Excellent article on The Smoking Gun this week about a group of Internet pranksters is well worth the read. If only to remind yourself that, in the circumstance that you are ever asked to do or reveal anything that seems illegal or dangerous or otherwise odd, take a second and think before you act.
- If someone has called you asking you to do something or reveal information, ask for their name and tell them you’ll call them back. Do NOT use the number they provide; instead, call the number of the company from which they claim to represent.
- Check credentials.
- Never give out personal information without knowing exactly who you are giving it to.
- When in doubt, call the police. They’re usually a pretty good last resort, if nothing else.
Pranksters — young and old — and scammers rely on your gullibility and instinctive reactions more than anything else to succeed. Take those away, and these sad little people will eventually with and die.