Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Google and Fraud

Free is good so I guess I cannot complain too much. I like my gmail accounts but beware there is not much protection and no easy way to recover if someone gets hold of your account. There is no number to call and get someone to lock an account that has been hacked. There is a form but filling it out says it could take 24 hours to verify.

Free always has a cost attached!

Here are some things to keep in a safe place.

1) The verification code that google sends to your secondary email address.
2) Know the date that you created the account, month and year. The recovery process seems to require this. I had to guess and of course my account is still locked.
3) Place a fraud alert on your accounts
4) Check your credit reports continually
5) Close the accounts that have or may have been tampered with or not opened by you
6) File a complaint with the FTC https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/
7) I also filed a complaint with the internet crimes division of the government http://www.ic3.gov/crimeschemes.aspx

I will update this as I learn more.