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[–]Gdileavemealone 8 points9 points  (0 children)

The identity theft guide the automod just spit up seems decent, but generally I agree with you. Stuff is getting slightly more complicated (ported phone numbers, skimmed PIN numbers resulting in BoA/WF denying fraud claims, even my nightmare scenario, people wiring ten of thousands of dollars in closing costs to the wrong account due to simple email fraud). And sometimes people need a lot more technical assistance, which may be outside the purview of this sub. (But then where does it belong?)

TL;DR, a lot more ways for the unwary to lose their cash these days. This is to say nothing of the damned Bitcoin scams.

[–]BALLSACK_Kentucky 2 points3 points  (2 children)

If this thread is the start of a guide, I would like to add a few gems;

1.) Use a google voice account as your phone number for your financial accounts where they only have SMS 2FA. Although the weakest, the best way to mitigate potential damages is to use a google voice account number for the financial institution to send you the code.

[–]Gdileavemealone 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Sincerely asking, how is this better than cell number?

Is it because you can firewall Google voice itself behind a non-SMS authenticator? (Have never used Google Voice, but am concerned about my PayPal account).

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