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March 4, 2008

Verizon not concerned with Identity Theft

Filed under: Consume, News — Tags: , , , , , , — skeptisys @ 10:47 am

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Identity theft has affected tens of millions of people and cost many billions of dollars, according to many sources including the U.S. Dept of Justine.  Verizon’s new Acceptable Use Policy (that takes effect today) creates concern for those seeking to protect themselves and their private personal information, such as social security numbers, bank information, and passwords, from such identity thefts.

Verizon, who has admitted to breaking federal law in order to illegally share citizens’ personal private data, has a new policy that states that they have the right to share your online information with any 3rd party.  The policy makes no mention of any attempt to keep your delicate information private.  Users expect their ISP to keep all their internet activities private, and to permanently delete them ASAP to further guarantee security.

Verizon attempts to force users to not hide their real information, thereby further opening people to identity theft.  The policy states that “you may NOT… use a false name while using the Service”.  (Verizon’s use of all caps for ‘not’)

Billions of dollars have been lost to identity theft.  Verizon appears not to take your information or money seriously, and is willing to potentially open themselves to very large liability as a result.

5 Comments »

  1. This is not really related, but your thought-provoking post reminds me of something I learned recently.

    Major League Baseball players are now instructed not to autograph index cards -traditionally one of the preferred items for collectors- due to concerns about identity theft.

    Yeah, like I’d want to be Jay Gibbons right now!

    Comment by Allen Wigger — March 4, 2008 @ 2:37 pm

  2. Nice try, Mr. Gibbons.
    Thanks, I did not know that. The identity theft case with Aou and Thome was due to someone going through their garbage, it was reported. I do not know of any cases where an autograph was used for id theft, but I’ll ask my accountants, Mr Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb – if I can find them.

    I hope MLB is successful in cracking down on identity theft, just so I can find out who pretended to be Carlos Delgado last season.

    Comment by skeptisys — March 4, 2008 @ 5:00 pm

  3. Hating Verizon now. My wife’s identity was stolen a couple of years ago. Somebody in Paris, New York set up an account under her SSN with Verizon. Took her 6 months to clear and Verizon was very rude throughout the whole process and basically admitted that their fraud department was an answering machine sitting in a room that nobody ever checks. Well now here we go again. I just got a collection notice for $2500 for Verizon of New York. I have never even been to New York. 2 people’s identity stolen in the same household in 2 years by the same company in the same location. Coincidence? I think not. Funny how the victims have to jump through hoops to prove who they are but the criminals can do what they want without consequence. The kicker is that nobody will do anything about it. The BBB and police in New York say it is not their jurisdiction because the victims don’t live in New York. Our state says it is not their jurisdiction since the crime took place in New York. Not sure where our information was obtained either because we are both very careful with our info and do not have Verizon accounts (now never will after this).

    Comment by Will — March 24, 2008 @ 6:29 am

  4. Thanks, Will, for sharing your story. Identity theft is a major problem becoming more common, and not enough is done to prevent its occurrence.
    I found some information on the Federal Trade Commission’s website that may help you and/or others deal with this damaging crime.

    http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/consumers/defend.html

    The website includes steps on how to deal with identity theft, including forms and sample letters to help file police reports and challenge fraudulent charges. Verizon should have fraud dispute forms, and if not, the site has a sample letter that contains your pertinent rights. I can’t imagine this will be easy for you. I wish you all the luck and hope you will continue to share with us your experiences to help gain consumer awareness.

    Comment by skeptisys — March 30, 2008 @ 10:36 am

  5. Added to my bookmark list :)

    Comment by tomaszharacz — August 13, 2010 @ 5:04 am


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