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Brittany2012
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Posted on Mon, Sep 08, 2008 07:54

I just wanted to bring to everyone's attention, that being a Certified Millionaire or having age, occupation and photos verififed does not necessarily mean the member is the REAL DEAL.
Remember,  scammers are known for identity theft and I don't think there is a document that they can't create--bogus as it might be.
MM has no way of knowing whether photos, ids and tax statements are legit or not.
In some respect I feel that the certifications and verifications only create a false sense of security to members. JMOP!!!
As always, I encourage everyone to be careful and stay safe when online.
Britt



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Posted on Sat, Sep 13, 2008 20:19

Words of wisdom having been scammed $$$ myself. Live and learn!My pictures and age are certified.I also added A video of myself to my profile to show I am "real".I am not interested in A persons ' certified millionaire ' status.When I am interested in someone it is about who he is, not what he has.


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Posted on Fri, Sep 12, 2008 18:46

I would agree that people should rarely, IF EVER, go off site to talk to anyone from here or elsewhere that you dont know personally. I have have my computer hacked by someone from here and my bank account suffered before I found out. At the time, I had 6 figures in that account and did not detect the many deductions for $ 100 or less. I was buying remodeling materials all over town on a daily basis so I didnt see it. Added up to several thousands before I found out. Never did catch them. Had to change every single item related to any personal information that existed. I got off easy compared to some that were scammed.


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Posted on Fri, Sep 12, 2008 09:06

Hi Everyone! Hey Brittany, Good Blog! On another note, IP Addresses were once a sure bet on identity. That was the days when John Postal at USC- (University of Southern California) was in control of all the IP addresses. After John passed away, that went to the highest bidder to oversee IP addresses. I am not sure who is the gatekeeper of IP's anymore either. But you can go online to obtain that information. It is public record now. But with the new age of Microsoft Windows, DHCP has taken control of assigning IP's automatically. In the earlier days when IP's were statically (manually)defined, one had to obtain an IP address differently. However, now you can get an IP address, set up a network server and statically assign a IP address for a Class A, B, or C network. So that does not necessarily mean you are where or who you are either. One good way is to set up a user name that is not your own name, like me- BlondeLightning for example. The other is to put a firewall on your computer like Norton, McAfee, Spyware, and others. They are available (software) you can purchase, install and configure yourself. Another way is to run it to a DMZ or router and enable the filters and such. Another way of a good defense is to set your browser to high security using the 128 bit encription level of security. But this will slow you down your computer, and possibly not allow other messages, etc to be able to get to you. Many US government agencies use this option (128 bit), especially if they are conforming to ITAR & EAR standards. Something else to conside too! Remember, safety comes at a price- slowness. Every time you filter, re-route, gateway, or anything else it causes annoyances. It slows down both your transmission and receive speeds. Bandwidth comes at a premium price with anything. But, like anything else, scam artist, like hackers can usually find a way around it. Microsoft windows is full of holes and back doors. Microsoft does its best to provide "Patches" as they find them, but it is not 100% of a guarantee. Until recently Apple- (Macintosh) was exempt from these types of individuals. Now, not even Mac's are safe anymore! So I surmise that a good defense is a good offense. Use a different user name than your real name. Never give out your phone number, home/business address, credit card numbers, social security number, bank account numbers, or other personal information to anyone! It sucks, so to speak. But, you can never be too careful now days. I was in the MM forums playing with a scammer in the "Stuck in Africa scam recently with a friend of mine as well- Rob Test. We both enjoyed playing the player lol. You can spot them almost immediately, they work slick and fast, so beware of those two factors. And as Brittany stated- NEVER send any money, or cash a money order, check, or anything for them. And the old western union wire transactions as well. Common sense applies here first and foremost. And, go with your gut feeling, it is your first line of defense. Enjoy. Blondie


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Posted on Thu, Sep 11, 2008 16:35

Wow, Thank you for the info. I have had contacts from Africa from ads I put out to rent a house, but I never considered that they would go on a singles website to scam people. Thank you again. Valerie


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Posted on Tue, Sep 09, 2008 08:32

Quoting Queenofyourdreams: Crap is what I say. I know they are getting very sophisticated, but now.... We can never be too sure while playing this game. I know from experience that the one I first encountered did use fake IDs. He even had homes in Ohio that checked out. Even though he never left South African. He could also speak fluent Italian and English, had no African Accent, and was very educated... We talked on the phone for months. He was using stolen credit cards to do this....

I'd say that was...'Holy Crap'!. Thanks to all of you...now, I know what to look for. :-)Tiny


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Posted on Tue, Sep 09, 2008 03:22

Crap is what I say. I know they are getting very sophisticated, but now.... We can never be too sure while playing this game. I know from experience that the one I first encountered did use fake IDs. He even had homes in Ohio that checked out. Even though he never left South African. He could also speak fluent Italian and English, had no African Accent, and was very educated... We talked on the phone for months. He was using stolen credit cards to do this....

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People may not remember what you say or do, but they will remember how you made them feel.

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Posted on Mon, Sep 08, 2008 15:59

Just wanted to add that IP addresses may not always be indicative of anything. Those who know more about Network and Internet Security may choose to route traffic through various proxies/gateways. My IP address, for instance, will show as belonging to a server in California while I reside in Canada. (Actually, that's what it will show no matter where I log in from or what ISP I am using.)


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Brittany2012
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Posted on Mon, Sep 08, 2008 11:18

Quoting DONTFITMOLD: I have read that you are very vigilant with chasing down the imposters here. One thing I'd like to know is...how do you know the IP addresses??? Maybe we can all be more aware of scammers and time wasters if we had some idea of how to know such information. regards D

IP addresses cannot be obtained by any member emailing or chatting online through the MM site. In order to get an IP addy you must be chatting on yahoo, msn, mirc. I would never recommend anyone leave the MM site to chat or email until you are comfortable with who you are communicating with. Once a scammer has you off the MM site they have the potential to hack your computer, send viruses and steal your identity---they are not nice people! Usually when communicating with a scammer it doesn't take long to figure out they are not from where they claim they are from....pay very close attention to the photos they post and their profiles...quite often their spelling and English is very poor, but they are becoming much more sophisticated, which makes some of them hard to detect. They are also spoofing IPs (changing their IP addy)--they are not stupid people! The one thing that remains consistent with them is...they will all eventually ask you for money. If you have any further questions you can email them to me. I do not like to give out too much info on the blogs or forum because the scammers read it. Stay Safe! Britt


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Posted on Mon, Sep 08, 2008 08:53

Quoting Brittany2012: I just wanted to bring to everyone's attention, that being a Certified Millionaire or having age, occupation and photos verififed does not necessarily mean the member is the REAL DEAL. Ready and I have both found Certified Millionaires that were scammers, claiming to be from the States when the IPs were showing Nigeria. Remember that scammers are known for identity theft and I don't think there is a document that they can't create--bogus as it might be. MM has no way of knowing whether photos, ids and tax statements are legit or not. In some respect I feel that the certifications and verifications only create a false sense of security to members. JMOP!!! As always, I encourage everyone to be careful and stay safe when online. Britt

Britt - I agree, that is the reason why the mortgage industry are in trouble because of false documents...i.e. tax returns and bank statements. I thought of that when I was reviewing MM's requirements to be certified as a millionaire. Tinypebbles


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