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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 03-28-2019, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Heads up, everyone!!! Got an email from Amazon telling me that, at my request, my email id had been changed in their system and they provided me with the new address. I had not requested any changes and the "new address" was totally unfamiliar. I immediately called Amazon. They had to cancel my account and my Amazon Prime Rewards CC. They said that if the scammer was able to get into my Amazon account to change my email, that they had my CC info, also. 

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Thanks for the heads up!

I got a similar email from Wal Mart last week! Good thing is I had no current CC info on their site.
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Gene - in the last little while I've received email from Amazon Canada that my order "had shipped", in both cases to western Canada. I knew I hadn't ordered anything. I logged into Amazon (not through the email) and confirmed there were no orders placed on my account.

Generally, these scam email want you to click on a link in the email - when you do, the link redirects you to a website that is not connected to the original company and that's when they get your information.

I also received an email from CRA - Canada's tax department, telling my my refund was ready and to confirm it by clicking on a link. (There have been quite a few scams purporting to be from CRA). When I get those email that I know are scams, I immediately delete them and clear out my trash.

DO NOT, REPEAT NOT, CLICK ON ANY LINKS THAT APPEAR TO BE SCAMS.

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I've had a few CRA scams attempted on me too. CRA never phones or emails anyone about a refund or any other money they do or might owe you. The only time I've ever had them phone was when I owed them money.

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recently i had some bozo try and buy something from eddie bauer.com had my cc# but not the 3 digit code and it failed. discover emailed me and shut off the account quick and got a new card. some scummy ppl out there for sure

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YOU SHOULD NEVER CLICK IN AN EMAIL about any business you have. If you want to check that something from Amazon or any other company has a message for you use your own bookmark to log into the vendor. NEVER NEVER NEVER click on an email link for replying to a request.

I have an application called LastPass that is a password manager. I have random user names and passwords on all financial accounts and change the passwords and user names regularlly. The Last Pass application is free and they do have a pay version that offers a few more perks. The Lastpass applications stores encrypted sites with password and username that is military grade encryption.

The vast majority of people use the same username and password at every site they go to. So if routerforums.com gets hacked they just got your banking and retirement account username and password. Anyone remember Equifax got 200 Million users hacked with SSN and all account information.

You have to get smart in the digital age. Do not use the same username and password every where you go. If you do you will be sorry.
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RouterForums DID get hacked a few years ago didn't it? ALL of the Vertical Scope forums got hacked, and initially Vertical Scope said nothing. But then the entire database that was hacked got posted online. I was able to find my own email had been compromised nine separate times on the hacked Vertical Scope data dump.

That was due to my having participated, over the years, on nine different forums, on a variety of niche subject matter, that were all eventually acquired by Vertical Scope. I had distinctly different user names, as well as unique passwords for each forum, but the common (and supposedly "hidden") email address aggregated the separate registrations together in Vertical Scope's data leak.
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Another angle; use a separateaccount, low limit creditcard for on-line and telephone transactions (for people you don't know personally).
My online shopping cc has a max of $500...that's all I can get burnt for. Inconvenient? Hasn't been so far.
Would I be unhappy if I got scammed for $500? You bet, but not as much as if it were $10,000!
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There is no such thing as Privacy , just get used to it.
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