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Safe Travel Practices - Digital Edition

I'm taking my laptop on vacation, for the first time. What do I need to do to be sure my info stays safe? [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Nov 12, 2014 - 9 answers

Is this a known scam, and what are my next steps?

I believe I've just thwarted a scam being attempted in my name with my credit card. I have several questions about this: 1. Have I understood the scam correctly? 2. Does the scam have a name or is it something new? 3. Who should I report this to? 4. What steps should I take to protect my identity? [more inside]
posted by alms on Sep 13, 2014 - 6 answers

My Debit Card was compromised, now what?

I had to get a new card on Saturday. On Monday, I purchased something on the internet. Today, someone spent 1300 of my bucks on something called "educational services" in New Delhi, while I sit here on the east coast of America. The bank says not to worry. But should I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2014 - 15 answers

Printed bank statement may have fallen into wrong hands. What to do?

My mother still gets her bank statements by paper mail. Her latest one failed to be delivered for 2 weeks now, and she verified the bank mailed it, so we assume it was delivered by the mail carrier to the wrong address, or dropped, or something. Nothing has happened yet, but it seems best to guard against the worst-case scenario, namely that someone else now has her home address, bank address, all account numbers (including retirement accounts), possibly other identifying information, and has the willingness to exploit it. What are the prudent steps we should take? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Feb 25, 2014 - 9 answers

Facebook Minimalism for Noobs

How can I set up Facebook from scratch with minimal spam/leakage into other accounts and minimal leakage from/to people I don't know? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Feb 6, 2014 - 8 answers

Identity Theft

I just discovered 8 fraudulent charges on my credit card statement from September 2013 totaling $933.00. Yes, it's my fault. I should have paid attention to my statement when it came in. My credit union, who is supposed to call us when they notice a suspicious transaction, didn't catch it either because we were not notified. I called my credit union today as soon as I noticed it and spoke to the fraud department. I was unclear from that conversation whether my deadline to report a fraudulent transaction is 60 days or 90 days from the date of the fraud, but either way, I'm past the deadline. Today is 1/25/14, the frauds were committed between 9/6/13 and 9/11/13. I also called Visa. They told me this is between me and my bank. Does anyone know if I have any recourse?
posted by htm on Jan 25, 2014 - 17 answers

Kindle Imposter Needs To Be Shut Down!

Starting around 11am Dec 25 I started getting email from Amazon for a person named Tammy XXXX who shares my last name. My assumption is she used my email address accidentally to register her kindle. What do I do about this? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Dec 30, 2013 - 20 answers

Good online banks with fraud protection

I'm interested in switching to an online-only bank, but I want one that offers complete fraud protection. I am considering Ally Bank, but I can't tell from their website exactly what sort of coverage and reimbursement they offer. My current bank (B of A) watches my account for red flags and has been very good about immediately reimbursing me for any fraudulent purchases. It's happened about once a year when I use my debit card regularly, so I need to make sure I'm covered. I'm a student, so I don't have that much in a checking account to protect but every dollar counts.
posted by you're a kitty! on Nov 15, 2013 - 7 answers

Email weirdness: Prelude to a scam?

I've got two strange emails in a row where someone is using my email as the contact to set up accounts. Could this be some kind of scam? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Oct 28, 2013 - 10 answers

How can I help my brother?

A few years ago I posted here to ask for help after having my identity stolen by my mother. It turns out that this has now happened to my younger brother as well, but he isn't being smart about it. How can I help him? [more inside]
posted by delicate_dahlias on Sep 17, 2013 - 12 answers

Is someone stealing my sister's identity?

My sister just got a phone call from someone claiming to be from a (seemingly real) real estate company in Colorado. (We are in New York.) The woman said she was calling to follow up on a home loan application, apparently filed with my sister's name, email, and phone number. But my sister has filed no such thing. Whaaaat is going on? [more inside]
posted by Charity Garfein on Sep 9, 2013 - 9 answers

Is this proposed business transaction a scam?

My sister was contacted by a Texas company to perform cleaning services for recently vacated, corporate-provided apartments. These apartments are in a capital city in Western Canada - this is where she and I live. While there is more inside, in a nutshell, my question is: why is a Texas company hiring an inexperienced new one-woman cleaning business for this, instead of a local cleaning chain? Because it's a scam, right? Please help me figure this out. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Aug 27, 2013 - 19 answers

Someone is using my Gmail & old personal address to sign up for things

A few months ago, I started getting emails thanking me for signing up for things like Match.com, Monster, and a few newsletters, all of these were using a personal address that I haven't used in about 7 years. I figured it was a weird spam thing, since the user names they created for these accounts were just random letters (like djfdksjafkasjvnckdfja). Today, I got four different responses from auto insurance companies about quote requests that I didn't actually make, all using that old address as well. I think I need to delete my Google account to stop this, but I'm very very hesitant to lose access to all my paid apps. Any suggestions what I could do?
posted by shesdeadimalive on Aug 20, 2013 - 11 answers

How does my girlfriend prove that these medical charges are not hers?

She received a $6000+ bill from Kaiser Permanente for a visit to an emergency room which she never made. We suspect identity theft, and Kaiser does not believe her. How can she prove her case, or otherwise get Kaiser to drop their bill? [more inside]
posted by thetruthisjustalie on Jul 1, 2013 - 24 answers

Identity Theft Victim Needs a Therapist

Very short and to the point question. A family member has been the victim of identity theft, and are doing very poorly in terms of mental health in the process of trying to cope. They have severe phone anxiety, social anxiety, etc, and this is emotionally destroying them. I need a therapist in the Atlanta metro area, preferably Dunwoody/Norcross area that is taking new patients ASAP and who has experience with ID theft and anxiety issues. Bonus if they take Blue Cross Blue Shield GA's Blue Choice POS insurance, but willing to pay if they don't.
posted by strixus on Jun 21, 2013 - 2 answers

Do Free File confirmation e-mails contain sensitive information?

Do the confirmation e-mails for e-filing federal tax returns with Free File Fillable Forms contain sensitive information? [more inside]
posted by millions on Mar 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Should I start to worry about identity-theft/phishing?

I recently started in a new job and got a used laptop for my desk. I have utilized this with my Chrome/ Google account. Then, after a few weeks, I got a warning in gmail, telling me that a foreign state might be trying to hack my account or computer. My question is, should I start to worry about being tageted by hackers? Or is the alert from google and the phishing attempts a coincidence? [more inside]
posted by Nightly on Feb 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Someone may be using my license information - what should I do?

Scam filter: An apartment finders made a copy of my license upon entering (before even filling out an application). I didn't end up using their service and asked for the copy of my license back. They made a bunch of excuses and then said that they shredded the copy of my license and showed me a bunch of shreddings. What can I do to protect my identity? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Dec 13, 2012 - 9 answers

Have I been phished by a hooker?

Have I been phished? If so, what do I do? I suddenly started getting phonecalls and texts from people looking for prostitutes. They're calling both my cell and home phones. I recently applied for a credit card, and now I'm afraid the site wasn't legit. [more inside]
posted by mneekadon on Sep 29, 2012 - 10 answers

HELP! (Theft of our info)

Burglary - 2 computers, and ALL of our documents. What steps to take? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Aug 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Identity details online - what now

Identity theft - passport number, date of birth and full name available on the internet. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2012 - 3 answers

Who should I notify about a data breach?

I just discovered a huge amount of sensitive data (Scanned credit cards / Driver's Licenses) on an unsecured Wi-Fi network. Who should I notify? [more inside]
posted by ninepin on Jun 8, 2012 - 16 answers

Out of the frying pan and into the fryer

Apparently someone took out a home loan in my name. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by never nice on May 12, 2012 - 22 answers

how do i toss financial documents easily?

i need to do a really deep cleaning of my living space. [more inside]
posted by divinitys.mortal.flesh on Apr 10, 2012 - 15 answers

How to prevent possible identity theft?

I might have foolishly entered sensitive info in a place I shouldn't. What can I do to minimize possible damage? [more inside]
posted by 7life on Mar 2, 2012 - 6 answers

Email confirmation for a car rental that I didn't book, how to handle.

I received an email confirming a rental car booking in another state that I haven't made; what actions should I be taking? [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jan 17, 2012 - 29 answers

Credit monitoring? Identity theft protection? Wouldn't it have been cheaper to just encrypt the data?

A few months ago, SAIC lost a backup tape with the names, social security numbers, addresses, and medical treatment information of roughly 5 million TRICARE patients in the San Antonio, TX area between 1992 and 2011. My name was amongst them, and I'm being offered a year of "credit monitoring and restoration services" as compensation. Are there any downsides to taking it? Any real upsides? [more inside]
posted by SemiSophos on Dec 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Anonymous hackers are planning to post my information on the web. What should I do to avoid getting my identity messed up?

My information got hacked by Anonymous. They got an expired debit card number, my name, address, and password, and are about to publish the whole mess on the internet. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2011 - 22 answers

Do I need to shred balance transfer checks?

Do I need to shred the monthly balance transfer checks my credit card company sends me? Could someone else use them if they found them in the trash, or intercepted the mail? And has anyone had luck stopping them?
posted by smackfu on Nov 23, 2011 - 13 answers

Monster.com identity theft? Spam?

Yesterday, someone apparently signed me up for monster.com, beyond.com, and jobfox.com. I know this because I received welcome emails from all three of them to my primary mail address and under my name. As far as I know, my primary mail address has not been compromised. What is going on here?
posted by fake on Nov 18, 2011 - 36 answers

Is there a speed/efficiency reason not to put the slips in the register after each sale?

Is it normal for cashiers to put all the sale receipts in a pile to 'speed up the line'? [more inside]
posted by winna on Nov 2, 2011 - 32 answers

Who loses in this phone/insurance scam?

UK Phone/ insurance scam? Company don't seem to care. Need ideas? [more inside]
posted by Wilder on Oct 4, 2011 - 8 answers

How to get rid of phishing software?

Is someone scamming me? [Mac spyware filter] [more inside]
posted by fritillary on Sep 13, 2011 - 15 answers

Prospective Employer Asking for Social Security # - my rights & protections

I've been approached by a firm about a position they need to fill. Staff is enthusiastic and after several conversations, I received an e-mail from their HR head asking to fill out an application form. Did it over the weekend but now she's asking me for my social security # to verify my education credentials. Trying to get out of it, but they're acting like there's no other option. [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam on Sep 12, 2011 - 23 answers

Someone is using my wife's phone number: should we worry?

My wife regularly gets calls for a particular different person. Should we be worried? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2011 - 22 answers

though if you're willing to dig through my trash, maybe you've earned it

How careful do I need to be in disposing of the credit card offers that come in the mail? [more inside]
posted by segfault on Jun 28, 2011 - 10 answers

Lost my driver's license, am 19 years old, never had a credit card or applied for credit in any fashion before, how likely is identify theft?

Lost my driver's license, am 19 years old, never had a credit card or applied for credit in any fashion before, how likely is identify theft? [more inside]
posted by bookman117 on Mar 8, 2011 - 14 answers

F'ed by FB?

How do I report a fraudulent Facebook account? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2011 - 17 answers

And Don't Forget To Give Me Back My Black T-Shirt

After a pretty horrid turn of events, I'm left feeling unsatisfied by my bank's loss prevention department. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jan 1, 2011 - 36 answers

RFID Hacking

RFID Hacking: Real or Hype; Prevention [more inside]
posted by KRS on Dec 8, 2010 - 14 answers

Should I be worried?

Insurance salesmen recently got a lead with my name and an old phone number from somewhere--that number got 10-15 calls in the past few days. I also recently lost my wallet. Any possible connection? [more inside]
posted by _Silky_ on Nov 7, 2010 - 2 answers

What do I do after someone uses my SSN for himself?

Someone in another state used my SSN to open credit in his name (not my name or address). Then this guy skipped out on the bills. Now the bank has tried to garnish my wages at my job by via my SSN. My job told the bank to get lost, basically, since I'm not the guy in question. Still, there's this matter of my SSN being used by this guy. I've checked my credit reports and there's nothing there that shouldn't be and I've placed fraud alerts with the three credit reporting agencies. What should I do next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2010 - 6 answers

Can I redact my voice mail?

I left all of my health insurance information on a hospital voice mail. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2010 - 8 answers

Failed Credit Card Fraud?

Why did someone use my credit card information to make a fraudulent online purchase, but then have the goods shipped to me? [more inside]
posted by burnmp3s on Jul 15, 2010 - 21 answers

G-mail recovery

A friend of mine recently had his g-mail account broken into. Someone got in an started sending out bcc e-mails to all the contacts saying he had been mugged in a foreign land and needed cash. The conversation was clearly 419 language and clearly not my friend, so there was no damage. Is there anything that can be done to recover the g-mail address? Any way to contact Google about it and make the case? Obviously just creating a new g-mail address and starting over is the obvious answer, but I am wondering if there is a process for recovering a g-mail identity that's demonstrably "yours".
posted by chavenet on Jun 17, 2010 - 7 answers

How do I compel removal of my personal info from Internet searches?

What legal recourse do I have to force a publisher of my personal information on the Internet to remove it? [more inside]
posted by QuestionableSwami on Jun 15, 2010 - 10 answers

What tipped off the credit card company for fraud?

Just got a call from my bank, Chase, for credit card fraud. Got it all taken care of, card canceled, new one on the way...no worries. I'm just wondering, what tipped them off? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea on May 26, 2010 - 58 answers

Identity theft- now what?

Someone's been submitting credit card applications with my name and SSN. [more inside]
posted by Mayor West on Apr 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Death, Taxes, and Identity Theft

My tax return was sent to the wrong address. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 11, 2010 - 2 answers

Can a genealogy site display personal info without my permission?

Is it legal for a random genealogy website to display my full name, birthdate and mother's maiden name without asking my permission? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2010 - 15 answers

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