Has anyone gotten a PM from someone and wondered if it was an identity thief?

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in Policy and Style by Susan Forman G2G Crew (770 points)

1 Answer

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If you are not certain about a message (spam or other unwanted email) you can use the link in the body of the message where it says...

''' If the message looks like bulk e-mail spam please delete the comment from the profile and forward this to info@wikitree.com immediately.'''

by Guy Constantineau G2G6 Pilot (351k points)

The issue is I assumed it was legit, and answered from my email account.

The following was sent via the private messaging system on WikiTree.com.

Hi Susan, Mary Collins/Leddy was my grandma's great Aunt. Mary's Brother Thomas Joseph Leddy was my grandma's grandfather. I have some information on the Leddy side about their life in Cincinnati. Thank you, Mike Muraski

This message is from Mike Muraski (mdmuraski@gmail.com). Click here for their WikiTree profile:http://www.WikiTree.com/wiki/Muraski-3

The sender was on this profile page when they sent the message: http://www.WikiTree.com/wiki/Collins-8852



My suggestion is ''always reply via the Wikitree Private Message System''.
Interesting - why do you think that this is an identity theft attempt?

I would be concerned if someone asked me for information on a living person.  At least in this case, the person he is asking you about died in 1879.  

Also - he is actually offering information, rather than asking you about sensitive information.  

It seems like you could be OK if you keep your discussion to his Leddy family connection to Patrick Collins.  Unless I'm missing something, there doesn't seem to be much of an identity theft risk if you exchange information about this very specific topic.

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