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New Forms Of Insurance For A New World

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

I was thinking about insurance a while back, and I realized that we take great measures to prepare for an unforeseen catastrophe. We’ve got our cars insured, our homes, ourselves, our loved ones, our valuables… Some people even insure parts of themselves, parts that are essential for them to continue earning as much as they do. But now, how crazy, we’ve got one new thing to insure. Our identities!

The Federal Trade Commission has been keeping a complaint list for years, and who would have guessed that identity theft tops that list. reported that in 2006, a full 36 percent of the 674,354 complaints that year were focused solely on identity theft. Isn’t that amazing? I say its nuts. It’s a real shame we live in a world where the criminals can now become so powerful that they can take your entire life away. Just like in “The Net!”

Thank goodness there are companies out there willing to help you guard against identity theft. LifeLock can protect you from ID thieves, and not only that, it’ll reduce your junk mail and superfluous credit card offers. But the best part? While it covers you for up to One Million Dollars, the Life Lock service starts at just $10 a month.

LifeLock is also pioneering the protection of children’s identities. What a strange time we live in where our children are at risk for such a new and complex threat. At least LifeLock can help give us greater security, and peace of mind.

Stop Identity Theft Cold

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Remember that commercial where the guy goes around saying, "Hey, wanna know my Social Security Number? Look at this huge truck! My digits are painted up there!! You just try to steal my identity. You just try!"

"Ok!" says some reporter…who ultimately fails.

It turns out the guy behaving in an "insecure" manner is really the CEO of LifeLock, an identity theft prevention service. They've got success stories posted online at One guy lost all his personal papers, passport, wallet to thieves. The bad guys tried to sign up for credit cards in his name, and lifelock found out and stopped it.

So the basic service protects you from ID theft, plus it reduces junk mail and credit card offers, and covers you for up to $1 million. It costs $10 per month.

LifeLock is also the first and so far only company to protect the identities of children.

It's crazy we live in a world where we have to cope with the threat of someone stealing our identity. I'm glad there are services to help combat that threat.

Chen Hsongs Holdings Limited RECEIVING AGENT/REPRESENTATIVE (Email Spam)

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

I got this one today. It freaked me out because I remember getting a similar one in the past, and at the time I was a little bit closer to taking it seriously. I had read the earlier "opportunity" over with some curiosity and doubt, and I think I ended up dismissing it more because I figured they contacted the wrong guy (what training did I have in order to qualify for the position?), and less because I realized it was a scam. Yikes! Don't you hate it when you catch your previous self in a moment of ignorance?

[Begin Email]

Subject: Hello
From: "Chen Hsongs Holdings Limited"
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 20:13:38 +0300 (MSK)

Dear Sir/madam,

I am the GBM (Chairman) of Chen Hsong Holdings Limited This Company
Established since 1958. After half a century of endless efforts, Chen
Hsong has grown from a small machinery workshop to one of the largest
manufacturers of injection moulding machines in the world.Chen Hsong
Holdings Limited, Produces, Exclusive circular platen (patended), ichen
shop- floor Networked management system, Ductile iron casting and
machining, Jetmaster minijet series, Jetmaster MKIV series, Jetmaster large
series, CHEN-PET Two-stage preform moulding turnkey system, jetmaster C
Series, E.T.C. Due to long association with our suppliers and our thorough
understanding of the working condition in the Industry; It is upon
this note that we are writing you this mail to seek your assistance in
representing our
company in your locality as our RECEIVING AGENT/REPRESENTATIVE.One who
will act as a medium for our clients in those locality to be reaching
us with their payments and so on. Note that as a receiving Agent of
our company,You will be entitled to TEN Percent Payment of any amount you
receive from our customers We seek your Sincere cooperation and
assistance to establish a cordial relationship with our clients.To facilitate
the conclusion of this proposal if accepted,Please send us
the following Information

1) Your Full name…………..and present occupation…………

2) Telephone number…………..and Fax…………..

3) Contact address…………….

4) Age…………….

Thanks in anticipation.
Dr. Chiang Chen
GBM (Chairman)
Chen Hsong Holdings Limited

[End Email]

So obviously they're not looking for anyone specific. Sirs and madams of the world, your destiny awaits! What can these guys do knowing your full name, age, address, phone/fax number, and job? Does this scam hinge on identity theft? Do these people call up some organization, claim to be you, and then get the info they need to open credit cards in your name? Or do they string you along somehow, and instruct you to ignorantly fulfill various random tasks, contributing to the world's supply of evil?

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: The email in question was a scam. It was sent to illegally gather the recipient's personal information. I posted it here for commentary purposes only, in an effort to shed some light on the situation. I am neither affiliated with the email senders, nor do I wish to act on their behalf.

So please don't add a comment posting your personal details. Thank you.