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(Krebs On Security)   Some identity thieves go to great length to get your SSN, this one just buys it straight from Experian   (krebsonsecurity.com) divider line 93
    More: Asinine, SSN, social security numbers, Experian, identity theft, credit bureaus, LexisNexis, U.S. Secret Service, consumer credits  
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2013-10-21 04:41:42 PM
affordablehousinginstitute.org
 
2013-10-21 06:03:17 PM
I worked at a firm that had access to over 100 million Experian records, one for each US household.  Amazing stuff.
 
2013-10-21 06:04:07 PM
It's like making private for profit companies the gate keepers of a number that has become important to every day life is a bad idea.
 
2013-10-21 06:07:17 PM
Knock yourself out thieves.

/Go ahead and try to use my identity for any purpose and see what happens.
 
2013-10-21 06:10:20 PM
Got an email from a temp agency that saw my resume on Monster.com. The agency had the perfect contract position for me, but to be considered for the position I had to provide the last four digits of my Social Security number. The agency rep even called me up and after we talked about the position at Liberty Mutual, he couldn't submit my resume to them without my SS.
 
2013-10-21 06:19:32 PM
I can't believe how much stake we've put in a simple farking 9-digit number. It's absolutely insane.

Of course, people still use paper checks with the account and routing numbers printed right on them so I guess I shouldn't be surprised.
 
2013-10-21 06:19:34 PM
Eh, I just use Chrome, which auto-censors my SSN whenever I type it in: xxx-xx-xxxx

Thanks Google!
 
2013-10-21 06:22:47 PM
Time to test the Fark filters:

XXX-XX-XXXX
 
2013-10-21 06:23:22 PM
Yep, they still block out posted SSNs!
 
2013-10-21 06:25:38 PM
Why didn't they include a link to all of the SSNs that were leaked?  In order to ensure we're all safe, we've gotta be sure ours isn't on that list you know.
 
2013-10-21 06:26:26 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: Knock yourself out thieves.

/Go ahead and try to use my identity for any purpose and see what happens.


The bank reject your $5 loan request again?

/ I keed
 
2013-10-21 06:27:16 PM
Let's see if it works.  I'm not going to trust these random people on the internet above me:   XXX-XX-XXXX
 
2013-10-21 06:34:00 PM
457-55-5462
 
2013-10-21 06:35:54 PM
My turn: hunter2

/praise be to the fark filters!
 
2013-10-21 06:35:57 PM

JesseL: I can't believe how much stake we've put in a simple farking 9-digit number. It's absolutely insane.


Its called scope creep.  Also see Drivers License as another example.
 
2013-10-21 06:36:10 PM

This text is now purple: 457-55-5462


I bet your Credit Card shows up as x's too.
 
2013-10-21 06:36:26 PM
Interesting. I'll try mine:

HUN-TE-RTWO
 
2013-10-21 06:37:26 PM
These companies (Equifax, Experian, and the worst one, TransUnion),  are totally irresponsible. They sell your info, but take no responsibility for what they sell because they do not verify or check. If something in their product is wrong - YOU FIX IT - for them, for free!
Time for some real government intervention into this business!! Years overdue.
 
2013-10-21 06:37:41 PM

iheartscotch: HotIgneous Intruder: Knock yourself out thieves.

/Go ahead and try to use my identity for any purpose and see what happens.

The bank reject your $5 loan request again?

/ I keed


Yep. Poverty and bad credit are my defense against identity thieves.
 
2013-10-21 06:39:22 PM

super_grass: This text is now purple: 457-55-5462

I bet your Credit Card shows up as x's too.


imageshack.us
 
2013-10-21 06:39:56 PM

skinink: Got an email from a temp agency that saw my resume on Monster.com. The agency had the perfect contract position for me, but to be considered for the position I had to provide the last four digits of my Social Security number. The agency rep even called me up and after we talked about the position at Liberty Mutual, he couldn't submit my resume to them without my SS.



Lots of jobs require background checks... especially those where you might handle or be near money and accounts.
 
2013-10-21 06:41:25 PM
558-67-5309
 
2013-10-21 06:42:22 PM
My credit level is far deep in the sh*tter, that I almost feel sorry for the dumb bastard that tries to steal my identity.
 
2013-10-21 06:43:12 PM
As someone with a publicdata.com account i'm getting a kick out of these replies ;)
 
2013-10-21 06:44:37 PM

Katolu: 558-67-5309


Jenny?
 
2013-10-21 06:44:41 PM
867-42-1707
 
2013-10-21 06:45:18 PM
Did anyone else, on first skim/read, think that this had to do with these:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-10-21 06:45:27 PM
images.sodahead.com
♪ ♫  I wanted to know my Credit Report today so I thought I'd take a look.
But I found my ID was stolen because it was sold off to some gooks... ♪ ♫
 
2013-10-21 06:45:55 PM

Beeblebrox: Katolu: 558-67-5309

Jenny?


Bah, guess who didn't read closely enough before he made the same reference.

/tiny fist
 
2013-10-21 06:46:47 PM
 
2013-10-21 06:47:09 PM
Tell me again why the NSA is the biggest threat to my personal security.
 
2013-10-21 06:47:47 PM

skinink: Got an email from a temp agency that saw my resume on Monster.com. The agency had the perfect contract position for me, but to be considered for the position I had to provide the last four digits of my Social Security number. The agency rep even called me up and after we talked about the position at Liberty Mutual, he couldn't submit my resume to them without my SS.


My Weeners:

i651.photobucket.com

So give them Todd Davis's last 4:
xxx-xx-5462

Or tell the rep you'll need HIS (or HER) last four, and the last four of the HR mouthbreather who will be reviewing your application. "For verification purposes only."
 
2013-10-21 06:49:36 PM
Maynard G. Krebs? The G stands for Walter.
 
2013-10-21 06:49:38 PM

Bondith: 867-42-1707


That's no a real number. Google says so.

But then I tried signing up for a pron subscription with it and it went through???

Why???

???

.
 
2013-10-21 06:50:34 PM
If you control the mail, you control ... INFORMATION!
 
2013-10-21 06:50:36 PM
Some guy stole some of my old checks I'd apparently thrown out, made the checks out to himself and signed them with my name, and took them to the teller to cash.  He got the money, but he had to give them his ID and thumbprint, not to mention that he used his real name.  Looked him up on the web- wasn't the first time he'd done this.  Gonna be an easy one for the cops.
 
2013-10-21 06:51:17 PM

Bondith: Beeblebrox: Katolu: 558-67-5309

Jenny?

Bah, guess who didn't read closely enough before he made the same reference.

/tiny fist


Refresh was pretty slow :(
 
2013-10-21 06:57:46 PM
I'll just leave this here:

http://www.fakenamegenerator.com/
 
2013-10-21 07:00:37 PM
Pharque-it:
These companies (Equifax, Experian, and the worst one, TransUnion), are totally irresponsible. They sell your info, but take no responsibility for what they sell because they do not verify or check. If something in their product is wrong - YOU FIX IT - for them, for free!

Time for some real government intervention into this business!! Years overdue.


The US government did just intervene in a major way.

Experian has the contract to give HHS your credit info for Obamacare - they're linked into the ACA website.

Feel better?
 
2013-10-21 07:03:02 PM

cirby: Pharque-it:
These companies (Equifax, Experian, and the worst one, TransUnion), are totally irresponsible. They sell your info, but take no responsibility for what they sell because they do not verify or check. If something in their product is wrong - YOU FIX IT - for them, for free!

Time for some real government intervention into this business!! Years overdue.

The US government did just intervene in a major way.

Experian has the contract to give HHS your credit info for Obamacare - they're linked into the ACA website.

Feel better?


Why does the government need to know a score dreamed up entirely by private companies?
 
2013-10-21 07:03:11 PM

skinink: Got an email from a temp agency that saw my resume on Monster.com. The agency had the perfect contract position for me, but to be considered for the position I had to provide the last four digits of my Social Security number. The agency rep even called me up and after we talked about the position at Liberty Mutual, he couldn't submit my resume to them without my SS.


To be fair, you're probably better off having your identity stolen and having your life torn out from under you than you would be doing a contract job for a temp agency recruiter from Monster.
 
2013-10-21 07:04:21 PM
 
2013-10-21 07:05:26 PM

Katolu: Bondith: Beeblebrox: Katolu: 558-67-5309

Jenny?

Bah, guess who didn't read closely enough before he made the same reference.

/tiny fist

Refresh was pretty slow :(


No, I saw your post, I just didn't twig that you'd already done the Tommy Tutone reference.

/at least I had two others in mine so it wasn't completely redundant
 
2013-10-21 07:09:53 PM

Bondith: Katolu: Bondith: Beeblebrox: Katolu: 558-67-5309

Jenny?

Bah, guess who didn't read closely enough before he made the same reference.

/tiny fist

Refresh was pretty slow :(

No, I saw your post, I just didn't twig that you'd already done the Tommy Tutone reference.

/at least I had two others in mine so it wasn't completely redundant


Yeah, those leading fives were a throw off. You old like me????
 
2013-10-21 07:13:59 PM

JohnAnnArbor: There is a dude by that name in Fed custody.


I'd hope so.  The article said he was lured to Guam and taken into custody.
 
2013-10-21 07:23:21 PM
Identity theft isn't as bad as inheriting a phone number from someone that owed money to debt collectors.

Took me almost a year to get all the harassing calls at all hours to stop.
 
2013-10-21 07:24:31 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: Knock yourself out thieves.

/Go ahead and try to use my identity for any purpose and see what happens.


I'll get right on it once you post your name, address, Social Security number, date of birth, place of work, duration of work, state driver's license number, mother's maiden name, bank account number(s), bank routing number(s), email account(s) and other account passwords.

This was the data the site was selling.  If your confidence in your identity theft protection is so strong, I'm sure you won't mind posting these to the thread.
 
2013-10-21 07:29:32 PM
So these criminals who own all this 'information about me' sold it to other criminals.  Sounds like a RICO-based class action action is in order.
 
2013-10-21 07:30:14 PM
imageshack.us
 
2013-10-21 07:33:33 PM

CasperImproved: Identity theft isn't as bad as inheriting a phone number from someone that owed money to debt collectors.

Took me almost a year to get all the harassing calls at all hours to stop.


Been there.  Still get a few years later.  Once it was a charity looking for money from them but I didn't find out until I regaled them with the story of the deadbeats who used to have my number.  Ooops.
 
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