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skimming - how to detect and protect?


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since some month skimming seem to be "trending" and we need to have some info to be prepared against.

usually i saw this always with looong not read people. If Chat-logging works and default settings are not altered the log-on and log-off of friends will be logged.
Sample:
[2010/12/27 17:20] Firstname Lastname is Offline
[2010/12/27 17:20] Firstname Lastname is Online
and a new IM out of nothing:
[2015/08/08 10:27] Firstname Lastname:Hi
restarting IMs after looong time is unusual

Their IM pops up and they chat some about this and that.

They take their time (hours or even days) and seem not need to hurry. They take time to (re-)build some kind of trust. But for sure on the end its the money they want.

Some talk seem to be done to 'value' one and set their strategy.
Sample:
"long time ago you borrowed me some L$"
wrong answer:
"yes, it were xL$"
right answer:
"don't worry"

They take every bit on info one gives them and use it to make their fraud even more intense.

What are good ideas we could share here public to detect and protect against such frauds.

Dil :)

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skimming is something totally different, it's making a copy of the information on a bank or creditcard. Second Life doesn't read your cardinfo.

You most likely mean phishing. the best way to protect yourself against that is simply not give your pw or other important information.If you do you ask for problems yourself.

What you encountered can be a bot, just ignore and mute it.

Don't start a list on the forum, using names isn't allowed.

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thanks for Your Answer, Alwin.

skimming might be the wrong word, but phising looks either wrong.

Its usually not a bot (even if it might be possible in some. Joseph Weizenbaum's(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Weizenbaum) Eliza(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ELIZA) grandchilds are smart today)

Its definitely a person (cheep paid and with many open IMs).

My interest is less to protect myself. Its the question how a reasonable protection strategy could be formed.

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