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RWGROOT60
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Posted on Mon, Sep 15, 2008 11:08

I would like to ask a simple question. Why in the age of identity theft would a website ask you you verify age and pictures by a valid government document such as passport and drivers license Better yet why ask for the same info with company letterhead. I don't care how many more hits I get.....my personal info stays locked up. What's your thoughts?


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Posted on Sun, Nov 23, 2008 05:11

Quoting: Originally posted by RWGROOT60 I would like to ask a simple question. Why in the age of identity theft would a website ask you you verify age and pictures by a valid government document such as passport and drivers license Better yet why ask for the same info with company letterhead. I don't care how many more hits I get.....my personal info stays locked up. What's your thoughts?

A number of states encode your name, gender, and date of birth in your license number. These include Florida, Wisconsin, and Illinois. These states use the same system of encoding, or very similar ones. Given someone's driver's license number from one of these states, you can take good guesses at someone's name and exactly determine their gender and date of birth. With someone's name, date of birth, and gender, you can guess some or all of their driver's license number. (I expect this same system applies to State IDs, but I don't know.) I'm with you and a few others on here. I don't know who "they" are. The person that I contact or contacts me, will find out who I am. That's the bottom line isn't it? Aimee Fla


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Posted on Thu, Oct 02, 2008 08:10

I think it will make very little difference in the end. Those who are not genuine will likely soon find a way to get false verification accepted and so appear something they are not. The genuine people who are happy to provide personal information for verification are probably not the ones anyone would have had any doubts about in the first place. So we'll still be relying on instinct and common sense to decide who we want to talk to!


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Posted on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 07:41

Quoting: Originally posted by RWGROOT60 wylde I appreciate that. I really do but here is my point By giving Passport Drivers License Credit Card You are putting enormous faith in a company you really don't know. I can deal with the scammers, they learned quickly I wasn't to be toyed with

I can understand the fear of giving that personal information. I am sure that work badges, etc. suffice as well as blocking out any ID #s on passports, drivers licenses, etc. CC information shouldn't be given unless you are purchasing an item. I know of several dating/related sites outside of LF and affiliates that already do. The unfortunate aspect of scammers is that many are NOT aware they are being scammed. That is how they manage to continue. As for credit cards and online. Most ID theft is still done via dumpster diving (going through people's mail), some phishing scams, consumer ignorance and the rare instance of stolen/lost data although in those cases the company who's lost the data is culpable if any identity theft occurs. The payment card industry has made significant changes to the standards of data capture, data processing, encryption, etc. to increase security. It's a huge project that spans the financial realm and any related businesses. And penalties are severe for not adhering to and instituting these standards.


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Posted on Sun, Sep 28, 2008 03:02

My info is not verified but I may when and if I show my profile again. I think y'all are making much ado about nothing. I would be willing to bet that most of you have bought something online, if you have you have a good chance of CC number being stolen. I think you all should do as True and I have wreck your credit so bad that the ID thief would beg you to take it back. Then maybe y'all just got more to lose then I do---Tom


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Posted on Thu, Sep 18, 2008 12:02

Oh for goodness sake ... you can verify your education on here now too!! I think just reading posts or having a conversation with someone gives you enough clues on that one doesn't it??


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Posted on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 13:00

RWGROOT60 I'm with you on that one... noone is getting the driver license I don't have or the passport I don't have either... As far as I'm concerned any website who ask me to provide official document is a website I don't want to join... My personnal info is for people I know I can trust, simple as that.


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Posted on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 11:38

wylde I appreciate that. I really do but here is my point By giving Passport Drivers License Credit Card You are putting enormous faith in a company you really don't know. I can deal with the scammers, they learned quickly I wasn't to be toyed with


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Posted on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 11:03

It has to do with the fact that more and more dating websites are getting scammers joining. And people are losing money by believing the people they meet are legitimate. By validating your information, others can know that you are who you say you are. Dating scams are on the rise. I know I've had about 8 scammers kicked off in the past 3-5 weeks and a couple that dropped off before I could report them.


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Posted on Mon, Sep 15, 2008 22:47

I guess I am in the minority. My driver's license doesn't have anything on it that is not easily accessible in Public Records. Our state (SC) doesn't use SSN's on the license. That being said, I saw no reason why I shouldn't. If my identity was stolen, they'd be in for one helluva' treat-- my credit has been ruined from the dicorce! In addition, my employee badge provided my name, the name of my employer and the unit I work on, without divulging anything else-- except my pic. I verified without really providiing anything that can't be found with a little research. I understand, though, why others might be leery. I might be too, had I not been able to do so without divulging something I felt too personal or invasive.--true


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Posted on Mon, Sep 15, 2008 18:59

Count me among the cautious. I'd be glad to verify that I am who I say I am ... the problem is, I don't know who "they" are. So no, I'm not sending in a copy of my passport, drivers license or anything else like it.


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Posted on Mon, Sep 15, 2008 15:45

I too, agree. I've told them if them if they want to VERIFY who I am, they can come and check that my weird birthmark is exactly where i told them it would be;-)


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Posted on Mon, Sep 15, 2008 14:25

Me too ... they want my personal info to verify who I am AND my work info to verify my occupation. Anyone who wishes to know can get into a conversation with me and establish for themselves whether they really think I can be bothered to pretend to be someone else. I'd prefer to see them insist on a date being put against photos so you get a rough idea of whether it was taken 20 minutes ago or 20 years ago! Verification? Don't think so sunshine!


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Posted on Mon, Sep 15, 2008 14:21

Oh yes I agree. To verify your photo should be enough proof to show, you are who you say you are, and you dont have to provide any personal details to do that.


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Posted on Mon, Sep 15, 2008 12:09

I totally agree, I'm NOT sending anything to verify who I am or my picture. I'll do that with someone who wants to meet me. Identity theft is too rampant. As it is they have my credit card info for payment. Aimee Fla


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