Identity theft warning

While most people commenting at Your NZ do so responsibly there has been a problem over the last couple of weeks in particular with a small number of people commenting with obvious malicious intent.

One of the worst offences has been posting comments using another person’s identity – this is called identity theft and is a serious breach of blog protocol.

Someone did this yesterday  using a well known identity and it included using the person’s email address.

I contacted this person and they confirmed to me that it wasn’t them who had commented.

So here’s a warning – anyone found to have used another person’s identity foregoes any rights to privacy. I may pass on what I know about any such people to the person whose identity was misused, or for law enforcement.

And as these people are obviously legally ignorant I suggest they read this from NZ Police:

About online identity theft

Identity theft is when someone assumes another person’s identity, such as their name, bank account details or credit card number, to commit fraud or other crimes.

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing areas of crime across the world and has no geographical boundaries – victims and offenders can be on opposite sides of the world. This makes it difficult for Police to investigate the crime, catch the perpetrator or help the victim.

Not so difficult in recent cases here is identifying the culprits through their commenting style and malicious motives.

If anyone sees that a comment has been made using their identity here please advise me as soon as possible so I can take appropriate action.

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23 Comments

  1. Mike C

     /  27th November 2015

    @George

    Several weeks ago … someone in here tried using the regular commenter’s username “Alan Wilkinson” twice within the space of a week.

    They changed it back to the username that they had previously been using at that time very quickly … as soon as I noticed they did it both times … and my final conclusion was they were “testing the water” to see if it was possiblr toget away with writing comments under another commenter’s name.

    The person who used AlanW’s username is still writing comments in here 🙂

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  2. kittycatkin

     /  27th November 2015

    Identity theft has probably gone on since people had names-well, I know that it has-but computers are the best gift that these thieves could ever have been given. Thank you for being vigilant, but I wish that it wasn’t necessary.

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    • Mike C

       /  27th November 2015

      @Kitty

      The best deterrent of username identity theft … is to use a photo you have taken yourself as your profile picture … and not a picture that can be found on the Internet.

      My profile picture is a photo that I took of one of our house cows … and it would be very difficult for a thief to duplicate 🙂

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  3. PG I seriously would not waste police time with such trivial matters; as Mike C has noted, commentators falling foul of ID theft probably should add a pic of their favourite farm animal, etc.
    BTW when ‘Blue Salacious’ comments, that is me from my mobile phone.

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  4. Person W (name edited)

     /  27th November 2015

    Yawn

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    • kittycatkin

       /  27th November 2015

      Do trot off to beddy-byes, Person W, you sound exhausted. Off you go ! Auntie Kitty, Auntie Mike, Uncle Pete, Uncle Salacious, Uncle Dave and Uncle Fish will come in and sing to you if you’re good.

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      • Mike C

         /  27th November 2015

        @Kittycatkin

        I definitely wont be singing any fucking lullabies to any of those baskets and beaches.

        So please leave me out of that equation thanks.

        Shall leave that to you 🙂

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        • kittycatkin

           /  27th November 2015

          I said it PW was good, so I suspect that we won’t be lined up singing Hushabye, W, on the tree top.

          I am worried about poor W, if he’s so tired that all he can do is yawn. Maybe he’s ill. Do you have a thermometer ?

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          • MaureenW

             /  27th November 2015

            Probably cancer.

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            • Only got the old fashioned type thermometer …
              Perhaps as oldmantalking said, W is bored during the school holidays?
              “Identity theft is one of the fastest growing areas of crime across the world”
              One reason why I don’t have one.
              Ψ

            • kittycatkin

               /  28th November 2015

              Maureen, don’t say that even of this person !

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