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2013-01-26 11:10:34 AM
As it turns out, the requests are official and are being done by Instagram and Facebook in response to suspected violations of the two social networks' distinct terms of service.

Why would anyone comply? Seems like it's a polite way to tell violators to get lost. Of course, violating Facebook's TOS could simply mean you posted side-boob.
 
2013-01-26 03:13:04 PM
it's a scam. Err, unless it's Facebook or Instagram

You said scam twice, er three times.
 
2013-01-26 03:31:15 PM
If I get one of those emails, I hope that a picture of my ass will be sufficient for them.

If not, I'll add a picture of my middle finger.
 
2013-01-26 03:39:04 PM
I've never felt like I'm missing out from Facebook.
 
2013-01-26 04:08:57 PM
Like I gave them my real address.
 
2013-01-26 04:28:58 PM
Oh, they can have that!  Like I gave the govt my real information!
 
2013-01-26 04:47:42 PM

thismomentinblackhistory: I've never felt like I'm missing out from Facebook.


This
 
2013-01-26 05:02:46 PM
...or PayPal
 
2013-01-26 05:09:08 PM
It's a scam because Facebook is a scam.
 
2013-01-26 05:09:23 PM
Thankfully I don't use either service, but I can't understand why anyone would provide a social media website a scan of their ID, where their full name, address, and sometimes social security number is displayed.
 
2013-01-26 05:18:17 PM
Or godaddy.

// photo ID and business license to prove that one of my clients owned a domain that they owned.
 
2013-01-26 05:20:39 PM

Coco LaFemme: Thankfully I don't use either service, but I can't understand why anyone would provide a social media website a scan of their ID, where their full name, address, and sometimes social security number is displayed.


Google asked me for the same things when I got locked out of my account. It was to prove that I was over 18 (even though I had the account for over 2 years). They even wanted my credit card details.

I just created a new account. No way will I ever give my info to Google. Fark them all.
 
2013-01-26 05:24:48 PM
I was once asked to send a copy of photo id to Blizzard ro re-secure a warcraft account. But the request was in a reply to an online trouble ticket, so I'm pretty sure it was Blizzard.

/they were probably more interested in the serial number on the CDROM sleeve
 
2013-01-26 05:26:00 PM
I got an email yesterday from "legal action" that Facebook was the subject of a class-action lawsuit and had put millions in a fund to pay people that had been improperly tagged. Anyone else seen this yet?
 
2013-01-26 05:32:04 PM

born_yesterday: I got an email yesterday from "legal action" that Facebook was the subject of a class-action lawsuit and had put millions in a fund to pay people that had been improperly tagged. Anyone else seen this yet?


Yes
 
2013-01-26 05:38:07 PM

lordargent: Or godaddy.

// photo ID and business license to prove that one of my clients owned a domain that they owned.


I'd be glad if they're not just going to hand a domain over to anyone who asked.
 
2013-01-26 06:06:53 PM
Heh. I was cleaning out an old filing cabinet last year and found a stack of BBS registrations from the 90s. People I didn't know personally had to prove their adultivity to get access to certain content. It's amazing how many people just slapped their uncensored driver's license or passport on the copier at the library. I even instructed people to mask their DL number, address, etc. and just leave the name, dob, and photo visible Too much trouble, I guess.

Which is exactly what people are being instructed to do in TFA so I don't see what the outrage is. They're being instructed to mask all personal information but name, dob, and photo.
 
2013-01-26 06:13:45 PM
davidphogan : I'd be glad if they're not just going to hand a domain over to anyone who asked.

Backstory: I was doing web development on the side at the time, and my client had about six domains for his company spread out across several registrars (previous web developers that he used had registered his domains at their registrars of choice). One of those registrars was godaddy.

Some of his registrations were coming up for renewal. I decided it would be a good idea to consolidate his registrations with one registrar. One of the registrars already had three domains on it (the remaining three were each with a different registrar).

With godaddy, my client had The password for the e-mail address used in the registration but he did not have the password for the registrar (godaddy) because a previous developer had set it up and not sent the password along.

Ok, so we need to do a password reset on this thing before we transfer it, here we go.

1) We called by phone (waited on hold for about 40 minutes) provided all of the info that they asked for (name, address, phone, last digits of credit card number, etc) , but they wouldn't do a reset of the password by sending e-mail to the primary contact listed in the whois record (gave some spiel about how the contact mail address can't be on the domain that it's the contact address for.).

2) Instead, they asked us to fax them a copy of the business license, to prove that my client owned the domain. (the name of the business == the name of the domain).

3) Several days later, we called back and they said that they needed ID as well (why didn't they ask for that along with the business license?). We faxed them an ID (name on ID == name of business owner on the business license).

4) Ok this looks good, let me reset the password for you (YES, FINALLY!!)

5) Used the new password to log in, no problems there. Tried to transfer the domain ... transfer wouldn't go through ... call again to find out there's a 60 day transfer lockout (on a domain that conveniently expires in 40 days). Also note that we didn't change any contact info in the whois record, so there shouldn't have been a lockout of any kind. But godaddy has a history of being shady with lockouts.

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/perlow/godaddy-still-violates-icann-policy -a nd-still-sleazy/18518

6) Escalated, read their lockout policy to them verbatim from their site, they agreed to lift the lockout.

In short, I believe that since we were transferring a domain away from them, they purposely made things as difficult as possible. We had valid ID, a valid business license, etc, obviously not domain hijackers, and they still gave us all sorts of shiat.

// getting through on their phone line is nearly impossible, this whole ordeal took about 30 days. The other two domains that needed transferring went off without a hitch (they sent e-mail to the address in the whois record).

In short FARK godaddy.
 
2013-01-26 06:47:54 PM
And I'm one step closer to deleting my Facebook account...the point that I'm asked to do this is the point I delete it.
 
2013-01-26 06:57:20 PM

sheep snorter: to lazy to shop something but heres the type of id to send to the corporate machine. Take your basic local id and embellish it.

[i.imgur.com image 450x287]


I'm reporting you to DHS for suspicious behavior.

The rest of you shut up and stop complaining about your so-called privacy needs.
 
2013-01-26 07:00:21 PM
So what? If you don't like it, don't use Facebook.
 
2013-01-26 07:06:54 PM

weapon13: Coco LaFemme: Thankfully I don't use either service, but I can't understand why anyone would provide a social media website a scan of their ID, where their full name, address, and sometimes social security number is displayed.

Google asked me for the same things when I got locked out of my account. It was to prove that I was over 18 (even though I had the account for over 2 years). They even wanted my credit card details.

I just created a new account. No way will I ever give my info to Google. Fark them all.


Google and FB are in bed together. They pulled the same sh*t with one of my emails and then locked me out of it. They also wanted to let themselves browse through my other email account. F*ck 'em.
 
2013-01-26 07:07:28 PM
I would get rid of it altogether. There is no way that I would ever scan and email a govt. issued id. That is quite possibly the stupidest thing I've heard today
 
2013-01-26 07:12:04 PM
Haha not a chance, Facebook. The day you ask me for this is the day I quit.
 
2013-01-26 07:21:39 PM

lordargent: In short FARK godaddy.


Huh. I've used them for years but never had any issues. I had a similar problem with a now out of business local ISP in San Diego, but since I was able to show up at their office it was obviously easier to resolve.
 
2013-01-26 07:23:18 PM

Creoena: And I'm one step closer to deleting my Facebook account...the point that I'm asked to do this is the point I delete it.


I shall now tag you as "Edgy"

/you really like sticking it to to the man, eh?
 
2013-01-26 07:26:09 PM

AbbeySomeone: weapon13: Coco LaFemme: Thankfully I don't use either service, but I can't understand why anyone would provide a social media website a scan of their ID, where their full name, address, and sometimes social security number is displayed.

Google asked me for the same things when I got locked out of my account. It was to prove that I was over 18 (even though I had the account for over 2 years). They even wanted my credit card details.

I just created a new account. No way will I ever give my info to Google. Fark them all.

Google and FB are in bed together. They pulled the same sh*t with one of my emails and then locked me out of it. They also wanted to let themselves browse through my other email account. F*ck 'em.


Kinky. Think they'll post pictures?
 
2013-01-26 07:26:33 PM
Inorder for Facebook to change my wife's name after we got married, I had to scan a copy of our marriage licence, black out all of our personal info except for our names and upload it to them. All of that because they thought my last name was made up.
Took them 2 months to finally change her last name...

/I hate Facebook yet never disable my account, it's like crack...
 
2013-01-26 07:28:27 PM
cock smokers at paypal asked me for this. Called them on the phone and told them off, the guy tried to be helpful and "get around" the ID req but I ended up instructing him to delete all traces of my account

Of course he didn't, I had to later go in and delete it myself.

Then I got emails for 2 months about "something is wrong with your paypal account, please log in"

and then 2 more phone calls before I think they actually deleted it
(except for the records they keep to sell my id and shiat I'm sure)

FARK THIS SHIAT

I don't get to know who is dumping millions into our democratic campaigns, banks don't have to verify dick and apparently get away with funding terrorism... but they get to have a copy of all my most sensitive documents (which will get stolen in a hack, eventually) to them? FARK THAT

They'll keep doing this shiat until people get smart and tell them all to fark off. It's time they are reminded who their services serve and what happens to stock prices when we tell them to get farked.
 
2013-01-26 07:32:56 PM
davidphogan: Huh. I've used them for years but never had any issues.

Consider yourself lucky to have beaten the average but your anecdote does nothing to assuage my feeling that it's a company run by douche-bags.

// Especially after their support of SOPA ... that they eventually backed out after public criticism. Quite frankly, godaddy is on my blacklist of companies that aren't to be trusted by the consumer. YMMV
 
2013-01-26 07:44:19 PM

ChubbyTiger: AbbeySomeone: weapon13: Coco LaFemme: Thankfully I don't use either service, but I can't understand why anyone would provide a social media website a scan of their ID, where their full name, address, and sometimes social security number is displayed.

Google asked me for the same things when I got locked out of my account. It was to prove that I was over 18 (even though I had the account for over 2 years). They even wanted my credit card details.

I just created a new account. No way will I ever give my info to Google. Fark them all.

Google and FB are in bed together. They pulled the same sh*t with one of my emails and then locked me out of it. They also wanted to let themselves browse through my other email account. F*ck 'em.

Kinky. Think they'll post pictures?


I have them. Send me your credit card and I'll forward them. I'll need your photo id for 'security purposes' as well.
 
2013-01-26 07:50:13 PM

Chelsea Clinton Is Carrot Top's Lost Twin: Creoena: And I'm one step closer to deleting my Facebook account...the point that I'm asked to do this is the point I delete it.

I shall now tag you as "Edgy"

/you really like sticking it to to the man, eh?


I feel honored now, thanks.
 
2013-01-26 08:00:53 PM
This would be the appropriate response sent back.

thumbs.dreamstime.com
 
2013-01-26 08:22:11 PM
Who would do this?
 
2013-01-26 08:34:33 PM
Does your ID need to match your avatar? I mean I don't know how in hell I would get the DMV to agree to put a picture of Jenna Jameson on MY driver's license.
 
2013-01-26 09:22:16 PM

Creoena: And I'm one step closer to deleting my Facebook account...the point that I'm asked to do this is the point I delete it.


How can you delete it if you can't access it?

/delete it now before it's too late
 
2013-01-26 09:33:13 PM

Feral_and_Preposterous: Does your ID need to match your avatar? I mean I don't know how in hell I would get the DMV to agree to put a picture of Jenna Jameson on MY driver's license.



Just scan your DL with her pic on it.

/and while we're on the subject, They always say they'll never ask for your password, never said nothing about gov't approved ID.
 
2013-01-26 10:37:02 PM

BumpInTheNight: it's a scam. Err, unless it's Facebook or Instagram

You said scam twice, er three times.


HAH!

Soooo true.
 
2013-01-26 11:30:23 PM
I like all the people saying the they'll delete their account if they're asked to do this.

If you're asked to do this it means they've locked you out of your account. You won't be able to delete your account without doing it!
 
2013-01-26 11:47:24 PM

born_yesterday: I got an email yesterday from "legal action" that Facebook was the subject of a class-action lawsuit and had put millions in a fund to pay people that had been improperly tagged. Anyone else seen this yet?


Yeah I'm getting $10 and some dumbass lawyer's getting ten million
 
2013-01-27 12:01:19 AM

Chelsea Clinton Is Carrot Top's Lost Twin: Creoena: And I'm one step closer to deleting my Facebook account...the point that I'm asked to do this is the point I delete it.

I shall now tag you as "Edgy"

/you really like sticking it to to the man, eh?


It's a weird attitude, right? I feel that if you really cared about this stuff you would have stood up for your privacy years ago, not watched it eroded piece-meal over the years.
 
2013-01-27 01:02:26 AM

Macular Degenerate: Haha not a chance, Facebook. The day you ask me for this is the day I quit.


bucketloads of THIS. Facebook does not have my image, my real name, my real DOB or anything that can identify me and they never will. My privacy has not been eroded at all and I will not allow it to be. I use facebook to look at others eroding their privacy not to erode my own...
 
2013-01-27 01:31:14 AM
A bartender once asked me for a photo ID to sell me alcohol. I didn't fall for it.
 
2013-01-27 02:07:56 AM
Remember: If you get an email saying you need to supply a copy of your photo ID to access your account, it's a scam. Err, unless it's a scam or a scam

Fixed the headline for you subby
 
2013-01-27 03:45:31 AM
Other than places I do business with like Amazon etc, I have never given my real name or info to any website, even email accounts I use don't get that info. As a result, when you Google my name, zero results come up pertaining to me.
 
2013-01-27 05:07:10 AM

moothemagiccow: born_yesterday: I got an email yesterday from "legal action" that Facebook was the subject of a class-action lawsuit and had put millions in a fund to pay people that had been improperly tagged. Anyone else seen this yet?

Yeah I'm getting $10 and some dumbass lawyer's getting ten million


Newsflash: you aren't even going to get $10.
 
2013-01-27 08:17:25 AM

Creoena: And I'm one step closer to deleting my Facebook account...the point that I'm asked to do this is the point I delete it.


I got tired of all the random Jesus freaks and tea baggers that slowly came out of the woodwork on my original Facebook account, so I decided to make a new page for only very close friends and family. About an hour after I created my new Facebook account my daughter dropped by and she can't be away from Facebook for more than 20 minutes without withering and dying, so she logged me out and logged in to her account. After she left I went to log in and couldn't remember the pass for my new page (yes, alcohol was involved). When I went to the password retrieval page they said that I would have to provide my cell phone number so they could text my password to me.

Ahahahahahahahahahaha

Screw Facebook.

=]
 
2013-01-27 10:16:00 AM

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: moothemagiccow: born_yesterday: I got an email yesterday from "legal action" that Facebook was the subject of a class-action lawsuit and had put millions in a fund to pay people that had been improperly tagged. Anyone else seen this yet?

Yeah I'm getting $10 and some dumbass lawyer's getting ten million

Newsflash: you aren't even going to get $10.


yeah i didnt sign up
 
2013-01-27 11:26:06 AM
not a farking chance. you can keep that timeline bullshiat, i haven't updated it in a couple years anyway.
 
2013-01-27 01:27:28 PM

lordargent: davidphogan : In short, I believe that since we were transferring a domain away from them, they purposely made things as difficult as possible. We had valid ID, a valid business license, etc, obviously not domain hijackers, and they still gave us all sorts of shiat.

// getting through on their phone line is nearly impossible, this whole ordeal took about 30 days. The other two domains that needed transferring went off without a hitch (they sent e-mail to the address in the whois record).

In short FARK godaddy.


Yes!
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