I can see the phone number method, but a lot of people do not have fax machines or scanners.
I was visiting the ABA DSS forums and I saw something interesting they are doing over there.
Some of their members are using an anti-fraud system called Trust Who.
In a nutshell, the TrustWho service verifies peoples identities by receiving faxed or scanned copies of photo ID and by verifying telephone numbers.
While this will certainly not prevent fraud, it does seem to me that people will be less likely to commit fraud if their real identities are known.
What do you think?
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TrustWho is owned and run by Markus Eikenberry, the owner of a lot of sites which deals with selling virtual currency which is illegal according to the EULA's of said games.
This guy has no morals. I tried to buy a game time code for a game I play. They called me up and asked for a colour-scan(Couldn't be black/white) of an utility bill and passport. That's like giving an identity thieve all your details.
Stay away from it. They are up to no good.
I won't use it, don't want my 'real name' reputation being messed up if I would make 1 little mistake once...
That's why I never use my real name/adress on the internet, just a little penny name (Nico Lawsons is it for Aquarezz)
And as said, maybe it's too risky doing this... and not that it is necesarry, but the site doesn't even have an ssl certificate...
dnforum has a similar method of verification - scan of utility bill, it's optional.
I think it can be a good idea, but unless this is a highly trusted entity I wouldn't do it.
I prefer to stay anonymous on internet. I'm just Desan.
But that is quite difficult, if you are using PayPal.
I would certainly not use something like this. This in no way can prevent someone from scamming or being scammed. People on internet are from different countries with different laws and just by sending your real documents to someone in a country far away from yours couldn't help much.
In fact, there is a risk that your ID is used for some illegal activity, then you could be in serious trouble.
I would 1000% stay away from such site. Though I have used my real info lots of times but I don't do that on sites like trustwho (Their design sucks BTW).
Well they are following an correct way in order to help others. Recently I had a spam of $100 in DP.