I accidentally gave my name and address to a scammer. What can I do? Is that bad? What can they do with that information?

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    I can look your name and address up in a phone book. It's public info. Don't be too worried if that's the only info you gave out. – DA. Jan 17 '16 at 2:19

You encountered a quite common scam: You are supposed to perform a job, they send you a check for too much money, and you are supposed to pay them some money back. Ten weeks later the check bounces and your money is gone.

That's these people's job. They do this all day long. The success rate isn't very high, so they are busy doing this all day. These scammers might have your name and address, but if that is all there is, they can get names and addresses of 100s of people by using the phone book, and they don't.

I wouldn't say that it is impossible to turn your name and address into money, but it is hard work. So it is quie unlikely to happen.

  • Yeah I know I was half asleep when it happened but just taking precautions haha – user36537 Jan 17 '16 at 1:33

First off how do you know if they are indeed a scammer?

What can they really do with that?

Well it depends on the scammer's skill and sophistication.

Ideally with your name and address, they would probably send you mail that attempts to scam you. For example, they might send you a check but will require you to do something in order to receive that money.

If this scammer is very sophisticated they can get your life's story with that information alone.

  • It's a babysitting scam where the scammer sends me a check and gives me a reason to send the money to someone and the check declines but with my address they can't find my life story so I think I'm good – user36537 Jan 16 '16 at 2:13
  • Well from what I know.. A sophisticated scammer can learn your life's story with just the information you gave out... But for your sake I hope your right! – NuWin Jan 16 '16 at 2:32
  • I'm 17 I don't have a life story just was worried more about like if they'd try to come to the house – user36537 Jan 16 '16 at 2:34
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    If you are sending and forwarding checks, I'd be more worried that you might be a scapegoat that gets the rap instead of them if law enforcement gets involved. – JohnFx Jan 16 '16 at 2:56
  • @user36537 I've had something similar happen, but it was the scammers that want your bank account information to send a check from some place. Never give them your bank account, otherwise you will lose money you can't get back (glad it didn't happen to me). – dakre18 Jan 16 '16 at 7:50

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