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#1 Sho Geist

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Posted 04 August 2004 - 12:14 AM

Recently I had my identity stolen and i'm not sure how it happened. Someone or something got a hold of my debit card information and used it to buy internet marketing software or something. I'm just wondering if anyone is familiar with this type of thing. Also are there malicious programs out there that will record and transmit data offsite, like credit card info. etc, that you might type when you use your card online? And if so, how do you prevent this from happening and protect your computer.

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#2 dave38

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Posted 04 August 2004 - 02:32 PM

To answer your questions in order,
Yes, there are trojans that can, and do steal credit card information, and anything else stored on your computer.
If you have been infected with one of these, IMMEDIATELY change ALL passwords, credit/ debit cards, and any other personally identifiable information.

Tp prevent this, ensure that you have up to date antivirus software, and a good firewall, set up correctly.
This is the absolute minimum that you need.

Also make certain when using a credit/debit card on line, that you are on a secure site, and that it is a legitimate website.

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I also suggest that you delete any files from "temp", "tmp" folders. In Internet Explorer, click on "Tools" => "Internet Options" => "Delete Files" and select the box that says "Delete All Offline Content" and click on "OK" twice. Also, empty the recycle bin by right clicking on it and selecting "Empty Recycle Bin". These steps should be done on a regular basis.
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#3 Sho Geist

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Posted 06 August 2004 - 10:09 PM

thanks for the help...i've taken all the steps you've recommended.....is there a site where you can read up on these programs that will steal your identity specifically what the names of the programs are and how they work etc?

Edited by Sho Geist, 06 August 2004 - 10:41 PM.


#4 dave38

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Posted 08 August 2004 - 04:58 PM

Not that I know of, offhand. A google search might well turn up something helpful.
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#5 pelham9

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Posted 26 August 2004 - 06:56 AM

You didnt by any chance click on a link in an email when this happened?

#6 Misereor

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Posted 26 August 2004 - 07:26 AM

I suggest you visit the FTC website on identity theft.
They have compiled some information on what to do if it happens to you.

http://www.consumer.gov/idtheft/

Edited by Misereor, 26 August 2004 - 07:27 AM.





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