That’s right, hackers, this is a no-strings-attached free gift from AOL to you, their nifty hackers – hack into as many free AOL accounts as you want and some of them will be yours to keep, free-of-charge, FOREVER. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – get’m NOW before other hackers lift all the free AOL accounts for you!
The only catch? Once AOL learns a free AOL account is compromised, it will be “blocked” for about the same length of time: forever. I imagine AOL might delete it.
But hackers: Don’t let AOL’s silly account deletion stop you!
Even if you must stop using a hacked AOL account after a while, just think – the original account owner can never have it back, either. As in NEVER!
Not even if it was a paid account from, say, 1991, with tons of personal information and thousands of emails that got converted into a supposedly more headache-free free AOL account.
Not even if the owner of the hacked account gives every proof of payment and identity possible to AOL. You can’t lose!
To ensure my accuracy, here’s Randolph:
How to Make Hacked Free AOL Accounts Your Own
OK. So a month ago (around July 20-30) I was signed offline on my AOL account on AIM. I couldn’t get back on. Tryed to reset my password and its telling me all my security answers and information is invalid. I phone AOL’s Customer Service line. They transfer me to AOL’s Fraud Department. I tell them the story, they “block” the account from anyone accessing it. They asked me to send in 2 forms of documentation stating I am the original owner of the account. A drivers license and a bank statement showing when I was last billed for AOL, on it.
Now. Keep in mind. This is a Free AOL account. It was converted into a Free AOL from a Paying AOL in 2006-2007 when the Free AOL Program launched.
So we phone (also went to) the bank and ask them to look up the account that’s tied to the AOL account. It’s a checkings account that has been closed for several years now. They want to charge us $6 per page to go back in time because a agency has to go through the account or something like that. So $20 total, they get the statement in a matter of 1-2 weeks and ask us to come pick it up at our local bank (branch). We go to Staples, made a copy of the drivers license and a copy of the bank statement, faxed it in.
Next day. We call up AOL’s Fraud Department and speak to a Customer Representative who can barely speak any English what so ever. Make a long story short: they are telling us they need the Debit card, that was attached to the checkings accounts, number [so now we need to] fax in a document written by the bank, signed by the bank, with the debit card scanned or typed out on the paper. This was when I knew AOL really has lost it.
We aren’t able to obtain that AT ALL. The card was shredded YEARS ago and when we went to the bank, they all looked at us funny and even the customers on line behind us said “no that can’t be possible”…..like we were crazy! The bank even said the 2 forms of ID we previously sent should be ENOUGH. MORE THEN ENOUGH.
Fast forward to today actually just now: I call AOL’s Fraud Department. I get an American Customer Representative. She tells me straight up answers.
Quote – AOL Fraud Telephone Conversation
Me: What am I suppose to do if I can’t get that debit cards information?
Her: I don’t know what to tell you. It’s a standard procedure to protect the owner of this account. (me obviously)
Me: So let me ask you this. If someone makes a Free AOL account at http://aol.com, how do they get their account back if its compromised?
Her: They can’t, they have to sign up for a new one.
My jaw dropped. I couldn’t believe what I just heard. That’s when I just said OK and hung up.
I am BEYOND disgusted with AOL.
I filed a Internet Crime Complaint @ ic3.gov in an attempt hoping to get somewhere.
Please post any ideas/suggestions/comments relating to this. Thank you for reading.
Craigs List (my reader’s handle, not the website) Randolph (see comment below) for the heads-up.