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#1 JavaBean

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 05:04 PM

I just heard a story about a situation locally where identity theft has occurred and it was done through one of the "Deal" sites. Just wanted to caution everyone as this is not something that can easily be fixed and the information needed for some of these sites is all someone needs to go on a shopping spree at your expense.

#2 sherri

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 05:48 PM

this is why i dont shop online i just dont trust it

#3 jenny

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 05:57 PM

Ya...I don't shop online for this reason.

#4 Leslie

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 08:49 PM

Ive bought off these sites regularly and thankfully never had an issue. Its unfortunte cause this ruins things for everyone else.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 10:56 PM

hmmm.. any more hints at where this may have occurred?
i use groupon a bit, but havent done the kijiji deal --though i want to

#6 Trea

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 06:44 AM

Is it someone you know?

I don't shop much on line because I have no money. I don't "worry" too much about identity theft though. I keep everything as safe as possible and do what I can to protect myself. It will happen or it won't. If someone wants my info badly enough they will get it no matter what I do.

I also know that a lot of these stories are just that, "stories". Also it is like so many other things we do in life. There is a small percent chance of it going wrong, but we still take the chance it won't be us. I have heard "stories" of people being stalked in real life after being stalked on FB or other social networking sites (including forums!). I don't see it stopping anyone on here from using them though....LOL

Anyway.....I think common sense has to play a huge part in protecting ones-self. In today's society you can have your identity stolen in so many ways. Even just walking down the street! IMHO, protect yourself to the best of your ability and don't worry about it from there.

#7 JavaBean

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 08:30 AM

This is someone I know and is absolutely true. They used a legit site, bought a "deal" and the business is now opening all sorts of cards under their name with their info from their original purchase. I'm just cautioning people because I'd hate to see this happen to someone else and you can see how easy it is to do.

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 09:27 AM

This is someone I know and is absolutely true. They used a legit site, bought a "deal" and the business is now opening all sorts of cards under their name with their info from their original purchase. I'm just cautioning people because I'd hate to see this happen to someone else and you can see how easy it is to do.


That does suck! I hope they get it all worked out!

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 11:43 AM

Javabean - what did your friend buy? (I'm thinking of anyone else bought the same deal, they should look for any problems)

I love online shopping - but I have a prepaid mastercard I obtained from BMO just for this type of use. It costs $10 to activate and it's good for either 3 or 5 years - and it works just like a regular credit card. Because my bank is also BMO, when I log into my online banking, I can transfer money from my account right onto the card (there's no time to wait like making a payment on a CC) and then I use it to pay for whatever I want to buy. Other than when I'm about to make a purchase, that sucker sits at zero.

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 12:28 PM

This is someone I know and is absolutely true. They used a legit site, bought a "deal" and the business is now opening all sorts of cards under their name with their info from their original purchase. I'm just cautioning people because I'd hate to see this happen to someone else and you can see how easy it is to do.


The deal site is opening things or the place the deal is for? You should let us know what site it is so that we can steer clear if we are concerned about the security on that site.

#11 JavaBean

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 01:54 PM

The business the deal is for. I will post more info when this is no longer an open case. My apologies for being so vague. I just wanted to give a heads up to keep your eye on your own CC activity.

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 05:15 PM

The business the deal is for. I will post more info when this is no longer an open case. My apologies for being so vague. I just wanted to give a heads up to keep your eye on your own CC activity.

gahhhh I recently got a deal from http://www.babyganic...te=product/shop
and now I'm very nervous since it was $1 for $20 worth of merchandise.
I purchased through https://www.onsale.com/user/login
I have not yet activated that 'coupon'.
Can you pm me if you 'think' it might be a good idea for me not to activate this.

#13 vmbeetle

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 10:32 PM

That's really strange. So the ACTUAL company as in Groupon/Kijiji/Steal the Deal didn't have their security set high?
I've done three different campaigns through three different companies and I haven't had a problem nor was I given a list of their credit cards. You are basically working with an employee through the deal company and they send you the direct PDF file will the first name and last initial or sometimes the full last name and the coupon code, how many they purchased. There is no where on their the credit card number.

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 09:34 AM

I have to be honest to say i will not purchase online anymore. A few months back I made 2 purchases with my credit card- one was bath and body - - and it was delivered to a family member in the states- then the next day I made another purchse - i won't say with what- but 2 days later i got a call that someone had tried to charge a large $$ amount. But it was done in the states - but not michigan- so it was cleared up easily- but i won't do that again.

#15 JavaBean

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 10:04 AM

That's really strange. So the ACTUAL company as in Groupon/Kijiji/Steal the Deal didn't have their security set high?
I've done three different campaigns through three different companies and I haven't had a problem nor was I given a list of their credit cards. You are basically working with an employee through the deal company and they send you the direct PDF file will the first name and last initial or sometimes the full last name and the coupon code, how many they purchased. There is no where on their the credit card number.



The actual vendor did indeed get the info as they were the one applying for new CCs.

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 11:33 AM

That's really strange. So the ACTUAL company as in Groupon/Kijiji/Steal the Deal didn't have their security set high?
I've done three different campaigns through three different companies and I haven't had a problem nor was I given a list of their credit cards. You are basically working with an employee through the deal company and they send you the direct PDF file will the first name and last initial or sometimes the full last name and the coupon code, how many they purchased. There is no where on their the credit card number.


This is exactly what I was going to say. I'm glad you wrote this because you actually have run these deals and can verify the way they work. Perhaps it was one of the lesser known companies and things are done differently? I know Groupon does not give the company credit card numbers and that the vendor doesn't even get their payment until the actual Groupon is used.

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 01:56 PM

bought kijiji deal once, it was fine so far anyway, seemed to be a secure site, though I am not much of an online shopper... don't like putting my credit card information online..

I just ordered some shoes at eastbay.com for my son... so hopefully it was all good too... that would suck.. especially since I don't use mine but did for these few items... then they rack up your limit.. yikes.

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 02:12 PM

That's really strange. So the ACTUAL company as in Groupon/Kijiji/Steal the Deal didn't have their security set high?
I've done three different campaigns through three different companies and I haven't had a problem nor was I given a list of their credit cards. You are basically working with an employee through the deal company and they send you the direct PDF file will the first name and last initial or sometimes the full last name and the coupon code, how many they purchased. There is no where on their the credit card number.


I know for a fact that groupon.com doesnt share the information with the retailer and groupon is the one that charges the consumers credit card. Maybe some of the "smaller" deal sites should be more of a concern....groupon.com is large and throughout the USA as well.

That's really strange. So the ACTUAL company as in Groupon/Kijiji/Steal the Deal didn't have their security set high?
I've done three different campaigns through three different companies and I haven't had a problem nor was I given a list of their credit cards. You are basically working with an employee through the deal company and they send you the direct PDF file will the first name and last initial or sometimes the full last name and the coupon code, how many they purchased. There is no where on their the credit card number.


I know for a fact that groupon.com doesnt share the information with the retailer and groupon is the one that charges the consumers credit card. Maybe some of the "smaller" deal sites should be more of a concern....groupon.com is large and throughout the USA as well.

#19 JavaBean

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 02:16 PM

Hey everyone! I wasn't posting to down any one business. I was very careful to not mention which business was used. This business is actually using more than one site to run this little scam. I only ever meant to caution you to watch your CC transactions and report anything suspicious. If you trust who you are using for deals, continue on. This is not just some story I've heard 3rd or 4th hand and I only had your best interest in mind since it is local to our area.

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 07:13 AM

but are you sure this happened....lmao!! :stickpoke

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 08:49 AM

Honestly I am surprised at how defensive some of the replies are. Java is never one to come on here and post bs, I actually appreciate the heads up, although I wish I knew which deal company it is. I have bought only 2deals off of groupon and not had any issues yet.

#22 sherri

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 09:39 AM

Honestly I am surprised at how defensive some of the replies are. Java is never one to come on here and post bs, I actually appreciate the heads up, although I wish I knew which deal company it is. I have bought only 2deals off of groupon and not had any issues yet.



i agree and really just because it hasnt happened to you yet does not mean it wont
it happens to people every day

#23 Jill

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 10:21 AM

I think it stems from people feeling a bit threatened by the fact that this is happening and wanting to press the fact that the places "they" bought from are good.

Edited by Jill, 27 August 2011 - 10:21 AM.


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Posted 27 August 2011 - 04:55 PM

I don't think people were defensive, just trying to get more info. and not understanding how the company would get personal info. enough to open cc's elsewhere. Thanks for the warning JB :)

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 05:26 PM

I don't think people were defensive, just trying to get more info. and not understanding how the company would get personal info. enough to open cc's elsewhere. Thanks for the warning JB :)

Maybe you are right :)

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 12:07 PM

thats why i will only shop with people who take pay pal.

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 04:00 PM

I hope I didn't seem defensive I've just dealt with three of the deal companies and was just saying from a business perspective that it seemed odd to me that the credit card numbers had been given out as what I receive is formal and has nothing with them on it. I Would like to know as which company it is so I can let other people know.

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 08:07 PM

My credit card number was compromised (a.k.a. "stolen") when I ordered from amazon.com

I have been ordering from amazon.com for several years without any problems; however, on one occasion I didn't check for the "https" (which shows the site is secure) while entering my credit card number. I noticed that I had been asked to re-enter my information (address, credit card number, etc.), but I didn't think anything of it. The next day I received a call from the fraud dept of the credit card company to verify unusual purchases (which weren't mine). That's how I found out there had been some sort of worm in the computer I had used.

Had I checked first for the "https" in the url, before typing in my credit card info, the fraudulent charges wouldn't have happened. I still order online and will continue to do so. Just be cautious.