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One of the ongoing missions of this blog is to spread word of identity theft scams so my readers don’t fall for them. Today I want to mention some astrological transits that might signal vulnerability to identity theft and also to tell you about some inexpensive new ways of protecting yourself.
You may have heard on the news that thieves now have devices that can read credit card and banking numbers from a distance. For instance, they could park outside a Target store or near an ATM machine and pick up credit or debit card numbers or even insurance cards that people inside are carrying. This is a scary thought, but until now there hasn’t been a way to block them.
There is a slim, pocket-sized aluminum wallet that has room for 10-12 credit, debit, insurance, and ID cards. The aluminum alloy blocks electronic scanners from picking up anything that carries your information on a (RFID) chip. You can get these attractive wallets at Bed Bath And Beyond, Target, or Office Depot stores around the country, most likely at the cash register, for $10.99. You can also order them online for even less at http://alumawallet-blog.com .
You may also have heard that if you pay your bills by check, thieves can erase the amount and the name of the payee by using common household products, then substitute a much larger amount made out to their own names. At the grocery store checkout counter, I found a package of two gel pens for about five dollars with an ink that cannot be erased because it sinks into the fibers of the check. The product is the Uniball Signo 207 at 207 or http://uni-ball-na.com.
Just as I was preparing to write this piece this morning I also found something disturbing in USA Today. I assume I’m not alone in imagining that OnStar is a benign corporate entity devoted to protecting us and keeping us safe on the road – surely one of the last corporations to have our best interests at heart. Alas, my naïve fellow consumers, that is not the case.
Unbeknownst to us, OnStar has been selling private information about us gathered through their digital connections to our cars. They were forced recently to notify customers of this practice and of their privacy policies by e-mail, no doubt cloaked in unreadable legalese designed to discourage busy consumers from reading the material.
Here, from wired.com is a summary of the situation:
“OnStar said it does not sell the data, but reserves that right. And the company, with six million customers, said it will turn off the two-way communication between a former customer and the service upon request — though OnStar will continue to track former customers who simply cancel their account”.
(See the rest of the story here: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/09/senator-onstar-brazen-privacy-invasion/ )
Astrological Signatures Of Identity Theft
I have long believed that identity theft is related to both Uranus (computers and modern technology) and Neptune (fraud and deception). Uranus also represents our identity, in that it shows what is unique about us. Identity theft first came to our awareness and became a problem for the masses during the era when Uranus and Neptune were in mutual reception.
That is to say, Uranus was in Pisces – Neptune’s sign – while Neptune was in Aquarius – Uranus’ sign. That astrological condition went on from part of 2003 to part of 2010. (Before that, the two planets were both in Aquarius from 1998 to parts of 2003.)
What are some of the signatures you might look for in a chart to see if a person might be vulnerable to having their identity stolen? Although these same transits have many different interpretations and represent many possible events and situations, it is simply good sense to increase your protection against identity theft by becoming more watchful and cautious if you have any of these aspects coming up in your chart:
- Uranus or Neptune transiting the 2nd, the house of earned income, particularly if they’re aspecting natal planets in that house.
- Uranus or Neptune transiting the 8th, the house of debts, particularly if they’re aspecting natal planets in that house.
- Transiting Uranus or Neptune aspecting a natal planet in the 2nd or 8th.
- Transiting Uranus or Neptune aspecting the Sun, another indication of our identity.
No doubt, there are additional transits that could indicate a time frame in which we should be especially watchful and cautious.
Case Example: In 2004, I was briefly the victim of identity theft. No damage was actually done, because I realized the minute I sent an e-mail with the requested personal information (birth date, address, and Social Security number) that something was very wrong. I immediately contacted the company the request purported to be from and was told it was a scam.
That very night, I contacted the credit card companies and closed those accounts and reopened new ones. The very next morning I was at my bank when it opened and closed all my accounts there, reopening them with new numbers and new passwords. After watching all those accounts closely for several months, I breathed a sigh of relief. I subsequently signed up for LifeLock.
The reason this “non-event” was significant was because it made me realize that ANYONE who isn’t aware of these dangers can become a victim of ID theft. The experience sent me on my quest to inform readers about new scams as they arose. Oh, and it was my 15 minutes of fame because a local television station came out and interviewed me for their news program.
What were my transits at the time? Uranus in Pisces was on my South Node in the 8th house, which represents – among many other things – debt, credit cards, and other financial dealings where our own money is not involved. Natally, Uranus squares that node, along with Saturn and Venus, and so transiting Uranus was squaring that conjunction. In addition, Pluto in Sagittarius opposed my Mercury.
Readers, if you have seen the chart of anyone whose identity was stolen, please tell us in the comment section what the transits were. It would help all of us.
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More articles about identity theft on this blog:
- Fraud Alert for PayPal Users–Fake Account Statements sent by Identity Thieves
- NEW SCAM ALERT–Telephone Denial-of-Service Scam
- SCAM ALERT–Fake Antivirus Warning with Virus Attached
- Jury Duty Scam Alert
- Two New Spam Scams to Beware of
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