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Photobucket hacked and my bogus account

Cyber Crimes Abound

On May 8, 2015 the FBI arrested two men for hacking members’ accounts at Photobucket in 2014 and selling personal details and content from them. The Denver Post has the scoop.

All of which has nothing to do with the Photobucket problem I’ve been trying to ignore for months now. Today I took time to investigate.

You see, though I’ve never set up an account with Photobucket, my gmail account began receiving newsletters and ‘special offer’ emails from the popular online photo-sharing site under the name “Haydee O”. This sparked other businesses to send me similar unwanted emails, quite a deluge of them as you may imagine. And all the companies’s messages seemed to be generating from Australia and perhaps Photobucket owns them or sold my details to them.

But I was tired of deleting them all so I used the Sign In tab provided in today’s bogus Photobucket gmail to sign in to “my” Photobucket account (once my alleged password had been sent to me because I ‘forgot’ it.) Upon finding the set-up page of the account I discovered the name “Haydee O. Urbina” had been used with little personal info added to the registration form other than ‘Australian Territory’ and MY gmail address (which is easy to find on my blogs.)

Naturally as I edited the form I unsubscribed from the newsletter which I hope cuts down on the constant spamming. Then a search for “Haydee O Urbina” turned up women of various ages who sport that name (though the middle initial was not always ‘O’) yet none seemed to be associated with Australia.

Haydee O Urbina, You Have a Message (you stinker you)

So, Photobucket’s “Haydee O Urbina”, if that’s your real name, I wish you well and hope you have better things to do in the future than to set up online accounts using other people’s email addresses. You could have selected “no newsletters” but you didn’t–thanks for nothing.

In parting, I must say that besides gaining whatever you may have gained from lying on your account form, you really know how to cause others to waste way too much of their time correcting your foolish deceit!

Written by Jude Cowell

May 10, 2015 at 4:06 pm

Beware Card Skimmers at the Grocery Store

As of yesterday yours truly is mired in a first-ever credit card skimming experience resulting in a large fraudulent charge that all but cleaned out my account. The primary place I use the victimized card is at a neighborhood Publix grocery store but occasionally I shop at Kroger.

My suspicion rests with Publix because approximately a month ago I was behind a young man in the check out line and upon completing his transaction – and with me in process of purchasing my stuff – he stood nearby and continued to peck at his smartphone and was still doing so as I left the store while glancing at me every once in a while. Not much to be suspicious of perhaps but I had one of those what you call ‘feelings’.

As I drove from the parking lot, his truck was in front of my car and I saw which street he turned on as I turned into my neighborhood. Oddly enough, he turned onto Woodstock Road and maybe it’s a coincidence but the GoPro camera that was fraudulently purchased with my card may have come from one of several official GoPro stores in the Atlanta area. One of them is in Woodstock. My bank had the unusually large transaction On Hold and called me to ask if I had authorized the transaction (no!) so in checking my account, it showed the debited amount to be On Hold — and for a purchase at a camera shop for a GoPro.

Curiously, the Publix store in question replaced their swipe machines with new models about a week ago. Perhaps other customers have had similar issues of card theft and fraudulent charges. I shall mention my experience to the store management soon.

Anyway, I write to express a bit of my frustration and to caution those who use their cards in swipe machines no matter where. Here is a Daily Kos contributor who had a similar experience and knows more about the technology of the matter than little ole me:

Beware New Credit Card Skimmers.

Wonder why in America credit card companies won’t give our cards the same kind of security enjoyed by card holders in other countries?

Written by Jude Cowell

March 10, 2015 at 4:04 pm

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