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Snap Matt
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Security questions

Post by Snap Matt » Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:37 pm

I just had to register an online account for a pension scheme I was enrolled in. After the usual password malarkey they asked for three security questions - among the usual ones like your favourite place, first pet etc, they had something along the lines of "Which historical figure would you must like to act as your mentor?"

It was tempting to pick that one and give Hitler as the answer, hoping there was an equivalent of a profanity filter. What may have seemed funny at that moment might not be so memorable if I ever want to try and log on to their site ever again. It certainly isn't something I would want to repeat if I was phoning them up; worse still if the person on the other end agreed with the idea.

In the end I chose a factual question instead.

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Re: Security questions

Post by JMFangio » Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:22 am

If someone wants to nick your identity, then things like mother's maiden name, first pet, etc are probably all available on your Facebook page, however if Adolf actually was your preferred mentor, I doubt you'd advertise the fact all over the 'net, unless you were Alex Jones, that is.

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Re: Security questions

Post by Snap Matt » Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:23 pm

Even without having a Facebook page myself (assuming they did delete it as requested some ten years ago), I imagine they would be able to sell a list that contains my mothers maiden name to anyone willing to pay. Anyone that has shared their porn star name will have given the identity thieves a head start anyway.

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Re: Security questions

Post by Snap Matt » Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:56 am

This message was in my spam today. I knew it was going to be entertaining when I saw how many exclamation marks they had added at the end of the title.
Head Office Department
New York


A power of attorney was forwarded to our office this morning by one gentle
man and he is a citizen from united state of America and his name is MR
robert cole.
This man claimed to be your representative and this power of attorney
stated that you are dead after brief illness and he brought account to
replace your information
in other to claim your fund of $4.5 million us dollars which is now lying
dormant and unclaimed, below is the new account he have submitted:

City Bank
Account# / 6503809428.
Address 1076 Peter Johnson Road
New York, USA,

Be further informed that this power of attorney also stated that you
suffered and died of a throat cancer. You are therefore given 24 hrs to
confirm the truth in this
information, if you are still alive, you are to contact us back
immediately, because we work 24 hrs just to ensure that

we monitor all the activities going on in regards to the transfer of
beneficiary's inheritance and contract payment. You are to call this office
immediately for
clarifications on this matter as we shall be available 24 hrs to speak with
you and give you the necessary guidelines on how to

ensure that your payment is wired to you immediately and also be inform
that any further delay from your side could be dangerous, as we would not
be held responsible
for any wrong payment. Contact us as soon as possible if you are truly
alive as we have his identification and residence he provides for us to
wired the payment to
him. Note: we want you to re-confirm your personal information below to
enable us renew and update your file before we will take next step.

(1) Full Name.............

(2) Country/State/ City Name.............

(3) Delivery Address.........

(4) Occupation.............

(5) Sex..................

(6) Age.................

(7) Telephone Number...........

(8) A Cope of Your Passport/ Drivers


(9)monthly income.............................................

Best Regards.
Mr John Demeza (Director General)

International Monetary Funds Unit.
call or text
office tel:(646)930-7949
I thought it was just a cough.

Perhaps I should print a copy for the children to identify all of the errors in the English for some summer holiday homework, although as they both failed to put a capital letter at the start of a name the other day they would probably tell me it was perfect.

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