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Criminals use sites like Ancestry to find Mothers maiden name
« on: Thursday 21 July 16 18:32 BST (UK) »
Often one of the security questions by banks is to ask for Mothers maiden name.Friends have been caught out when a card was used and by finding a maiden name were able to access account in one of thevHigh St. Banks.Idont know the full story but it now seems so easy to get this info which I'm sure we have all used in the past.
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Re: Criminals use sites like Ancestry to find Mothers maiden name
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 21 July 16 18:45 BST (UK) »
As people have mentioned before there is no onus on you to use the correct maiden name.
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Re: Criminals use sites like Ancestry to find Mothers maiden name
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 21 July 16 18:49 BST (UK) »
As people have mentioned before there is no onus on you to use the correct maiden name.
Or date of birth.

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Re: Criminals use sites like Ancestry to find Mothers maiden name
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 21 July 16 19:05 BST (UK) »
That's why I never use mother's maiden name. First pet, every time!
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Re: Criminals use sites like Ancestry to find Mothers maiden name
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 21 July 16 19:39 BST (UK) »
As people have mentioned before there is no onus on you to use the correct maiden name.

Well David...there's a thing...why do the banks NOT tell us that & not change their questions for our bank security to something else....not expecting YOU to answer that...an indirect question?

Maybe your 1st pet's name, your 1st teachers name, your favourite colour...ANYTHING that Joe Bloggs would not know or be able to find out  ???

Technology has come so far, you would expect banks to be right on top of it  ::)

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Re: Criminals use sites like Ancestry to find Mothers maiden name
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 21 July 16 19:46 BST (UK) »
Mothers maiden name  is an extremely bad security question.

I refuse to  recognise it as a security question,   it is so  weak.
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Re: Criminals use sites like Ancestry to find Mothers maiden name
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 21 July 16 19:50 BST (UK) »
My bank doesn't use maiden names, perhaps it found in this day and age that too many were the same as the customer's name! To get into my account I need a user number, password and then a memorable word or phrase where they just ask for 4 certain letters eg 4th, 7th, 8th, 10th - this sequence changes each time. If I contact my bank they ask for letters from this phrase.

As we know it is easy to find mother's maiden names from various sites in a matter of seconds.
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Re: Criminals use sites like Ancestry to find Mothers maiden name
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 21 July 16 19:54 BST (UK) »
Most banks don't use mother's maiden name alone. And even if they ask for it you don't have to guve the correct one. My husband wasn't even sure of his mum's maiden name so gave someone mine ,but then we had to remember that's what he'd done. Many years ago now.They've begun to ask for first pets name or type of car,or even where were you born.
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Re: Criminals use sites like Ancestry to find Mothers maiden name
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 21 July 16 19:55 BST (UK) »
Some people  may have their mothers maiden name   as their own MIDDLE name.
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