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post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by e_dogg View Post
After working for a couple of customer-facing Microsoft departments and being married to a Microsoft privacy champ, MS will NEVER EVER EVER EVVVVVEEEER ask for a social security number. The most personal they'll ever get is email, phone, address, birthdate, and general profile questions (job role, etc).

MSNIA is their internet access via MSN (not the URL: http://explorer.msn.com/msnia.htm), which again will never ask for a social security number.

You should report this to MS - they'll be interested to know of a scam using their name. You can contact them via http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=mscom.

You should also report it to eTrust since they're the ones who validate Microsoft's sites. https://www.truste.org/pvr.php?page=complaint
+Rep, hope this helps others.
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by TheLegend View Post
The post was from March 27, 2008. Where else have you seen this?
Its much older than that

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This type of scam is just technical enough sounding and a small enough fee that people will end up falling for it out of sheer laziness. I'm glad you took the time to look into it before you sent out your information.

After being the victim of identity theft, nothing else feels as safe as before the crime.
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Its much older than that

By Anonymous Asked Sep 12 2007 6:31AM
Hmm, for some reason I could have swore it said March of '08.

Anyway, I'm going to call tomorrow and actually speak to someone. I'll edit with their response.
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Damn you all, you've ruined my plans!
LOL

If it actually would come from Microsoft you would know it when you see it^^
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Immediately become suspicious when someone asks for your SSN. NEVER give your SSN; this should be common knowledge.

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This type of scam is just technical enough sounding and a small enough fee that people will end up falling for it out of sheer laziness.
I tend to think that people fall for these things out of ignorance rather than laziness. I'm sure if they had reason to be suspicious, they would want to PROTECT their identity. The problem is that they aren't aware enough to become suspicious to defend themselves in the first place.
post #17 of 25
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I've spent over 20 mins so far with the phone just 'ringing' and I've yet to actually talk to a customer service rep.

Something is definitely not right. I'll be contacting the proper authorities regarding this matter. Has anyone tried using LifeLock? I'm considering using a service such as that.
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post #18 of 25
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Something is definitely not right. I'll be contacting the proper authorities regarding this matter. Has anyone tried using LifeLock? I'm considering using a service such as that.
LOLOLO!!! Lifelock!!

Last week I was listening to the radio with my family at dinner when we heard a lifelock commercial. I said, "I wonder if anyone has actually tried to do anything with that SSN he gives out all the time." My dad said "durrr."

So the next day I heard my dad laughing his ass off telling me to come see. I missed it, but he said that the guy doing the commercial got his ID stolen
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by The Hundred Gunner View Post
LOLOLO!!! Lifelock!!

Last week I was listening to the radio with my family at dinner when we heard a lifelock commercial. I said, "I wonder if anyone has actually tried to do anything with that SSN he gives out all the time." My dad said "durrr."

So the next day I heard my dad laughing his ass off telling me to come see. I missed it, but he said that the guy doing the commercial got his ID stolen
Haha, I've seen those commercials all the time, but I never heard anything about that guy getting his identity stolen. Not that having your identity stolen is something to laugh about, but backing your identity with posting your SSN in an ad is almost stupid.

Do you have a link possibly?
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Do you have a link possibly?
Checking... Will edit when found.

Yoink!

http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/200..._founde_1.html

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On a separate note, CEO Davis has himself been a victim of identity theft recently. According to spokesman Mike Prusinski, someone used the CEO's Social Security number -- which is prominently displayed in advertisements for LifeLock's identity theft protection commercials and on its web site-- at a Ft. Worth check cashing operation to obtain a $500 loan.
Also:

http://www.macsplaceonline.com/2007/...entity-stolen/

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You may have seen the ads around for LifeLock, they provide identity theft protection. The CEO, Todd Jones, publishes his Social Security number on LifeLock’s web site and in the company’s TV commercials to demonstrate how effective the company is in protecting the identity of its customers.

Someone took out a $500 loan in his name. However, the man who stole the identity of LifeLock co-founder Todd Davis won’t face criminal charges, police say, because LifeLock stepped in before the police could finish investigating the crime and coerced the suspect into making a videotaped confession that isn’t admissible in court.

“They went to his house with a camera crew and they yelled at him and browbeat him into signing a confession that they had already typed out,” Moore said.

The man told police he was informed that if he did not sign the confession and agree to do community service, police would be coming to arrest him.

The man acknowledged illegally obtaining the loan and said he did it because he was desperate. The man also admitted that he got Davis’ Social Security number from LifeLock’s Web site, Moore said.
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