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Computing & Technology > Science > Hacker, Chapter 3

Hacker, Chapter 3

When I watch cop shows and there has been an internet criminal being hunted, their techies seem to know how to find the criminal. Is this fiction? Got an e mail from Walmart. I have shopped there but, to my knowledge, have never “joined” and given them a password and an e mail from them tells me I have a password hat has just been “updated”. What are they talking about?

LinkedIn has also been compromised. I did join, gave them a profile, am routinely informed that I have been selected in a search. I no longer wish to find work through LinkedIn and haven’t bothered canceling. They’re telling me my password has been updated. I told them to cancel my account. But that, too, requires an identity confirmation, that is involved. Screw it. Let it sit there. Paypal tells me the same. I haven’t used Paypal in 10 years. I find them grossly unreliable. I forget now what soured me on them but I trust my past decision, and it tells me to not use them, so I don’t. If a site insists, I cancel the order.

I Googled techie advice on scammers and got a lot of tips that I already observe. I can always spot a phish even if it is from a place I deal with like, for instance, my phone provider. When I try to forward to a fraud line, the e mail won’t send. Sometimes I find my way around the scammer’s self-protection devices and manage to get the relevant information to a fraud site. I have gone so far as to copy the info and send it snail mail.

Recently I got a phone call from a sobbing female. Who are you? Your sister, she said. I said, with pain refreshed, my sister is dead. Click. Surely their random search for a woman who has a sister she hasn’t been in touch with is more than futile? They must go through hundreds of calls before they hit a mark who doesn’t remember what her sister really sounds like. And, of course, my grandson calls. That’s a neat trick, I responded, “I didn’t have children.” Click.

Anyway, I am ignoring every new e mail I get that tells me my password has been successfully changed. The ones I care about have been fixed, the others are just so much garbage cluttering my inbox.

I had a nightmare of support chats with my e mail provider because they had blocked access. Someone was using my e mail to send spam, they said. The chats would quit in the middle and I’d have to start over. Finally, phoned the company (takes a half hour to get a person) and my e mail was released.

I wonder how long this is going to go on. My techie came, with mask and gloves, and helped me through most of it, and he fixed Ed’s printer, and the total was $175. Well worth it, but what if this isn’t over?

If any of you know someone who knows how to track a hacker, put me in touch.

xx, Teal

posted on Apr 16, 2020 4:31 PM ()


It is a good idea to freeze your credit. I did it sometime ago on the advice from a friend. Identity theft is hard to get rid of. I have gotten the grandma calls but mostly I win mega millions and pubolisher's clearing house. I have won at least 8 times this month and it is always a man with a British name and a strong foreign accent who calls me.
comment by elderjane on Apr 18, 2020 3:32 AM ()
I use a hyphenated name. The hacker targeted this name. The credit monitoring agents don't have this hyphenated name, but Ed says he'll go ahead and freeze them anyway.
reply by tealstar on Apr 18, 2020 7:35 AM ()
What happens on "cop shows" is entertainment. Hollywood never had a taste for accuracy and still doesn't. But I'm concerned about the successful password changes that you ignored. If there is any stored credit card or paypal information on even one of those sites they are in business. Did you freeze your credit reports with all three bureaus? That's something immediate you should do even before you figure out how badly your identity is compromised.
comment by jjoohhnn on Apr 17, 2020 8:24 AM ()
I use only one credit card for on line purchases. It is issued by the New York Times Credit Bureau, that I belong to. I lost it several times, always instantly replaced with a new no. My name has also changed and the hackers don't have that.The only accounts being targeted are under my current name on Facebook and on Quora, the political opinion site.I think someone objecting to my political opinions is targeting me. No one has blocked me from this site either because our names are not on it. Also idon't join stores I do business with. How the hell they think I have a password is a mystery.
reply by tealstar on Apr 17, 2020 10:18 AM ()
Some of your scams sound interesting, like the imaginary grandson calling.
The Paypal account might be more dangerous and you should check your bank activity to make sure it's not drawing any payments out, since it would've been attached to your bank account.
comment by drmaus on Apr 17, 2020 8:17 AM ()
I used Paypal once umpteen years ago. I have changed banks twice since then.
reply by tealstar on Apr 17, 2020 10:02 AM ()

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