… how today’s society and networking has opened up everyone’s life.
I don’t know exactly how it is in the rest of the world, but here in Finland, if you have your phone number publicly registered, your life is an open book to anyone.
If you have a name and you send it in a text message to a certain number, you’ll receive a message back with all given names, registered address, phone numbers and providers. If you have a phone number and send that in a text to a certain number, you’ll get all given names, registered address, and providers. If you have a car license number and text that to a certain number, you’ll get the name of the car owner, address, everything. And since recently you can even request tax and income information about people by sending a text to a certain number.
And aside from the registered name of the phone you sent it from there’s no identification or legitimation necessary.
Yesterday my better half was called by a guy who had her name, home address AND work address and he said that he was from a flower store and had a bouquet of flowers to deliver to her and asked to deliver it to her work or home. She only had to confirm the exact house number, which she then gave.
The flowers would be delivered by the end of the day.
So after the first happy surprise (I hardly ever give her flowers 😉 ) and after the day had gone by without flowers, we started wondering.
So this morning my better half called the flower store and it appeared that this guy had called a good handful of people, but only in our neighborhood, with the same story.
Police report has been filed, but until now it’s unclear what the purpose of this mysterious caller was.
But he did have all this information.
Our home address, our names, her work address. And gullible as my better half is, she also gave the guy my phone number, because I was home the whole day…
I’m not totally trusting every one just like that, but I believe that if someone would’ve called me with a totally believable story like that, I also would’ve taken the bait -hook, line and sinker.
It’s a scary thought. With personal information being so accessible and people being able to get and other people so willing to give more personal information it can only lead to bad things…