. Safeguards like welfare and free medical care are in place to boost Americans in need of short-term assistance. These programs were not meant to entice freeloaders and scam artists from around the world. Even worse, Americans have seen heinous crimes committed by individuals who are here illegally. There’s a huge rise in identity theft driven by illegal immigration.

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  7. Mari February 2, 2014 at 1:47 pm Reply

    My newphew checked his credit & it showed he owns 2 houses. The agent told him they were only using his credit to help somone get into a home, then would remove his name from title. This was a year ago & the houses are still in his name & the agents are long gone. Any advice on how to get this cleared up?

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  10. Jona February 22, 2014 at 3:53 am Reply

    I had the same medical coverage with a very popular association for 25 years (we’ll call if ABC Medical for safety): from the day I was born until I got married at 25. Months after getting married, we moved 3 states away and switched health plans with my husband’s new job…ABC Medical isn’t in our state, but it doesn’t matter, because my husband’s health plan switched us to a different company anyway!

    Last night, at 6:40pm, I missed a call on my cellphone and the voicemail for it said “Hi [my first name], this is Julia in charge of labor and delivery at [my former city’s ABC Medical], and we had you down for an appointment at 6:15pm. We were wondering if you wanted to reschedule. Please call back at 916-474-7180.” (give or take a few words…my dictation isn’t very good 🙂

    Being the paranoid person that I am, I was worried about some sort of identity theft and called “ABC Medical” via their phone number on their official website, as opposed to the number given on the voicemail, and spoke to 2 people regarding it. They were a little baffled too, until the 2nd lady looked a few things up and said that their was one person in their database whose phone number was one digit different than mine, and their first name was similar but not exactly the same, and concluded that perhaps I was just hearing my name…which makes sense as a possibility…but I’m still paranoid.

    Should I be worried? Should I call the number in the voicemail to see what it was? (I avoid responding to things like this, because it only tells telemarketers that you really will respond and encourages them to call again)

  11. Kareen February 22, 2014 at 3:55 am Reply

    I have received a phone call from a woman which said that my computer is sending error messages and whether I am aware of that . I was quite confused so I said that I don’t need help with my computer and hanged up . Was this a call from a scammer ? Did any one else recently receive a call like this?

  12. August February 22, 2014 at 8:29 am Reply

    How much will this cost the consumers?

    The companies say they’ve suffered major losses. “damages at more than $130 million dollars, including legal settlements with shoppers whose bank accounts were raided with stolen debit and pin numbers”

    Some say illegal aliens commit the most identity theft, whats going on here?

  13. Kareen February 23, 2014 at 9:09 pm Reply

    Just received a reply to a job I applied.

    Thank you for your interest in our vacancies.We have sent this email
    to those who fit our job requirements.Our client is looking for 20
    people to start asap all over london on the 26th of April.2013
    The job is for SIA CCTV & Door Supervisor , Monday to Friday (8:30 am – 5 pm)
    with 1 hour break.We offer competitive payments starting from
    £7;50 /hour ( around 45-60 hours weekly), overtime is availabl .

    A short description of work:
    company must maintain safety and prevent possible thefts
    to keep the peace, we must cooperate with colleagues
    . detelii more portions will find the interview.

    We will pay you weekly by bank transfer or check.
    Day shifts and night shifts available.

    Please email us back the following documents:

    * Copy of passport / ID card (showing your right to work in the UK)

    * Proof of address (bank statement or utility bill in your name)

    * Copy of the ukash (for the CRB check)

    As a result of recent Government changes to the vetting and barring
    scheme(VBS) the cost of Enhanced CRB check is £60.Due to insurance
    purposes and our client’s policy we cannot accept CRB done outside the
    The mode of payment for your CRB is by Ukash.

    The Ukash is a new safe and secure payment method that we use for
    effective payment of CRB fees.Newsagent shops and off licence top up
    shops with a Paypoint,Payzone or epay services can issue you a Ukash
    voucher for £60.The Ukash voucher 19 digits numbers is what we require
    you to email us back for your CRB payment fees and also to ensure that
    your job placement is still effective. The CRB fees will only be
    refunded on your next wages if the report comes back satisfactory.

    We accept payments for your CRB till the 25 th April of 2013.

    Your reference number is GB92544.Please text your name and reference
    number to me once you emailed us the documents and payment proof so I
    can process your application straight away.
    Please also include your number for contact .

  14. Delma February 26, 2014 at 5:32 am Reply

    What’s my standpoint towards illegal immigrants, none yet, still doing research but i can tell there is a lot of hatred towards them and racial hatred too. I know not all illegals come from mexico, but i hear a lot of anti illegal people say send all illegals back to mexico. Well that seems racist. One thing i do hear is that illegals steal SSN and use them, but what about the other side of the coin? The thousands and thousands of citizens go get their identity stolen via internet and other scams committed by our own citizens, or are we to turn a blind eye to them and accuse illegals of being the only ones that steal? I gotta do more research but i won’t take anyone’s word for it since it seems people generalize and tag everything to illgals when in reality they are not the majority or the cause, just a small factor. Thanks for your answers. BTW i’m Irish American, my parents immigrated illegaly back in the 70’s but me, i was born here, but proud of my culture.

  15. Izetta February 26, 2014 at 11:29 pm Reply

    This doesn’t sound legitimate because he won’t give me the address of the house, told me to fill out a credit report with a website that doesn’t exist, and has no company associated with his rental. I also got an identical email response from another listing but with a different name. I think it’s a scam, but what are they trying to scam?

    This is the text of the email reply:
    First and foremost, thank you for your interest in the home. I am available to show the house this week
    if that fits your schedule.

    Just to give you a little more information about the home, the water, trash
    and garbage are paid by us. The security deposit can be paid in 2 installments if money is tight. (I know how that can be).
    The house has a fenced in backyard and we do allow pets. The deposit per pet is a one time payment.
    The house includes a washer and dryer, and we pay for lawn care so the renter does not have to cut the grass.
    There is NO application fee (our company policy and guarantee).

    I will be happy to show the house at an agreed upon time and date but I do require that all applicants and
    additional renters who will be living in the home complete a free credit report to ensure their eligibility.
    I have so many people apply for homes that I have to make sure they are qualified renters before I show the property.
    This ensures neither of us will be wasting our time.

    It is okay if you have bad credit (trust me). We just check to make sure that you don’t have several evictions on
    your record. (We won’t rent if you have 3 or more evictions on your record)

    I also had to recently stop giving out the exact address of rental properties before I am able to show them because
    last time I did that the house was vandalized (I will be glad to send you the address right after your reply) I assure
    you though that this is a very safe neighborhood. I actually lived in this home for 2 years (very cozy).

    As soon as you can, please click and go to the secure website link below to complete the free credit report: (takes about 30 seconds)
    Once you complete, I’ll call you once I receive the information from the credit company (very quickly usually).

    *** You don’t have to send me your credit report.
    Once you fill out the report the credit company automatically forwards me your name, email address and whether you have
    had any outstanding evictions in the past 5 years to determine your renter eligibility. This is the only information I am
    interested in. This is a soft credit report so it won’t touch your FICO score (which is why we work with them).

    This process turns some people off, so I completely understand if you decide not to complete them. In that case, good luck
    with your home search. I just want to be honest with you up front about our process, which does a good job of protecting
    us from ineligible renters and scammers. Also, the site above is one the safest and most secure website for credit reports in the
    world, which is good for peace of mind. I have worked with them personally for a couple years now.

    If you are truly interested in proceeding, take a moment and fill out one of the reports. Let me know when this is done and
    we can then work out the time and date to go see the home. Email me back once you access your fresh report. I will be forwarded
    the information. (Make sure to include a valid phone number. I usually call within 6 hours of submitting your report. Then I can
    forward you the address and we can set up a time to tour the home.)

    If eligible you will also be sent an email with my office number so we can set up a time to go see the house and discuss any
    other questions or concerns you may have.


  16. Evan March 2, 2014 at 5:59 pm Reply

    I sent my resume to this job posted on I received this from the company. Is it real or a scam.


    Work Staff Agency is a staffing and recruitment company with thousands of
    satisfied clients across the United States. We offer successful candidates
    the opportunity to work for our clients in full-time or temporary
    positions. The email you replied to is a tentative offer of employment
    for the available warehouse position with DF Distribution, Inc right off of 35
    and Oak Lawn Ave.

    As you saw in the ad, this position pays a generous hourly wage of
    $16.00 with great health benefits, and also
    provides potential to earn significant overtime income if you choose
    to take advantage of that, when the opportunity arises. We are hiring
    rapidly at this time, and are fully prepared to make you employment
    offer, provided that you comply with the rest of the recruitment terms.

    To accept these terms and move on to the next stage of the recruitment
    process, you must provide us with a current copy of your credit
    report/score to go in your employment file. The distribution center
    has been having trouble hiring illegal citizens, and this prevents
    from that happening. DF Distribution has request us to pre-screen all
    possible candidates for their credit score.

    Your credit report/score will not matter, as it’s rather an easy means
    of verifying your identity and valid citizenship in the US. Below will
    be a link to obtain your credit score for just a $2 processing fee. Once done, we
    will be notified and process you for in person interview. We are hiring
    5 workers but please act promptly, or the job will be taken. You will need to
    bring 2 forms of identification with you to the interview, usually ID and Social Security card.

    Your score can be obtained here:

    We appreciate your interest in joining the team, and hope you decide to come aboard!

    Cindy Johnson
    Work Staff Agency Recruiting Team

  17. Lucrecia March 3, 2014 at 10:26 am Reply

    plz plz plz ans meeeeeeeee………plz

  18. Bula March 5, 2014 at 6:43 pm Reply

    I was in the best school,i didn’t have any friends.During the final exams of my 9th standard I fell ill and couldn’t appear for the finals thus I failed,then i left the school to pass SSC 10th Privately but due to depression,tension and anger I didn’t study well and failed in 1 subject Mathematics,I Knew I had lost my year,so then after passing in mathematics I was admitted into a less known college,there I studied well and topped in 1 subject,I knew i was not at my best ,my capability was much more than this,After successfully passing 11th, I secured admission in a well known college,but after watching the facebook accounts of my former school classmates ,I cried a little to see that they were in elite colleges,which i could have been in if I would have passed my 10th in that school,now I am preparing for my 12th finals just 1 month away but still my mind is always racing for the fact that why am I the one who is left a year behind in studies,I don’t know what the future holds for me? its been a roller coaster ride for me,I have no plans about my future,I just want to move to another country and start something new but how? I want to see those people envy me? I am just a lonely soul,walking alone and waiting for someone to find me ,I feel empty ,used up,let down,stepped on and angry but helpless,thats what is going on in my mind right now huh

  19. Rocco March 15, 2014 at 12:52 am Reply

    Is every job a scam? I have asked about a job that required an automated called. There was another that required an automated call and there was a website. I have two more. I applied for one and they called, I missed the call. They gave a number name tia. I called back. I’m pretty sure of the number and that her name was tia. She was unsure of why I was calling, wasn’t sure who I was. It was weird. I called 2 and a half hours later. it was weird. She was like that wasn’t me, there’s two people in the office. And she was asking about the message and I said yes I applied for a job. The other says We are an established, reputable company. We have an A rating with the BBB! It is an outside sales job. First I talked to a woman, she said I had to go online for something the next day 8 am to 1 pm and then a guy called. They wanted me out on Monday. I got an e-mail from the woman I guess I will get something by UPS. She sad after the online thing that I had to answer the call from the guy. So what do you think? Is the first one legit? The second one? Are they all scams? I mean sure, some are scams probably. I know there are scammers out there. What do you think of the two?
    99.9999999% are scams? Really? I heard receptionist/assistant ones are. NEVER post a resume online except for a secure corporate website and only when instructed by the employer to do so?
    employers do NOT send you items by UPS. It could.

  20. Hollie April 7, 2014 at 6:17 am Reply

    Unsolicited caller directed me to then instructed me to click a link that would allow him to remotely access my computer to fix ‘problems’ he claimed my computer had reported to his company. Of course I did not give an unsolicited caller access to my PC, but I searched the web and could not find any negative info on this website, or mention of scams like this. Is it possible that this is a ligit outfit, just using a poor approach to drumming up new business?

  21. Tisa May 31, 2014 at 7:44 pm Reply

    I want a few Internet Safety Exploitation examples/stories or a real story in which something bad had happened to someone because of Internet or What can happen if Internet Safety is ignored (e.g. scams, phishing, identity theft, privacy leak and others

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