I was Hacked

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How I was scammed and robbed on steemit two days ago by a predator. In short I was tricked into giving my password to a fake steemit login window. I was suspicious at the onset but let my guard down because I was over anxious to find out who had just plagiarized my post. The baited reply said [ I notice that your post has been copied without your permission.]

After giving my password I felt something was wrong. I immediately called my son Paul @apolymask and told him what happened. He said "oh no you've been scammed"! It didn't take Paul long to know what to do," he said quickly go to your wallet and transfer your sbd to me". The $275 sbd was sitting there so I initiated the transfer as fast as I could but apparently it was too late because I received a broadcast error message and couldn't complete the transaction. They had already changed my password locking me out of my account. I went back to my wallet and noticed the $275 sbd was gone and had been transferred to @clementin . This all happened in about 3 minutes time.

It was very frustrating for me to see my stolen funds sitting protected in a criminals steemit account and being unable to do anything to stop a crime in progress. At the time I wondered where are the steemit police but unfortunately it looks like there aren't any. These crimes can become rampant when the authority is unable to prevent or stop it. Or having the resources to catch and lock these criminals in cages where they belong. The only avoidance of this I see at the moment is self protection through education. Learning what to do and what not to do.

After robbing me the thief used my blog to broadcast and bait others in an ongoing string of attacks. Paul spent the rest of the day counteracting and warning potential new victims every time the scumbags generated a new threat from my stolen account. This happened more than 40 times. Thank goodness steemcleaners were notified right away and immediately took action to shut down my account making it almost nonfunctional. After all this I guess these parasites didn't like being stopped by my son so they tried to trash my reputation by malicious flagging of other peoples blogs posing as @irvinesimages . However as a result a quick response my account has been recovered in less than 24 hours putting an end to the abuse. Here are a couple links that could be helpful.

https://steemit.com/steemit/@arcange/phishing-site-reported-steemiz

https://steemit.com/mapsters/@simplymike/got-hacked-here-s-how-to-get-your-account-and-reputation-score-back

Most of the mess has been cleaned up and we are back to normal, I wanted to let those who are interested know about what happened.
So wanting to change the energy from negative to positive I chose a very special image for today. One that will express peace and unity on the steemit platform, to promote good people working together for the common good of all.

Thanks to everyone who has helped out and I apologize to anyone who may have been harmed by my mistake.

This image is called Peaceful Essence.

dove moon 7x11.jpg

Greetings to all!

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Oh yes the security is something that has to be improved still,wishing the best to you,hold on

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mighty nice to hear from you ' thanks!

I'm pleased that you control your account and come back. I think steemit community take more steps to stop the phishing and scam.

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Thanks for caring, I think your right and that its easier and more effective to work on the problem with the community as a whole. If everybody was aware of the trap and nobody fell for it then the problem would mostly disappear.

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Ditto. Forgot to mention that.

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such a beautiful post and one that brought tears to my eyes. this is really what its all about. people like you and your son remaining good in the face of dark. thank you both for remaining yourselves: the men i admire so much on this platform. its an honor knowing you and my pleasure to hold a fundraiser in your name. im moving today but gave you a 100 u/v and resteem. my post re your situation will be coming within the next couple of days.

blessings,
eagle

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You are so kind and thoughtful, your words and efforts are very much heart felt. I want to give you a big thanks for everything you are doing and have done for me. THANKS Michael

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@irvinesimages you are very welcome!! hugs, eagle spirit

Hopefully folks can help build back your coffers... 100% upvote folks, it costs you nothing to help.

Glad you have control of your account back @irvinesimages!!! You’ll make that sbd back in no time with your amazing images!!

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Thanks a lot Jason for your support and such an encouraging compliment. I think you might be right.

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Sorry to hear about that hack, and I agree with what @jasonrussell said!

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Thanks for the consolation and words of encouragement, much appreciated.

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yes..all the best from me too..you will recover your lost sbd in no time..

Dear @irvinesimages,

Sorry to read your account got hacked and your funds stolen. I will resteem your post to show people how quick these scammers operate and how careful we all have to be.

I'm glad you also mention the amazing work done by the @steemcleaners team to block the scammer and hekp you to recover your account.

I also do my best to inform and educate people with my posts and warnings about phishing attempts. It's a non stop fight and unfortunately those crooks are always a few minutes ahead of us.

May your story be helpful to others.

Take care and Steem on!

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Thanks for your attention, and response. The resteem may help inform others. Education seems like the best form of prevention right now. I was wondering if its possible to do some kind of platform wide scam-alert? Like for example putting a message bar on every blog header.
Things are working out fine for me so I want to thank you for your tremendous efforts as well as steemcleaners who did a marvelous job and to any and all other soldiers of good will.

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Thank you arcange for helping us all out..

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thats my arcange, i heart him!

I am so glad that you have your account back..
let me just upvote and follow you so that i can contribute as little as i can..
Keep posting...

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I wouldn't let something like this stop me. Thanks for caring!

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Your welcome...
May you be very successful on this platform...

@irvinesimages it's great that your account was recovered but did you get you SBD back?

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Yes it's a big relief to have the account back but the sbd is gone. Thanks.

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@irvinesimages we know the steemit account also i guess we can find the wallet address, having all this information also we cant get it back

Please try steemchat once

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That' exactly right. Kind of sad isn't it.

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yeah !! Really bad @irvinesimages
I am Sorry for your loss

It is terrible this happened to you. I hope that others will see your post and are aware of the phishing dangers. I’m glad you have control of your account again but sympathize at having lost the sbd. No one should have to go through that experience.

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Sometimes learning can be expensive. It was a good lesson learned. I am moving forward with a great attitude and energy. I appreciate your fine input so thanks.

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You are spreading your peaceful essence on here @irvinesimages. I'm glad the incident didn't deter you from the platform.

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What a nice thing to say! Thank you for that. I like to finish what I start and I don't quit easy. This was a bump in the road and I see just smooth pavement ahead.

I am happy for you sir, you have your account back. there should really be a steemit police for future problems that we may encounter here on steemit.

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Thanks for your support and concerns. It seems like there must be some kind of creative solution on a mass scale.

That's a great shots my dear friend I appreciate your post and I'm like this your every post actually your every post photo just looking very extra ordinary and mind blowing ..I realize that your are a great photographer afbi wish you can.
Just it keep it up and carry on your activitives and I will wait for your next post..

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Thank you so much for taking an interest in my work. Your kind words and compliments made me smile. Thanks!

Woow !! Very high artistic value for fiction writers. It was the most beautiful and extraordinary moment. Very happy to enjoy her.

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Thanks as always to black horse. I'm glad you like it.

I am very happy that you were able to recover your account, I realized and I was worried, the same thing happened to a friend of mine. What a disagreeable situation. The image captivates me, it is very beautiful. I wish many successes and blessings for you.

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Yes things will be fine, thanks for caring and enjoying the doves. Greetings to you.

thats good now for you that you controlled fully on your acount @irvinesimages
but how you advice us to save us from these thieves and how they hacked your acount
was you save your password on your browser or on steemconnect or busy,org or any other reason for hacked your acount can you explain it sir because may be we will save our acount with your guides

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Yes it is, thanks for your comment.

Muy linda esta imagen amigo mio!

~ 💙🖤💙 ~

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Thanks and much appreciated.

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It must have been such a stressful situation ~ I am truly happy that things by now are back to normal ~ ✨ ~

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It was stressful but now there's relief. Thanks.

Thank you, you got your account back and reputation as it was before. Reputation takes hard work of several days to achieve.

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Hey thanks' your right it was a job and we got it done right away. Whew that was a trip. I appreciate your support.

Glad you have recovered your account.

I hope the generosity of this community will help you to partially recoup and start your operations again.

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Thank you for your support, and that's a nice idea, I don't expect anything but would gratefully accept some help.

hello, guys,
I have learned your hacking case.
It is very heartbreaking. Please keep your account.

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Yes but everything is fine. Thanks for your concern.

Sorry to hear that! Heard of that "post copied withouth your permission" scam, and now I see that unfortunately it is true. At least your account is back; wish you a fast recovery!

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Thanks for your concerns and the nice positive notes. We are all ready back to normal.

It's sad and frustrating when it happens, but I was especially bothered when I seen it was your name. I've been following you for quite some time and all your awesome photos and journeys.

I'm sure it's frustrating for sure but they can't take your beautiful work away from you. The SBD sucks but the community that loves your work here on Steemit will be sure to support you and keep following your awesome work.

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I'm just relieved that it wasn't worse and it easily could have been. I see it as a learning experience for myself and others. Life's good and I'm in the best of spirits. Thank you for your kind words, it means a lot.

OMG, that’s outrageous.

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i just hope the culprits get caught and punished for this..

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What can be done though?

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May they lose everything and go homeless..haha..they deserve it..

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😂😂🤞

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🙄🙀

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Thanks

Thank you for your useful words. You provided good information. It was a great help

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You are very very welcome.

This sounds terrible! Good you didn't wait but took immediate action! And a big shout out to your son for helping you out, let us all be warned on Steemit...

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You have it pretty well covered and I appreciate that. Thanks!

Welcome back. Thanks for the advice.

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Thanks and your welcome, hope it helps.

You did what!

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You heard me! Pretty nice mess eah!

I believe in karma, so these scammers and predators are not going to get away unpunished. God will deal with them accordingly. May the Lord replace all that you have lost, @irvinesimages.

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I agree but sometimes peoples bad deeds finally catch up to them. Thanks.

Sometimes we learn the hard way, always remember to never click any link in the comments you receive, never.

In the crypto space, security is your responsability from day 1.

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I will have to be careful as i am so new here...

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I could not agree with you more which is why we need educational awareness. I compare this to someone putting a warning flare on the roadway to caution approaching vehicles of an upcoming road hazard they may not see in time. There was no warning flare for me and I made the mistake. Thanks for the reply.

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hi

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Glad to see you have your back @irvinesimages. Did you get your 250 sbd back ?

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Thank you sir. That money is gone but I'm moving forward with renewed energy. So thanks.

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:( Best wishes <3

Omg what a crazy ordeal. Thanks for notifying us so we watch out for this scam. YIKES

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you are very welcome. Yes crazy stuff indeed.

thanx for warn us and share with us now i read the post of @arcange that you mentioned and also now i agreed the rules to use our only posting key

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Good I'm glad you found it and I hope it helps your security. thanks.

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Good I'm glad you found
It and I hope it helps your
Security. thanks.

                 - irvinesimages


I'm a bot. I detect haiku.

Yikes! I'm so sorry @irvinesimages — that really rots!

I'm glad you got things restored as much as possible; I'm glad you got good help. I know there are at least a couple of initiatives working to post instantaneous warnings when those phishing comments show up... but they are getting smarter all the time... some of the recent versions I have seen don't have an actual LINK, just a picture of the link so you have to type it yourself. Which makes these things super hard to detect...

Here's hoping you recover your losses quickly!

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Thanks the help was excellent. Thanks for telling me that people are working on real fundamental solutions, that's good news. We have to get rid of our vulnerabilities. That's what the crooks feed off of. I appreciate your concerns and thanks for the good wishes.

Glad you made it through to the other side! Love the image! Did you create it?

Edit: Let me rephrase that. Did you blend the images together or were you fortunate enough to experience this rare event?

Also, thank you for linking to the helpful infos :-)

This comment was made from https://ulogs.org

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Thanks' This photo was shot on film and is whats called a double exposure. That means the shutter is opened twice without winding the film. Once to capture the doves and once to capture the moon. There no second chances. This is as difficult as it gets because the birds are moving fast and its a split second reaction. I tried to create a special effect as art.

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I'm familiar with that lost art! I've never tried one. My dad was a film guy. I never could actually get it developed. Something about time and money at the same time. Makes me cringe to think about money ever being that tight. All the same, the digital age did come rescue me, somewhat. Taking photos just isn't my first thought.

So, the answer is yes to both. You did blend the images and you were there at that unique moment.

It's just not Photoshop!

One of the things that kept me from assuming Photoshop is the unique lighting on the doves. Double exposure yes. Photoshop, maybe, if the artist thought to try for that effect.

I'm assuming this is one of those days when the moon is out doing the day.

It is super impressive that the moon ended up in a near center space that was void of doves.

Congratulations on accomplishing this beautiful piece of art!

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The moon exposure was taken at night and your right about the birds spacing around the moon. I think it was perfection.

Awww Michael, I'm so sorry that this happened to you, but also thankful @apolymask knew what to do! There's a lot of it going around right now; phishing scams like this, flagging...mostly things where people have way too much time on their hands! Were you able to recover your sbd at all? I just feel sick for you!

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Hi Lynn, The quick response by Paul made all the difference it saved other people from the same grief. I'm very proud of his actions. The sbd is gone and appears unrecoverable at this time. Please don't feel bad. I got over it right away. I chose not to put the frosting on their cake. Thanks and take care.

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If anything good has come from all of this @irvinesimages, it's that your being used all over the place (and your post of course) as an example for others to learn from. I love how this community can really come together when it counts.

And from what I've seen, Paul has done plenty to make a dad proud ❤️

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That's it' we should focus on the good things not the bad and live accordingly. Your kind words go a long ways thank you.

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aww you are most welcome @irvinesimages ❤️

I am glad things got cleared up, and that you did not lose to much Reputation points, that is as hard to build as SP. Post is being resteemed to help spread the awareness around. It is a never ending fight for people, I wish there was a way that STINC could lock down an account, (block) all the bad accounts access until situations like this are resolved. Perhaps in the future they will be able to.

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Yes thanks' I only lost about .20 of 1 percent of rep not bad.What you just said is right on. I had the exact same thoughts and especially because the evidence at hand is inculpatory. There's good people working on it so I think a solution will be found.

The situation itself is very unpleasant and not because of money, but because of uncontrollable actions of crimes and the our helpless in such situations.
But dignity with which you came out of this situation, and your diligence mastering lesson, erases the entire negative sediment.
Only what left from the incident, is a lesson and joy from your return!
Resteem.

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You have a very positive view of this. I agree and the energy flow is also important.Thanks much for your input.

Tip!

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@irvinesimages anytime and pretty much anything for your M! within reason of course. LOL

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Precious Words!

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@irvinesimages i have to get your fundraiser going!! LOL

This will keep happening as there is money to be made and people can be careless. Steemit is the wild west and you have to look out for yourself. Happy to hear you got your account back

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I think you are right on the money. Its interesting how you reference the wild west because I live in Arizona USA which was part of the real wild west. Thank you.

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Unfortunately guns won't help you here ;) We have to impress on new users that they have to be very cautious. I know of a few people who have been caught out. There's so much money at stake

sorry this happened but glad you are sharing your story to educate newer users and to have some support from the community

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I felt responsible to try and right the wrong with the help of the community as you say. So thank you!

first rule of the blockchain
never, ever, no never, give out your keys.

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You are so right, I'm quite sure that I will never make that mistake again. You burn me once shame on you but you burn me twice shame on me.

upvoted and resteemed sir. sorry about what happened...thank God because you're back and God bless you and all the people who have helped you go through this sir.

It's not huge, but 100% vote given to help offset a few pennies of your lost funds. Sorry to hear about this. Resteeming to help share the warning.

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Good Job its much appreciated!

Oh God, I realized that comment. It's good that you have control of your account again and alert us about the situation. New users like me are not very inclined to this kind of details and we do not realize that it can be dangerous, thanks for the suggestion and be able to be active in any similar situation.

Keep posting your wonderful photos.

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You have a good attitude. Thanks and good luck to you on steemit!

You are a blessing to Steemit.
Sorry this happened to you.
I am resteeming to remind others to guard their passwords.

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Thank you so much and for helping to warn others, good move!

Nice to see you recovered your account so quickly.
The positive thing is that I found an exceptionally good photographer.

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Excellent! Thanks for the nice comment.

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Welcome.

I am so sorry this happened to you. You are certainly not alone. Damned scammers.

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Thanks, I share your sentiment exactly.

So glad that you were able to get your account back so quickly, sorry about the sbd. Shame that the funds that were taken can't be returned. There is a trail :( Looks like the community has got your back though.

Definitely resteeming this to make people aware and upvoted.

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I agree, the crooks need to be caught or at least be rendered ineffective by collective actions against them. Thanks for your help.

Pretty crazy. Cases like this are why we need flexible platforms with aspects of decentralization but not so much that recovery from hacks is impossible. Curious to see where the trade-offs will be. Resteemed for awareness.

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Pretty crazy is right, sounds like you have some good ideas. Thanks for the resteem that helps.

Sorry that this happened to you, and I'm glad you got back control of your account!
Just a little advice though, always look at one's reputation score before interacting with them. I've got a lot of annoying spams but fortunately, not once I have ever been scammed.
Hope that doesn't happen with you ever again.

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Thanks for your kind gestures and advice.

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I have suggested your post to @asapers for an upvote on this article.
Update: You have received an upvote from them :)

I am happy @steemcleaners heard the call. Glad to know that your account is back, misusage of identity is not something cool. Sorry about the funds though I couldn't help in time! BTW how did you get to change your password again?

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My son notified steemcleaners immediately, also I did account recovery. See the second link up above, @simplymike. Thanks for the consolation.

Hi @irvinesimages! You have received 0.1 SBD tip from @eaglespirit!

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I'm discovering "the dark side" of Steemit. Thanks for taking the time to write this.
"Sorry for your loss". Your loss, unfortunately, is helping Steemians (newbies) like me, if that's any consolation. 😔

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Thanks for the resteem. Thanks for your caring comments and the appreciation for helping others.

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You're welcome.

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Hey @wwwdotgotodotmu I was here earlier after my father left that comment and he called me and told me about it and I looked at it and told him it was a safe link and reminded him of some of the details about how links like google and others are probably fine. Yours is to a google app store, I haven't looked at the app myself so I can't say if the app is totally legit, but I've seen it around and being used by some people I know so I think it's probably alright.
After I told him the link was fine I had him go back and edit his comment, so.. I would suggest not to worry about it! The link is almost certainly fine, and the app is probably alright too.

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Thanks for clarification.

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I felt sorry for what happen to you and your steemit account. And at the same time, I am grateful that you share this horror story most people do not want to disclose.
Your useful though of providing pertinent links for help in the event of such incidence happen to anyone is much appreciated.
May you be wiser and advance to a higher level in Steemit
Cheers

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Thanks I appreciate you telling me that. I'm trying to help prevent other peoples losses. I think there is some success.

Glad you got your account back!

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Thank you, big relief.

HEY how did you get your account back if they had locked you out?
I am gad you got it back and I would like to be armed with that knowledge.

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I did it through simply mikes account recovery link shown above. I still had my password and sign-up e-mail to prove it was originally my account. Thanks.

Thanks for sharing your experience, it would be helpful for many steemitians, I'm sorry for your loss. Hope steemit would look forward to make it more secure.

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Your welcome, I hope we helped others. I think some people are working on the problem. Thanks for the kind words!

@irvineimages....I am sorry to hear that you went through such an ordeal....happy you got it sorted.....thank you for sharing your story. It is sad to know that there are people out there who see nothing wrong with robbing people of their hard work....keep pushing on. I implore everyone to be as cautious as is humanely possible.

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I agree, it takes a shallow conscience to think that stealing gives value to their worthlessness. Thanks for your kind words.

Great to see your account has been recovered.

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Thanks for your comment.

WOW, just read this from a resteem.
Sorry to hear it happened to you, and grateful you shared so as we call all learn to be cautious.
I also would of probably clicked to satisfy my curiosity... Its disappointing that people use their creativity to dupe other people rather than looking at ways to improve others lives.

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Honesty has brought me the best things in life. These people have empty hearts and souls so to bad for them. Thanks for the words of consolation.