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 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 11:22 AM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

Thank you for your very informative and concise reply, solium.

You have found out a lot, in a short time, and it appears that other groups, like FedEx, are
now aware of the fraud systems these individuals are using, and can put roadblocks in their paths.

The really BIG issue in all this is how we, as consumers, are always told how carefully we must frame OUR private passwords, and keep OUR credit card and social security numbers safe, while the big corporations and government departments and healthcare systems and insurance companies and credit card companies seem to be totally lax in protecting those same pieces of information WE give them and are so careful about---trusting that they will keep this valuable information safe. So it's 2,500,000 identity hacks here, 500,000 there, and on and on. They have a lot to answer for with their sloppiness.

My partner uses PayPal on some of his purchases---we'll have to be very careful now.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 11:28 AM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Good, clear-headed and responsible action on the part of our friend Solium, here.
Nicely done, mate.

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 11:44 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

No problem guys. Just doing my civic duty. wink

Now the wait. I found out my local sheriffs office cannot file a fraud report without a fraud affidavit from PayPal. I called PayPal back and asked them to send me the required form, and they said it will take 15 to 30 days for them to investigate my fraud claim before they send out the affidavit. (Though at least the accounts are frozen while they investigate the issue.)

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 11:50 AM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Now the wait. I found out my local sheriffs office cannot file a fraud report without a fraud affidavit from PayPal. I called PayPal back and asked them to send me the required form, and they said it will take 15 to 30 days for them to investigate my fraud claim before they send out the affidavit. (Though at least the accounts are frozen while they investigate the issue.)


It just occured to me that maybe the folks who ordered that stuff might have thought to come get it from your mailbox before you got to it. (You all probably thought of this already--I'm a little slow on the uptake today.)

Be super careful Solium!

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 12:34 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

If I blast score music outside my window that should scare off any potential crooks! wink
Seriously, knowing how they try to reroute the packages, I think the chances are good the crooks are far away. Maybe even out of the country.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 12:40 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

If I blast score music outside my window that should scare off any potential crooks! wink
Seriously, knowing how they try to reroute the packages, I think the chances are good the crooks are far away. Maybe even out of the country.



All I know is I got this vision of John Travolta getting his mail from Kirstie Alley's mailbox in "Look Who's Talking", but that these people would be far more of the seedy, lowlife criminal type than Travolta could possibly be!

 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 9:21 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Bumping this up.

I just received a letter from some company I never heard of that handles merchant processing for various retailers. I was informed they just found out "recently" their servers were hacked way back in March (2013) and infected with Malware. Information that could be obtained was my name, address, credit card number, security number, etc.

No one is safe from this. Check your credit rating once a year for free. If you suspect an issue, put a credit alert on your account with all three credit agencies. If you are a victim of identity theft put a freeze on your credit account. Google "Identity Theft" for what else to do. No one is going to help you, I had to find out on my own.

 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 9:42 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

It's funny how complacent we can be about such things. Which is why I routinely check my bank accounts every day or 2 just to make sure no unexpected charges have hit. Good luck!

 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 10:18 AM   
 By:   The Projectionist   (Member)

Bumping this up.

I just received a letter from some company I never heard of that handles merchant processing for various retailers. I was informed they just found out "recently" their servers were hacked way back in March (2013) and infected with Malware. Information that could be obtained was my name, address, credit card number, security number, etc.

No one is safe from this. Check your credit rating once a year for free. If you suspect an issue, put a credit alert on your account with all three credit agencies. If you are a victim of identity theft put a freeze on your credit account. Google "Identity Theft" for what else to do. No one is going to help you, I had to find out on my own.


It seems to me that you were not a victim of fraud exactly since you didn't lose anything. But rather you were a accessory to the preparation of a fraud, the hackers used your name to test the security of these companies. They probably tracked the packages sent to you just to see if their scheme would work. Now that they know it works, they start shipping things to themselves.

So you really returned the packages? Did the letter mention that you could keep or had to return the items?

 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 6:02 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)


So you really returned the packages? Did the letter mention that you could keep or had to return the items?


Yes I returned the items sent to me. And all accounts set up in my name have been frozen or deleted by those companies. I now have a credit freeze set up. No one can aquire "new" credit under my name unless I approve it in writing.

There are a few drawbacks, I can't apply for instant credit. (small price to pay). It could slow my hiring prospects if I look for a new job. Employers won't be able to do a credit check on me. (again a small price to pay)

The stolen credit card information is another matter. I however set up online banking alerts. For example I get a daily balance by email every day. Also my bank emails me when ever there is a transaction over $100 dollars. (You can set it up for any amount you want.) So if anything happens from this point forward I will be on top of it.

 
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