Paypal and Too Much Information–Preventing Identity Theft

When you fill out a form to order something from your child’s school, does it ask for a social security number? How about your doctor’s office or dentist? When you are legally not required to give out a social security number, don’t do it. I have a harder time than my husband leaving things blank. As good little students in school, we’re programmed to fill in all of the blanks completely and accurately. Just because someone is asking for your personal information, doesn’t mean you have to give it.

Let’s get to the real reason for this blog.

I was shocked by an unethical request from Paypal. Change checking accounts on Paypal and watch for the “Instant Access” Request. Guess what? If you give Paypal your ACCOUNT NUMBER AND LOGON to your personal account, they’ll let you in instantly. I’m sure someone has actually typed in their personal information.

DON’T DO IT!!! Imagine that someone can access your bank account AS YOU. They can look at your payment history, make changes to your account, move money back and forth. That’s what giving Paypal your banking logon information will do for them. You say, “They’re a corporation and promised to delete the information after verifying the account.” One word. Enron.

There are a lot of ways that thieves can get access to your personal data…some of these you can’t prevent. Do everything you can to keep yourself safe. Don’t give information when you don’t have to.

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About jeanetteraleigh

Jeanette Raleigh is an artist and author who has spent most of her life at some creative pursuit. Whether painting a castle or writing a novel, Jeanette enjoys the playful aspects of creation and strives to make worlds where others feel at home. You can find her works of art and information about her fiction at www.jeanetteraleigh.com.
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