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Everybody Wants My Phone Number


By oldschoolbob

7 months ago



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    #1 7 months ago

    Sorry but I just have to complain somewhere. I have never had a Facebook account. My wife does. A couple of months ago I learned there are pinball groups on there so I decided to join. I don’t like giving any of my personal information to any of these corporations – I don't even post a facial photo. So I opened an account with my Gmail address using the name “Bob O Skool”. (obviously not my real name). After a few weeks I was informed that I have to change my password. I gave them my Gmail address and they sent me a code. I entered the code and then they asked for my phone number so they could send me another code. I refuse to give them my phone number – And besides what if I don’t have a phone for text messages (i.e. old land line phone).

    I tried several times to get back on Facebook. At one point they even asked for a photo I.D. Why in the hell do they need this information just to post comments about pinball? I’m so glad PinSide don’t ask for this personal information.

    And the complaint goes on. I decided to sell some of my rebuilt MPUs on EBay. I had to re-open my PayPal account that’s been closed for years. Now they’re asking for my phone number. What is going on? They want my real name – address – phone number – bank account - photo I.D. – next they’ll want finger prints and DNA sample.

    Thanks for listening to my complaining.

    Bob

    #2 7 months ago

    Hey Bob, can I get your phone number?

    #3 7 months ago

    Hi Bob

    I was going to call you to invite you to the party.

    But, alas. I didn't have your phone number.

    The ladies were so disappointed that you wouldn't be there. Your favorites, whips and whipping cream. Went to waste.

    LTG : (

    #4 7 months ago

    I hear ya Bob, I'm in the exact same boat as you (another land line lover). However, I have no interest in Facebook anything and can get all the pinball I need between here and RGP. No need to give out your number or any other information if you don't want to.

    John

    #5 7 months ago

    A good friend signed me on to her fakebook account so I could use marketplace to find a pinball machine. Still looking, same machines, overpriced sit there day after day. Worse than craigslist ever was.

    #6 7 months ago

    It was brain dead easy to set up fake accounts without any authentication methods in place. Not just create one or two accounts at a time, but dozens or hundreds en masse. Spammers, scammers, and other malicious actors could easily use them to do whatever it is that they do.

    The point of the phone number is to add an extra hurdle and link online accounts to a real, unique piece of information that isn't as easily spoofed. To essentially prove that a real person is operating the account.

    #7 7 months ago
    Quoted from phil-lee:

    A good friend signed me on to her fakebook account so I could use marketplace to find a pinball machine. Still looking, same machines, overpriced sit there day after day. Worse than craigslist ever was.

    Good deals rarely stay up for more than a few minutes.

    #8 7 months ago

    i hear you , i hate it when people at stores ask for your postal code , or phone # , if more people would just say no , they would not ask

    #9 7 months ago

    Its Facebook. You're really not missing much at all. I shut mine down a couple of years ago and never looked back.

    #10 7 months ago

    I don’t want your number

    #11 7 months ago

    You never heard about russia using facebook? Creating many fake accounts to influence an election? Lack of security causing zuckerburg to face congress? My guess is, that has something to do with the security questions you are dealing with.

    #12 7 months ago

    I had a door to door salesman wanting to sell me fiber optic cable and internet the other day but needed me to give him my full name. I laughed and told him i would get my wallet and he could take a pic of my drivers license for him. I then told him to get the f out of here and shut the door while walking upstairs hearing him shouting through the door if i was interested!

    Same day i get Mr Ross Green calling me from the tax department while on the road saying I will be arrested if I dont pay what i owe. Mr. Green sports a serious Indian accent and I tried to keep him on the phone as long as possible but after 10 minutes of me fucking with him he hung up.

    Fast forward to that evening I get a call from my phone service provider saying i qualify for a new phone! I ask what the promotion is but he must first verify who I am. I said lmk what you have and we can take it from there. He insisted that he cant do anything without my name. At that point after having a good laugh I told him to get the f out of here.

    #13 7 months ago
    Quoted from vex:

    I had a door to door salesman wanting to sell me fiber optic cable and internet the other day but needed me to give him my full name. I laughed and told him i would get my wallet and he could take a pic of my drivers license for him. I then told him to get the f out of here and shut the door while walking upstairs hearing him shouting through the door if i was interested!
    Same day i get Mr Ross Green calling me from the tax department while on the road saying I will be arrested if I dont pay what i owe. Mr. Green sports a serious Indian accent and I tried to keep him on the phone as long as possible but after 10 minutes of me fucking with him he hung up.
    Fast forward to that evening I get a call from my phone service provider saying i qualify for a new phone! I ask what the promotion is but he must first verify who I am. I said lmk what you have and we can take it from there. He insisted that he cant do anything without my name. At that point after having a good laugh I told him to get the f out of here.

    Easiest solution is just don't answer your door or the phone. Works great for me.

    #14 7 months ago
    Quoted from oldschoolbob:

    Sorry but I just have to complain somewhere. I have never had a Facebook account. My wife does. A couple of months ago I learned there are pinball groups on there so I decided to join. I don’t like giving any of my personal information to any of these corporations – I don't even post a facial photo. So I opened an account with my Gmail address using the name “Bob O Skool”. (obviously not my real name). After a few weeks I was informed that I have to change my password. I gave them my Gmail address and they sent me a code. I entered the code and then they asked for my phone number so they could send me another code. I refuse to give them my phone number – And besides what if I don’t have a phone for text messages (i.e. old land line phone).
    I tried several times to get back on Facebook. At one point they even asked for a photo I.D. Why in the hell do they need this information just to post comments about pinball? I’m so glad PinSide don’t ask for this personal information.
    And the complaint goes on. I decided to sell some of my rebuilt MPUs on EBay. I had to re-open my PayPal account that’s been closed for years. Now they’re asking for my phone number. What is going on? They want my real name – address – phone number – bank account - photo I.D. – next they’ll want finger prints and DNA sample.
    Thanks for listening to my complaining.
    Bob

    Fake phone number apps. I always use the “text free” apps for phone numbers craigslist and such. I don’t give my real number till I meet in person or at least a successful deal is made.

    So far it’s worked well

    #15 7 months ago
    Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

    Fake phone number apps. I always use the “text free” apps for phone numbers craigslist and such. I don’t give my real number till I meet in person or at least a successful deal is made.
    So far it’s worked well

    So your sayin the number you gave me 1-708-GET-BENT wasn't really your Real number??? I knew it! lol

    #16 7 months ago

    I can tell you what you need to know to handle all of this and make money at the same time. It's too long to post here....I will give you a call.

    #17 7 months ago

    Facebook sucks ass big time. I wouldn’t give them any information and delete the account as soon as you can.

    #18 7 months ago
    Quoted from Yelobird:

    So your sayin the number you gave me 1-708-GET-BENT wasn't really your Real number??? I knew it! lol

    Hey, I paid EXTRA for that number! The best part of it is how easy and simple it is, all you need is a copy of your birth certificate, license plate and SS card! It’s THAT easy!

    #19 7 months ago

    I'll just add that Paypal functions like a bank, and indeed any Paypal accounts have to, at a minimum, be linked to a credit card. And many Paypal accounts are linked to checking accounts. I know that's how I transfer money in and out of my Paypal account. Forcing you to use a phone number when reactivating your Paypal account, means that it's less likely that a hacker or other criminal could fraudulently access your account. If a criminal gained access to your Paypal account they could do all sorts of bad stuff. Including ripping you and others off for thousands of dollars.

    Paypal requires all your personal information, just like a bank. And if Paypal didn't require identity verification, then Paypal could more easily be used for money laundering and a host of other illegal financial activities.

    It's not always a scam bob, sometimes requiring so much information is actually just to keep your data/money safe, and to stay within the confines of the law.

    #20 7 months ago

    Oh, and to everyone hating on Facebook. I get it, believe me. But there are A LOT of great pinball deals on there. And it's much easier to communicate back and forth with a seller/buyer on FB, than it is on CL, or even Pinside. And it's a lot easier to verify whether or not a seller/buyer/deal is a hoax or not. Since you can see the profile of whoever is contacting you through FB.

    Facebook was very handy when I was dating, and it was also really useful for communicating with my wife and family when I was in Afghanistan. Since I got back, I've barely used it, until I got into pinball that is. Now thanks to pinball, I'm on there a lot more, whether I like it or not!

    #21 7 months ago

    6 years ago I was on Facebook. I received a message from them saying they wanted to verify my name and that I would need to upload photo I.D to them for verification. Otherwise my account would be locked until I did so.

    I went into the paint program on my computer and clicked on the paintbrush and wrote "go fuck yourself Zuckerberg" in big black letters.

    I saved the file and uploaded it to Facebook. My account was banned shortly after. Never been back since.

    #22 7 months ago

    I don’t mind not being on Facebook. I just like to talk about (and read about) pinball.

    The part that upsets me is not being able to use PayPal. You can’t sell on Ebay without PayPal. I dropped PayPal years ago when they asked for my checking account number. My intentions were to use it like a small Ebay account. – sell a few things then buy a few things. I guess that’s out of the question now.

    As far as security is concerned – when you sign up why not just ask a few security questions that only you would know. Like your mother’s maiden name – what city were you born – your favorite pet’s name. I think they want my phone number to sell to spammers – like they use to do with e-mail addresses. You’ll be swamped with text messages selling all kinds of crap.

    I looked up temporary or false phone numbers. Has anyone used something like this?

    https://www.burnerapp.com/

    #23 7 months ago
    Quoted from DakotaMike:

    Forcing you to use a phone number when reactivating your Paypal account, means that it's less likely that a hacker or other criminal could fraudulently access your account. If a criminal gained access to your Paypal account they could do all sorts of bad stuff. Including ripping you and others off for thousands of dollars.

    That don't make much sense. If someone hacked your account they could easily give another phone number that they could access.

    #24 7 months ago
    Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

    Fake phone number apps. I always use the “text free” apps for phone numbers craigslist and such. I don’t give my real number till I meet in person or at least a successful deal is made.

    So far it’s worked well

    Please tell me more. How does it work? Where do you get your phone numbers? How much does it cost? Do you always keep the same fake number? Do you get a new number every month? How long does the number last? Can you turn off receiving calls from the fake number? Do you get spam from the fake number?

    I'm very interested in this.

    Thanks

    Bob

    #25 7 months ago

    It’s all about money and information.
    Sucks but that’s the world we live in now.
    Makes you want to cut the cord some days
    ::::::u know what I mean

    #26 7 months ago

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    #27 7 months ago

    Your number is easy to get, it's on toilet walls everywhere!

    #28 7 months ago

    You can call me or text and my number is 867-5309...
    Call anytime you get the urge.
    That's what I usually tell those people that have no business asking for my phone number.

    #29 7 months ago
    Quoted from oldschoolbob:

    That don't make much sense. If someone hacked your account they could easily give another phone number that they could access.

    Well, requiring a phone number would prevent a robot from being able to gain access, since a human has to read the verification text they send.

    But I really meant, going forward after linking your phone number, it would make it harder for someone else to access your Paypal account. Security questions don't work, because so many people forget the answers that they gave, and then the account has to be unlocked some other way and questions/passwords reset.

    Either way, it's always a good idea to think about whether or not to provide information to a website or service.

    #30 7 months ago

    It's about security and to help prevent scammers. I'm glad they do this. Most of my sales are through Facebook.

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