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Some years ago.. I was phished.. I was doing quite a lot of business with China.. I was wiring money over seas on weekly basis.. Then one Sunday morning, I get a familiar looking e-mail from a vendor.. It said something about a problem with my order.. And I clicked the link.. The second I did it, I knew I screwed up.. I was like I was trying to get my finger back off the key.. TOO late.. Wham.. my deck-top was locked up..I do a re-boot.. and I can't get into any of my accounts.. All of my passwords have been changed.. For 13 frantic hours I was on the phone trying to recover my accounts.. Thank Jesus this happen on a Sunday.. Come Monday morning before 8 am, I'm pounding on the door of the bank where my over seas wires come from.. Knowing they won't think twice about wiring a big chunk of money.. Again, Thank you lord.. They had the order, but where sipping on coffee before they got around to it.. Bottom line.. I have only one bank account, with very little money in it.. that can be accessed ON-LINE.. The instructions on all other accounts.. "IN PERSON BANKING ONLY".. I told one bank officer, "Someone better be sticking a gun in your face before you let any money out of my accounts"..
 

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For every senior that doesn't fall for the old "there's been suspicious activity in your SS account and we need to verify it" there's 10 others that panicked and gave up their info.
 

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I wish someone would wright a program that you could send back to the scammers that would destroy their drives..
 

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Kinda unrelated but I learned the hard way NOT to access financial info or websites while on hotel WIFI. A couple years ago, I got "hacked" at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood FL. Thankfully I usually provide my primary bank manager with a copy of my itinerary for the month so she knows where I am. She KNEW I wasn't making a transfer from my account to one in Croatia and called me immediately.

Having a relationship with your bank helps to insure the chances of you're getting ripped off are at least slimmer.
 
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