Title: Identity theft
Northern Lass - December 4, 2009 09:39 AM (GMT)
As I said in another thread, we recently had an e-mail supposedly from a German friend who we keep in touch with via e-mail, asking for money (£2,250)! The e-mail claimed she was in Manchester, had had her bag stolen and was stranded and so needed the money to pay her hotel bills and get home. Obviously it was a scam - I contacted my German friend by text and she phoned back to say someone had hacked into her account and stolen all her contacts.
My question is, if this person has all my e-mails to her they will know my birthday (from birthday wishes from her) and could also have my postal address as well as my e-mail address and I am worried now about identity theft. I have already contaced our service provider to block any further e-mails at source. Is there anything else I should be doing? :(
Ladypeartree - December 4, 2009 09:55 AM (GMT)
:huh: Can you change your email address ?
Northern Lass - December 4, 2009 10:26 AM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Ladypeartree @ Dec 4 2009, 03:55 AM)|
| :huh: Can you change your email address ? |
That would mean a lot of work letting everyone know and is it necessary, now I've blocked them at source? Don't really know how these things work. And they could still have my postal address and birthday, depending on how often my friend deletes her e-mails (but couldn't they also access deleted ones, if they've hacked into her account?) **er**
Scarletprayers - December 4, 2009 06:40 PM (GMT)
I don't know the answer lass, send walla a pm and ask him, he's the smart one about computers on here!
Northern Lass - December 4, 2009 08:27 PM (GMT)
I'll just wait till he turns up here cos Lad says if they don't have bank details (which they don't) it shouldn't be a problem **er** but I'd be happy to have a second opinion if he posts.
walla299 - December 5, 2009 05:51 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Northern Lass @ Dec 4 2009, 01:27 PM)|
| I'll just wait till he turns up here cos Lad says if they don't have bank details (which they don't) it shouldn't be a problem **er** but I'd be happy to have a second opinion if he posts. |
Basically, if they don't get a hold of your bank card number and PIN number they're not going to be able to do too much.
I don't know how things like that are handled in the UK, but here in the US you would have the option to put a "fraud alert" on your credit report with the 3 major credit bureaus. You might also contact your bank to see what, if anything, you'll need to do. You'll have the information if you should ever need it, at least.
Northern Lass - December 5, 2009 09:10 PM (GMT)