I see it all the time.
Some person will be just crazy about how they handle their personal information.
I see this because I have been aware of computer crime and mail fraud since I became a victim of it myself in 1999.
Unfortunately, I had gotten a friend involved in what I thought was a really great deal.
It turned out to be a complete scam, and not only did it cost each of us $600, just as we were entering our sophomore year of college, but it also cost me the trust of a friend, and was the start of the loss of that friendship.
That was one of the most expensive lessons I have ever learned in my life.
I still will pay back this friend, with interest, though this event is more than 14 years ago now.
Gambling with your identity is much different than playing in a casino.
In a casino, you’re intentionally walking into a Gaming Club of some kind.
When you know you’re walking into a fantasy world, either through online gaming and gambling or in a real casino, you still know that you’re there to lose some money.
In real life, you may never know you’re walking into a trap.
When you buy that fake computer from a fake guy who is offering you a deal that’s just too good to be true, chances are very good that the deal really is too good to be true.
But unless you improve your skills and knowledge, and approach transactions with a healthy dose of skepticism, you will never see the trap, until it’s too late.
Like we’ve been recommending for years on this site, you should probably walk away from a situation where you know something just doesn’t feel right.
If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
If you get involved with someone who’s trying to scam you, it can end up being like you’re gambling with your identity.
If you lose your identity due to carelessness, it’s a tough and expensive lesson.
There’s really not much more to say today than this simple reminder to be alert, be aware, and get educated.
Make sure to protect your information and your identity, and have a plan in place before identity theft takes place.