Saturday, April 28, 2012

No privacy with mortgages, no privacy with police reports

Below is post #8886 by Stan, in Atlanta, sent today to my Questions and Comments page. He is answering Russell, #8861, who was “boiling mad” as to whoever had leaked his home address to the public:

Its most likely the mortgage company, They sell your info to anyone and everyone.

This recently happened to a friend of mine when they did a refi on their home..  If the mortgage company has your phone # you will be getting hundreds of sales calls.

Also I know a friend that had some tools stolen from his back porch, chainsaw, blower etc. He had seen some neighborhood kids behind his house a few days before, so having suspects and the serial #s of the stolen items, he thought the cops might easily close the case. The cops didn’t lift a finger to do anything, other than take a report. My friend then started getting hundreds of calls from burglar alarm companies.

He was not aware that police reports are very public, in fact I recently met a guy that makes a good living by going to local police departments every morning to copy down the name, address and phone # of every burglary victim and every person arrested for DUI in the last 24 hours. He then sells the info to alarm companies or DUI lawyers

For more tips on personal privacy, check out my Questions and Comments page.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

How to hide money that will never be found.

As shown in the picture, a hole can be drilled in the tip of a stout cane, and up to several $100 bills or 500-euro bills can be inserted (depending on the size of the hole). A black rubber tip then covers the hole.

Even if you never use a cane, it's a great place to hide money. And if you do happen to travel with the cane, and some passenger or crew member gets violent, you've got the tool right there to hook him around the neck and kindly ask him to cool down.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Want revenge on someone? File their taxes for them!

An overweight middle-aged man who called himself Bernard recently walked into a tax office in Great Falls, Montana and asked the receptionist a question she couldn't answer. She directed him to another room and introduced him to Bob, one of the tax preparers. Bob took the man to his cubicle and listened to Bernard’s sad story about not having filed a tax return for years.

Bob then filed five years of back taxes (both state and federal) in the name Bernard gave him, based solely on the story he was told. At no time did Bob think to ask Bernard for ID.

Although true except for names, do not copy Bernard’s example by filing someone else’s taxes for them. This account is for entertainment purposes only. :-)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Chris Hadnagy’s speech at RSA

I seldom recommend a video but if you want to know how dangerous social engineering can be, you gotta see this one. You will learn why so many companies, no matter how big, will sooner or later be hacked.

The website is

Scroll down to the video “Human Hacking Exposed: 6 Preventative Tips That Can Save Your Company.”

Leave me a comment if you think you learned something from this.