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georgemc
BRONZE Member since Oct 2006

georgemc

Sitting down facing forward . . .
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

Total posts: 2387
Posted:We just had an instance of a person setting themselves as a member, for the sole reason it would seem of gathering people's home addresses/personal details. This person made no forum posts but sent the same message to 81 members with a "sob story" asking for the member to teach the requestor at the members home. Luckily the few that replied to the PM were cautious and did not give out their details. I hate to think what could have happened...

Thanks to the member who reported this as suspicious to us. The person has now been banned, but of course they could always re-appear under a different name.

Remember - do not give out your personal details to strangers. We did not set this site up for our members to be put in danger:
http://www.homeofpoi.com/articles/InternetSafety.php
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regards
George


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Pele
BRONZE Member since Dec 2000

Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA

Total posts: 6193
Posted:Thank you George. I completely agree.

And along these lines (because I dealt with this yesterday) please also don't post your personal information on the bb either.
I know many of you are friends but we do have alot of lurkers and can not honestly vouche for anyone.

Besides, I'm not sure any of you would really want my psycho self calling ya up! wink

Be safe and take care all.


Pele
Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK

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polarity
SILVER Member since May 2005

polarity

veteran
Location: on the wrong planet, United Ki...

Total posts: 1228
Posted:I hope you looked up the IP they were posting from, and sent a message to abuse@their.isp.

You aren't thinking or really existing unless you're willing to risk even your own sanity in the judgment of your existence.

Green peppers, lime pickle and whole-grain mustard = best sandwich filling.

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alien_oddity


alien_oddity

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: in the trees

Total posts: 7193
Posted:ubblol i had a really random email today that such a hoax..........i'm debating on replying just to wind them up and lead them on. it's nice to know the HoP mods are looking out for us biggrin













*and not banning me ubblol


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Igirisujin
SILVER Member since Jul 2005

Igirisujin

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Preston, United Kingdom

Total posts: 2666
Posted:lol, who wants my pin number?! Apparently according to this e-mail ive just gotten there is a starving minority group child who would grately benifit from it, oh lets give Maddonna a call

ubblol


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LazyAngel
GOLD Member since Jul 2004

LazyAngel

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Cambridge UK

Total posts: 2895
Posted:Today: a chinese teacher asked me to look at an e-mail saying he would recieve 10 million dollars, if he sent his details to freelotto or somesuch

teacher 'is this a scam then'
me 'well lets see: did you buy a ticket?'
teacher 'no'
me 'well then, let me introduce a new english saying to you, 'if it looks to good to be true, then it usually is'.'

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Because ActiveAngel sounds like a feminine deodorant

Like sex, I'm much more interesting in real life than online.

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Constantina
SILVER Member since Jun 2004

Constantina

stranger
Location: New York, USA

Total posts: 17
Posted:OMG thank you

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Pinkadelic


Pinkadelic

member
Location: On top of a Nipple

Total posts: 70
Posted:Thanks bro, u shouldnt give u details to anyone on the net, even if u consider him your friend (and never met him)
the internet is full o' psychos.... and thats a shame, because the is becoming the real world 8-]


Love is Life

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Nutzboutpoi
BRONZE Member since Nov 2006

Nutzboutpoi

Member
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

Total posts: 4
Posted:Yeah, totally - thank you. I've been lucky enough to be excluded and haven't had one of this nasty b*****'s E-mails, but I'll be sure to keep an eye out in case he manages to slip thru again. Not that I'd give out my details to a stranger in the first place of course. weavesmiley weavesmiley weavesmiley

You're just jealous 'cause the li'l voices're talkin' to me!

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Imbalance
GOLD Member since Sep 2005

Imbalance

not different, just not the same
Location: Charlotte, NC, USA

Total posts: 263
Posted:Hah... i love how the Fraudy McArseholes get themselves into just about every website it seems.

I work for a large bank here in the U.S.A. and I run the Online Fraud Prevention Team. Basically i deal with all aspects of people getting into your account through any means that touches the internet in any way. The BIGGEST thing we see is customers getting phishing e-mails and giving up their User ID and Password or their personal info such as SSN#s or account numbers etc etc etc.

It never fails to amaze me at how many supposedly smart people are caught by these scams every single day. Those of you not directly involved with the business would be astounded at the shear numbers that just my bank deals with each day, i can only begin to imagine the overall number of people scammed in this manner across the world.

I tell everyone i talk to constantly: No reputable person nor company will EVER ask you for anything NOR ever give you anything NOR ever owe you anything through an internet medium, ESPECIALLY without a significant prior history of association with you. You did not win the lottery (especially not in another country for goodness sake) you do not have dead relatives who left you money, you do not need to verify your information with your bank or creditors (trust me they ALL already HAVE that info, it's their job), a company does not need you to act as their financial manager and receive checks from individuals only to turn and wire the money to another country (how he heck do people fall for that? seriously... all day long i hear this...) and you DEFINITELY did not just meet an extremely attractive foreigner who needs help (read money) to get out of whatever country or situation they are in. You are not at all special in any kind of way to them, its JUST a scam.

Oh and one more thing, if someone sends you any form of corespondance and you don't know them personally AND they have HORRIBLE grammer... guess what, ITS A SCAM. Fact #1 Nigerian scammers CAN'T SPELL! (no offense to any legitimate Nigerian citizens who aren't scamming others intended)


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Every style, Every technique.
Then I woke up, and forgot it all,
So now I struggle to dream.

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polarity
SILVER Member since May 2005

polarity

veteran
Location: on the wrong planet, United Ki...

Total posts: 1228
Posted:step #1 install email program (not going to use anything by MS)

step #2 put the name of your bank into your email filters.


You aren't thinking or really existing unless you're willing to risk even your own sanity in the judgment of your existence.

Green peppers, lime pickle and whole-grain mustard = best sandwich filling.

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0ni


0ni

member
Location: Connecticut

Total posts: 59
Posted:about the nigerian scammers

if you ever get bored, this is fun to look in to
www.419eater.com
they have some great stories =D scamming the scammers. win!


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