May 8th, 2007 10:13 PM
Safe to Disclose Your Gun's Serial #?
Why/why not? The reason I ask is because I've seen a few people obscure them when they post pics of their guns...
May 8th, 2007 10:18 PM
Usually done so that no one can claim it was stolen or run a search on the # to find where you live
May 8th, 2007 10:19 PM
Think of it as giving out your car's vitals such as VIN on a public forum. Along comes someone unscrupulous who describes the gun and the serial number reporting it stolen. Now you the rightful owner are in a spot where you need to prove you are the rightful owner. That is the reason I received when I asked about it a number of years ago.
Probably just an urban legend, but I do obscure the serial numbers when I post a gun photo just in case.
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May 8th, 2007 10:29 PM
I also obscure or alter SN's on my pics ........ it's one of those things that might cause a problem tho unlikely.
If you like - for those of us who cover it up - it's a CYA manouver Better safe than sorry maybe.
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May 9th, 2007 01:21 AM
Really it's likely not ever going to be a problem...but, we gun folks are normally extra wise, private, and cautious by nature so I guess that explains why I conceal my serial #s on my firearm pics.
I don't really see it as being a huge never~do~nono though.
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May 9th, 2007 01:18 PM
Better safe than sorry - don't give out any info that might come back to bite you.
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May 9th, 2007 01:41 PM
May 15th, 2007 09:54 PM
I agree, but I still wouldn't do so unless required by law.
Originally Posted by QKShooter
June 3rd, 2007 03:59 PM
It's more about common sense, than anything else. Well, "common" being a bit different than what it used to be.
Originally Posted by austinguy23
Info and identify theft being what it is, who knows exactly what can be done with a few of the "keys" to the kingdom. By far, it's best to take some simple precautions, such as:
- ID -- have a POBox as the address, not your home address. Why? If a BG gets hold of the driver's license or CHL, he now knows two things: where to find your family, and the fact that you're not there. Think about it. Sadly, Oregon state law requires the physical addr be there, despite the obvious risks to one's immediate security.
- Your car's ID's -- It's simple enough for someone to find that stuff while the car's parked somewhere, sure, but a person at a parking lot doesn't really know who you are. But if you publish the license and VIN over the internet, who's to say who now has access to that info, or what else they've got in-hand to combine with the new data?
- Copies of your cards -- How long would it take you to recover your driver's license, CHL, credit card(s), Medicare card, SocSec card, birth certificat, and so on? What about account numbers you've got on loans, the mortgage, etc.? Got copies offsite, secure? Most do, at least for some of the above; but many don't for the common stuff (like ID cards). Keeping a photocopy offsite can dramatically streamline the recovery process of getting replacements, if you can actually prove you're who you say you are.
- Paperwork -- Got shredder? Got burn barrel? No? Are you sure you know where your identifying names, addresses, SSN, serial numbers, account numbers, bank balances and other data goes once it has hit your trash can fully intact?
- Bank balances -- In the age of online banking, you can configure alerts to notify you of large transactions or low balances; you can check your balances or look for strange activity. Simple steps.
- Computer userid/password combinations -- Got copies of these offsite? If not, could you quickly replace them all? If not, what would that do to your accounts/transactions?
- Times/places -- In a rut? If you regularly take the same routes at the same times, you're a predictable target for someone who's chumming for opportunities. Mix it up, a bit. Vary the times, take the other car, go a slightly different route.
These and a few others are minor changes, easily implemented, that can make a big difference to the difficulty of crafting a plan to take what you've got. While not foolproof, these steps are easy to do and are merely a minor inconvenience.
You think any of the above isn't likely or doesn't happen, regularly? If so, then you need to speak with your local/regional law enforcement officers assigned to ID theft cases. It's gone from bad to hugely risky, for everyone. The above are minor steps, easily done, with little inconvenience other than small changes in how you go about doing the same old thing.
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