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Join Date: 10/12/2016

Hi dough,

Most people are hiding their control numbers out of an abundance of caution. Here’s a possible scenario I could see a scammer using- He hacks a few systems and gathers enough information about someone to cold-call the ATF, give them some of the information (like the full control number), say the rest was lost when their house burned down/ex-wife shredded it during the divorce/make up a reason and completes their phishing expedition by asking the ATF to either mail them a ‘replacement’ Form 1/4 or deactivate/invalidate the current one (for kicks). I know that’s a stretch for a scammer when they can just build their own stuff and screw the paperwork- but it might not be that outlandish a proposition to a person wanting to punish/hamstring someone else.

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