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ARE YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS IN CRIMINAL HANDS?

Every day the personal details of millions of potential victims of Identity Theft are bought and sold by criminal gangs on the internet. The Lucid Intelligence database contains the details of in excess of forty million people worldwide who have had their personal information compromised by criminals in this way.

Lucid Intelligence Ltd is the ONLY company that actively identifies such criminal activity and makes it available to the public by way of a FREE search. Whilst we cannot repatriate your data we can tell you what information the criminals have exchanged about you and demonstrate how you can protect yourself against Identity Theft.

As referred to by BBC Radio 4 on 20 May 2009:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/youandyours/items/02/2009_20_wed.shtml
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#1
Strange thing.....upon clicking Launch search it asks to type the two words in the Image verification. I typed these incorrectly and it still let me search for something......Any ideas?
#2
dont go near it all you need is anyone getting any of your details


singer
#3
singer;5518339
dont go near it all you need is anyone getting any of your details


singer


You make a fair point, but it has all the hallmarks of a perfectly genuine operation. BBC Radio 4's consumer programme You and Yours did a piece on it in May:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/youandyours/items/02/2009_20_wed.shtml
#4
i personally wouldnt give mines out m8 , but everyone to their own really , i may just be too security conscious

cheers singer
suspended#5
No criminals got my data!

(he says, wondering if he just changed all that)
#6
hai2410
No criminals got my data!

(he says, wondering if he just changed all that)


It's interesting that the security cert on the site was setup on 19/5 and R4 ran the story on 20/5. They found out about that one pretty quick eh? Being a suspicious sort I suspect R4 of testing how dumb people are with their personal details. Paranoia, it protects :lol:
#7
So I give my enter my details on the site and ............... wait for them to be used? :)
#8
I took the plunge...apparently im clean...
#9
hmmmm makes u wonder indeed
#10
Delveh
Strange thing.....upon clicking Launch search it asks to type the two words in the Image verification. I typed these incorrectly and it still let me search for something......Any ideas?


i tried this too and it let me in....... think ill give it a miss, sounds dodgy :whistling:
#11
No contact details listed on their website :whistling:
#12
r1kkster;5532941
No contact details listed on their website :whistling:



https://www.lucidintelligence.com/faq-aboutus.php

Full details of the people behind it - it doesn't look remotely like a scam.
#13
I also thought this was a scam but I’ve checked the company at Companies House, they’ve been around since April 2007, I think it is legit and have to say I like having a way to check what is out there about me.

I think that the verification check is just to ensure that the search is being done by a person not by a computer - as per the terms and condition when you start a search. I did a search on why it accepts incorrect spelling and apparently that is the way it is meant to work
http://wiki.recaptcha.net/index.php/FAQ#reCAPTCHA_is_accepting_incorrect_words
#14
I wouldn't trust it for several reasons "Find out who we are Meet the public face of Lucid Intelligence" You click this and you see a decription of 2 individuals with a blank face drawing lol.

There is no address listed anywhere on the website either.

It also feels ironic entering your details to find out if your details are in criminal hands.
#15
I am not sure whether they are doing anything more than using Google to search the internet for your details.

Telling parts, on the home page:

Every day the personal details of millions of potential victims of Identity Theft are bought and sold by criminal gangs on the internet. The Lucid Intelligence database contains the details of in excess of forty million people worldwide who have had their personal information compromised by criminals in this way.
This means that they are actually probably just going through random places on the net, dodgy places, to find out if your infomration is there - or they got a few databases from these people. (Hopefully legally without paying them!!).


Second part, is in the FAQ -

Where does the data come from?

All of the data in the Lucid database has been in criminal hands and made available on the internet. It comes from sources as disparate and familiar as bulletin boards or chatrooms. Additionally, it comes from ftp sites, which are the virtual street corners where trades for data sales are completed. Sometimes files are made available as downloads from websites posing as marketing sites. These sites are often a one-stop shop for spam and phishing operators. Some of the data has been obtained by “social engineering”. These are carried out by highly skilled operators who engage with the criminal and who effectively “scam the scammers”.


In other words, its just from the net...nothing special there.



There five steps to protect yourself is the biggest giveaway..:

5 quick, simple and free steps to protect yourself....
Step 1: Do a free Lucid ID theft search:
Step 2: Google yourself and set up a Google Alert: (of anything related to yourself such as your name etc)
Step 3: Get a free credit report (Experian and the like...)
Step 4: Get Identity Theft protection from your card issuer or insurer (lots of cards have that inbuilt)
Step 5: Protect your computer (A/V and A/S firewalls etc).

So really this is just another group your giving your information away to for no real reason.

You would probably be better off keeping a vigilant eye on your bank and card statements, and ever so often typing your name into google and see what comes up (As these forums and the like where the information is, is probably cached by google anyway).
#16
On the internet, paranoia is a survival trait, so people are right to be suspicious. However that said, I can confirm that this is a genuine site run by a retired policeman who is personally known to me. The information does not come from googling, but is sent in by large numbers of people like me who are involved in actively trying to make life difficult for scammers.

You guys need to understand that whilst your e-mail address may be useful to spammers, it is of little value to anyone else unless they have your password; likewise just your first and last name on their own are of little value unless the scammer also has your address, birthday, mother´s maiden name etc. If the site throws up additional details for you, you are at risk and should change any passwords, bank accounts, credit cards etc.

Once the site becomes better known, it will prove a very useful to anyone who thinks that their personal details may have fallen into the wrong hands.

I had reason to use it last week and in spite of my suspicion, it would appear that my identity was stolen by a dustbin diver rather a successful phish since the information is limited.

OC
#17
Old Coaster
On the internet, paranoia is a survival trait, so people are right to be suspicious. However that said, I can confirm that this is a genuine site run by a retired policeman who is personally known to me.


Well that's ok then.

And you are??????

:whistling:
#18
Old Coaster
On the internet, paranoia is a survival trait, so people are right to be suspicious. However that said, I can confirm that this is a genuine site run by a retired policeman who is personally known to me. The information does not come from googling, but is sent in by large numbers of people like me who are involved in actively trying to make life difficult for scammers.

You guys need to understand that whilst your e-mail address may be useful to spammers, it is of little value to anyone else unless they have your password; likewise just your first and last name on their own are of little value unless the scammer also has your address, birthday, mother´s maiden name etc. If the site throws up additional details for you, you are at risk and should change any passwords, bank accounts, credit cards etc.

Once the site becomes better known, it will prove a very useful to anyone who thinks that their personal details may have fallen into the wrong hands.

I had reason to use it last week and in spite of my suspicion, it would appear that my identity was stolen by a dustbin diver rather a successful phish since the information is limited.

OC



Don't make us laugh,get up earlier next time
#19
I cannot decide whether you guys are lazy or ignorant. I am very surprised that with one notable exception no one has actually done any research.

It is extremely easy to establish beyond any reasonable doubt that Lucid Intelligence is a real organisation.

Firstly, it states it is
Registered with the UK Information Commissioner's Office as a Data Controller
Data Protection Act compliant.
A limited company registered at UK Companies House Number (06232178).


So go to the ico.gov.uk website and check it out. It exists and there iis an address to write to at Shepperton Marina.

Now look at the whois. There is a name (one of the people behind Lucid Intelligence) and an address at Shepperton Marina.

Finally go to wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk and check the company exists. It does and is at the address in Shepperton Marina, Not only that, but it has filed accounts with all of the hassle that involves.
The company is real!!!!

Now to establish whether it is offering a real service or is it trying to scam you? A few moments of joined up thinking should set you straight here.

To start with, it is registered with the data protection controller and databases of this type are looked at fairly carefully. It has clearly convinced the authorities that it is genuine.

Next it is using a secure sockets layer connection to the internet. Now in six years, I have seen a few sites where this connection was obtained by deception, but these are very rare and do not last long as my friends over at aa419.org take particular delight in closing them down very fast.

And lastly, what information are they trying to wheedle out of you? You need to think to what use a first and a last name can be put. On their own they are pretty useless. How many Peter Smith's do you know? Secondly an e-mail address even when linked to a a first and last name is not much use without a password unless you use a password that is easy to guess. Even a name, first line of address and e-mail address are not much use on their own.

However if I can tie them in with passwords, bank account details, credit card details etc, you are toast. This site is designed to allow you to check whether sensitive information of this type is circulating around the criminal networks that infest the web. If you are in the list, then you need to close your bank accounts and credit cards, change all your passwords and generally lock down everything.

I would suggest that this is a real service to people who are concerned that through their own lack of knowledge, they may have responded to a phish or released personal information onto facebook or any other social site.

Who am I? Just google me. (I am not the fairground attraction! :)) For confirmation send me an e-mail when you have identified me and that will prove it is the real me. If I have made you laugh, good, but "in the country of the blind, the one eyed man is king"! I do hope your mirth is based on knowledge rather than arrogant stupidity.
#20
Old Coaster
I cannot decide whether you guys are lazy or ignorant.


Lazy in my case:thumbsup:
#21
Then I will not be getting an e-mail from you very soon then :cry:
#22
Old Coaster
Then I will not be getting an e-mail from you very soon then :cry:


Nope, you can send me one if you want though :lol:
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