Comments for Catherine Lawson http://cathlawson.com/blog Bold Advice For Business Success Thu, 18 Dec 2008 03:50:43 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.6.2 Comment on Can You Prevent Identity Theft - Or Is It Over-Hyped? by Barbara Swafford - Blogging Without A Blog http://cathlawson.com/blog/2008/12/17/should-you-prevent-identity-theft-or-is-it-over-hyped/#comment-18061 Barbara Swafford - Blogging Without A Blog Thu, 18 Dec 2008 03:17:12 +0000 http://cathlawson.com/blog/?p=2431#comment-18061 Hi Catherine - Those phishing emails are a pain, but many believe them and give personal information to those scammers. It's sad as they could have their life savings taken away. I also think as bloggers we can't be too careful. As you've mentioned before, there are a lot of nutters out there who what to "friend" us. I've seen many bloggers say, "today is my birthday and I'm 39 (or whatever)". If that is indeed true, someone trying to steal your identity has one more piece of information about you. Whether online or off, we do have to be cautious. <em>Barbara Swafford - Blogging Without A Blog's last blog post..<a href='http://bloggingwithoutablog.com/btw-your-bff-is-rotfl-your-serps/' rel="nofollow">BTW Your BFF Is ROTFL @ Your SERPs</a></em> Hi Catherine - Those phishing emails are a pain, but many believe them and give personal information to those scammers. It’s sad as they could have their life savings taken away.

I also think as bloggers we can’t be too careful. As you’ve mentioned before, there are a lot of nutters out there who what to “friend” us.

I’ve seen many bloggers say, “today is my birthday and I’m 39 (or whatever)”. If that is indeed true, someone trying to steal your identity has one more piece of information about you.

Whether online or off, we do have to be cautious.

Barbara Swafford - Blogging Without A Blog’s last blog post..BTW Your BFF Is ROTFL @ Your SERPs

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Comment on Can You Prevent Identity Theft - Or Is It Over-Hyped? by Steve | Trade Show Guru http://cathlawson.com/blog/2008/12/17/should-you-prevent-identity-theft-or-is-it-over-hyped/#comment-18055 Steve | Trade Show Guru Thu, 18 Dec 2008 00:17:27 +0000 http://cathlawson.com/blog/?p=2431#comment-18055 Hi Cath, The 8 million people figure stuns me, but I don't doubt it. I wonder how many people are taken advantage of because of their own gullibility and wanting to believe in something too good to be true. i.e. You've just won our million dollar giveaway but we need your bank account information to transfer the money to you but first we're going to need to deduct a small handling fee. Always be a bit skeptical and never believe in anything too good to be true! ~ Steve, aka the skeptical trade show guru <em>Steve | Trade Show Guru's last blog post..<a href='http://www.trade-show-guru.com/2008/12/ultimate-christmas-gift/' rel="nofollow">The Ultimate Christmas Gift</a></em> Hi Cath,
The 8 million people figure stuns me, but I don’t doubt it. I wonder how many people are taken advantage of because of their own gullibility and wanting to believe in something too good to be true. i.e. You’ve just won our million dollar giveaway but we need your bank account information to transfer the money to you but first we’re going to need to deduct a small handling fee.
Always be a bit skeptical and never believe in anything too good to be true!
~ Steve, aka the skeptical trade show guru

Steve | Trade Show Guru’s last blog post..The Ultimate Christmas Gift

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Comment on Can You Prevent Identity Theft - Or Is It Over-Hyped? by Kelvin Kao http://cathlawson.com/blog/2008/12/17/should-you-prevent-identity-theft-or-is-it-over-hyped/#comment-18052 Kelvin Kao Wed, 17 Dec 2008 23:16:54 +0000 http://cathlawson.com/blog/?p=2431#comment-18052 One time I got a call from an automated call from the bank asking about a charge on my card that might be unauthorized in the amount of some 453 dollars. I pressed the "not sure" option to talk to a representative, but the call dropped before I got to talk to one. After that, I checked my account and found a transaction that I did not make. I called the bank and they gave me credit for it. Later I received a letter from the bank saying that it's now under investigation. I haven't heard from them again since then. <em>Kelvin Kao's last blog post..<a href='http://www.puppetkaos.com/2008/12/a-muppet-christmas-letters-to-santa/' rel="nofollow">A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa</a></em> One time I got a call from an automated call from the bank asking about a charge on my card that might be unauthorized in the amount of some 453 dollars. I pressed the “not sure” option to talk to a representative, but the call dropped before I got to talk to one. After that, I checked my account and found a transaction that I did not make. I called the bank and they gave me credit for it. Later I received a letter from the bank saying that it’s now under investigation. I haven’t heard from them again since then.

Kelvin Kao’s last blog post..A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa

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Comment on Can You Prevent Identity Theft - Or Is It Over-Hyped? by Davina http://cathlawson.com/blog/2008/12/17/should-you-prevent-identity-theft-or-is-it-over-hyped/#comment-18049 Davina Wed, 17 Dec 2008 21:35:57 +0000 http://cathlawson.com/blog/?p=2431#comment-18049 Hi Cath. We are vulnerable aren't we? My boyfriend recently gave me a shredder. You've reminded me to smarten up and USE it. I agree totally with Andrew that "People should be very careful about becoming ‘friends’ with those they don’t know on social networking sites." I've had quite a few people ask me to be "friends" with them on Facebook when I don't even know them. I recently disactivated my account. I just don't have the time to manage all that right now. <em>Davina's last blog post..<a href='http://lovingpulse.wordpress.com/2008/12/17/a-positively-dysfunctional-christmas-rotten-relatives/' rel="nofollow">A Positively Dysfunctional Christmas</a></em> Hi Cath. We are vulnerable aren’t we? My boyfriend recently gave me a shredder. You’ve reminded me to smarten up and USE it. I agree totally with Andrew that “People should be very careful about becoming ‘friends’ with those they don’t know on social networking sites.”

I’ve had quite a few people ask me to be “friends” with them on Facebook when I don’t even know them. I recently disactivated my account. I just don’t have the time to manage all that right now.

Davina’s last blog post..A Positively Dysfunctional Christmas

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Comment on Can You Prevent Identity Theft - Or Is It Over-Hyped? by chris http://cathlawson.com/blog/2008/12/17/should-you-prevent-identity-theft-or-is-it-over-hyped/#comment-18048 chris Wed, 17 Dec 2008 20:54:15 +0000 http://cathlawson.com/blog/?p=2431#comment-18048 This is really some scary stuff but it doesn't meant that we can't protect ourselves and here you have provided great methods to prevent identity theft. <em>chris's last blog post..<a href='http://www.watdawat.com/2008/12/16/all-i-want-for-christmas/' rel="nofollow">All I Want For Christmas?</a></em> This is really some scary stuff but it doesn’t meant that we can’t protect ourselves and here you have provided great methods to prevent identity theft.

chris’s last blog post..All I Want For Christmas?

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Comment on Can You Prevent Identity Theft - Or Is It Over-Hyped? by Jim Gaudet http://cathlawson.com/blog/2008/12/17/should-you-prevent-identity-theft-or-is-it-over-hyped/#comment-18044 Jim Gaudet Wed, 17 Dec 2008 18:14:20 +0000 http://cathlawson.com/blog/?p=2431#comment-18044 @ Kim, that is too funny. I wish I could get someone to pay my bills too... Luckily I don't have any kids (that I know of). Cath, Cool about the "live the Dream Series". That is a good idea.. Thanks... <em>Jim Gaudet's last blog post..<a href='http://www.thejimgaudet.com/blog/2008/12/12/never-get-lost-again-a-trip-into-the-future/' rel="nofollow">Never Get Lost Again, a trip into the future?</a></em> @ Kim, that is too funny. I wish I could get someone to pay my bills too… Luckily I don’t have any kids (that I know of).

Cath,

Cool about the “live the Dream Series”. That is a good idea..

Thanks…

Jim Gaudet’s last blog post..Never Get Lost Again, a trip into the future?

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Comment on Can You Prevent Identity Theft - Or Is It Over-Hyped? by cathlawson http://cathlawson.com/blog/2008/12/17/should-you-prevent-identity-theft-or-is-it-over-hyped/#comment-18042 cathlawson Wed, 17 Dec 2008 17:40:15 +0000 http://cathlawson.com/blog/?p=2431#comment-18042 Hi Mare - Shredding is important. I realised that when a mobile phone bill began arriving to my address, in the name of someone else. Not long before, I'd thrown out a heap of old paperwork, without shredding it. I don't know how they managed to pull off actually having the phones delivered to them in the first place - I'm guessing it was via redirected mail. Hi Brad - it's good to hear that Lifelock is working well for you. I was sceptical when I first read about it - but they really seem to know what they're doing. Hi Andrew - thanks for the camera tip. I'll remember that. It is scary that folk are able to use your social media details to commit fraud though. Hi Betsy - I have not seen the job offer phishing scams - that is really low. I am trying to do the same as you re: credit and debit cards. But trying to get my husband to remember to withdraw cash instead of using his debit card to pay for stuff is a real nightmare. But I've stopped using credit cards totally. They can really land you in it if they drop your limit, without warning. And I hate the way they move the payment date forward, each month, so it never falls on the same day. Hi Jim - it's good that you've been busy. I know what you mean about some folk scamming people. I like how McAfee warns you about sites that could be potentially harmful. By the way, I'll be emailing you shortly about interviewing you for my live the dream series. Hi Craig - I know what you mean. A hundred bucks seems a lot, when you haven't been a victim of identity theft already. I'm betting a lot of people who sign up, have already been scammed. Some of those emails are getting more sophisticated aren't they? And you can understand folk falling for them - especially the job opportunity one, if they desperately want a decent job. As you say though - why aren't they going in spam? I put stuff like that in my aol spam folder but aol keep delivering more of the same. It's not like it's just plain old spam - those people are committing fraud. Hi Kim - 8mill does seem like a lot doesn't it? Like you, I used to think it was all over-hyped too. LMAO - that's a good idea - when they catch them they should force them to pay your bills too. Hi Mare - Shredding is important. I realised that when a mobile phone bill began arriving to my address, in the name of someone else. Not long before, I’d thrown out a heap of old paperwork, without shredding it. I don’t know how they managed to pull off actually having the phones delivered to them in the first place - I’m guessing it was via redirected mail.

Hi Brad - it’s good to hear that Lifelock is working well for you. I was sceptical when I first read about it - but they really seem to know what they’re doing.

Hi Andrew - thanks for the camera tip. I’ll remember that. It is scary that folk are able to use your social media details to commit fraud though.

Hi Betsy - I have not seen the job offer phishing scams - that is really low.

I am trying to do the same as you re: credit and debit cards. But trying to get my husband to remember to withdraw cash instead of using his debit card to pay for stuff is a real nightmare.

But I’ve stopped using credit cards totally. They can really land you in it if they drop your limit, without warning. And I hate the way they move the payment date forward, each month, so it never falls on the same day.

Hi Jim - it’s good that you’ve been busy. I know what you mean about some folk scamming people. I like how McAfee warns you about sites that could be potentially harmful.

By the way, I’ll be emailing you shortly about interviewing you for my live the dream series.

Hi Craig - I know what you mean. A hundred bucks seems a lot, when you haven’t been a victim of identity theft already. I’m betting a lot of people who sign up, have already been scammed.

Some of those emails are getting more sophisticated aren’t they? And you can understand folk falling for them - especially the job opportunity one, if they desperately want a decent job.

As you say though - why aren’t they going in spam? I put stuff like that in my aol spam folder but aol keep delivering more of the same. It’s not like it’s just plain old spam - those people are committing fraud.

Hi Kim - 8mill does seem like a lot doesn’t it? Like you, I used to think it was all over-hyped too.

LMAO - that’s a good idea - when they catch them they should force them to pay your bills too.

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Comment on Can You Prevent Identity Theft - Or Is It Over-Hyped? by Kim Woodbridge http://cathlawson.com/blog/2008/12/17/should-you-prevent-identity-theft-or-is-it-over-hyped/#comment-18040 Kim Woodbridge Wed, 17 Dec 2008 16:58:09 +0000 http://cathlawson.com/blog/?p=2431#comment-18040 8 million seems like a lot of people. I don't know tons of people but I don't know anyone it has happened to. I've been under the impression that it was something over-hyped by the media because the media seems to be focused on fear. Maybe I'm wrong. I do use a shredder though. Before I had one I would rip important stuff up and then put it in the same bag as the cat litter. Is identity theft just using your information to obtain money and credit? Because if they have my identity they should also pay my bills and deal with the legal and childcare issues ;-) <em>Kim Woodbridge's last blog post..<a href='http://www.kimwoodbridge.com/7-secretish-things-about-me/' rel="nofollow">7 Secret(ish) Things About Me</a></em> 8 million seems like a lot of people. I don’t know tons of people but I don’t know anyone it has happened to. I’ve been under the impression that it was something over-hyped by the media because the media seems to be focused on fear. Maybe I’m wrong.

I do use a shredder though. Before I had one I would rip important stuff up and then put it in the same bag as the cat litter.

Is identity theft just using your information to obtain money and credit? Because if they have my identity they should also pay my bills and deal with the legal and childcare issues ;-)
Kim Woodbridge’s last blog post..7 Secret(ish) Things About Me

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Comment on Can You Prevent Identity Theft - Or Is It Over-Hyped? by Craig http://cathlawson.com/blog/2008/12/17/should-you-prevent-identity-theft-or-is-it-over-hyped/#comment-18039 Craig Wed, 17 Dec 2008 15:45:14 +0000 http://cathlawson.com/blog/?p=2431#comment-18039 Hi Cath, I'm with Betsy on the fact that some phishing emails can be very complicated and although I have been smart enough to realize they were fake, could easily see how someone could mistake it and give out a credit card. Why don't these go into Spam folders? It seems to be that peoplpe deal with identity theft after the fact, and think it can't happen to me until it does. I've been lucky and have not had any issues. Is lifelock.com really as safe and worth it? I know its only $100, but that's still $100. Hi Cath, I’m with Betsy on the fact that some phishing emails can be very complicated and although I have been smart enough to realize they were fake, could easily see how someone could mistake it and give out a credit card. Why don’t these go into Spam folders? It seems to be that peoplpe deal with identity theft after the fact, and think it can’t happen to me until it does. I’ve been lucky and have not had any issues. Is lifelock.com really as safe and worth it? I know its only $100, but that’s still $100.

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Comment on Can You Prevent Identity Theft - Or Is It Over-Hyped? by Jim Gaudet http://cathlawson.com/blog/2008/12/17/should-you-prevent-identity-theft-or-is-it-over-hyped/#comment-18038 Jim Gaudet Wed, 17 Dec 2008 15:16:53 +0000 http://cathlawson.com/blog/?p=2431#comment-18038 Hey cath, Sorry, i have been crazy busy, I have been only skimming your articles and not commenting. I read this one though, very nice. The problem with Identity Theft I see is the that people don't know what to click on.. You go to a site and think you are getting something special, and you do. A virus that steals your info. I am knocking on wood right now, because I have NEVER had a problem and been on the 'net forever! <em>Jim Gaudet's last blog post..<a href='http://www.thejimgaudet.com/blog/2008/12/12/never-get-lost-again-a-trip-into-the-future/' rel="nofollow">Never Get Lost Again, a trip into the future?</a></em> Hey cath,

Sorry, i have been crazy busy, I have been only skimming your articles and not commenting.

I read this one though, very nice.

The problem with Identity Theft I see is the that people don’t know what to click on.. You go to a site and think you are getting something special, and you do. A virus that steals your info.

I am knocking on wood right now, because I have NEVER had a problem and been on the ‘net forever!

Jim Gaudet’s last blog post..Never Get Lost Again, a trip into the future?

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