In case anyone is wondering why I have often written about Internet and mail scams, I thought you might like to take a glance at this article from Market Watch. It’s a long read, but well worth the time since the level of detail the writer goes into shows exactly how at risk each and every one of us every single day. Not just from people who take our basic information from the Internet and impersonate us, but those who can get their hands on more intimate information – and by intimate I mean Social Security Number, Bank Account Number, Credit Card Number, Credit History.
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Every single time you perform a transaction, in real life or on the Internet, your information is being passed to someone who you do not know. And every single time it moves from one place to another, no matter how good people and institutions claim their security to be, it is at risk. Couple that information with what you have on Facebook – and other Social Media sites – and you’ve given almost all of your life out to the public or, at least, to that branch of the public which can match two separate pieces of information together to make a marketable product.
Those spam mails promising you a few million dollars are all part and parcel of the same thing. The information you give – if you’re so foolish – can be matched up with stolen or hacked information and used against you. And precisely those institutions which are meant to be there to hold your intimate details securely aid and abet the criminals, simply because they do not know any better. They rely on the same information as that which the hacker, the criminal has stolen and, since it all fits a secure and acceptable picture, they accept it.
So I don’t think I am going overboard when I mention scams, when I write about how they work and show examples here. As I have said before, there are people out there who have bought Tower Bridge in London. The only difference now is that the people doing the buying are shopping online, are buying houses and cars, and are using your name, your information to do it.
Love & Kisses, Viki.