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post #1 of 7 Old 11-15-2006, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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Paypal phishing heads up

I have had phishing scams trying to get my Paypal password in the past and they have been easily identified as frauds due to the grammatical errors. I forwarded the messages to [email protected] and they have been confirmed as fraud. I recieved one the other day that met all of the official Paypal criteria and was well constructed except for the address bar when I clicked on the link. Just an FYI, any e-mail you recieve from Paypal concerning your account should be forwarded to [email protected] for verification. Murphies law dictates that your account will get locked due to fraud just when you need it the most.
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-15-2006, 02:33 PM
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I neve open an e-mail from e-bay or paypal. If I get one I got to their site to see if it is them.

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post #3 of 7 Old 11-15-2006, 03:49 PM
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Yep. Always go straight to the Paypal or Ebay Website. Never click on any links from an email.

I once made the mistake of clicking a fake Ebay email. It took me to a page that said for security purposes, I needed to log into my paypal account. That didn't sound right so I closed that window and went directly to Ebay and logged on. Sure enough there was no sign of it.

I didn't give out my username or password so I was safe but I did make the mistake of reporting it to Ebay and Paypal. About an hour later, I got an e-mail from both proudly stating that THEY had detected possible fraud and had locked out my account. I was pretty pissed. I sent them a nasty e-mail asking them exactly what kind of morons they had working there and said that if that's the same type of logic they use for security, it's no wonder they get cracked continually. They wouldn't have found jack if I hadn't told them about it. They even locked my account once after I changed the password! I do that quite frequently because I'm a little paranoid. Sometimes I wonder about them and their odd lines of reasoning. One fellow KLRist managed to get his paypal account closed for accepting payment for some sort of gun accessory. Not a weapon mind you but a sling or something like that. I'm certain that Ebay employees are aliens. They know our languages and can mimick us but they don't really get it.

If you do accidentally give out a password, you of course need to report it but I wouldn't recommend reporting the scams you catch because they will lock you out of your account and it's kind of a pain to go through all the BS to change your passwords and such.
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post #4 of 7 Old 11-16-2006, 10:38 AM
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I like to fill out the info they ask for with curse works, like "eatmysh!tscammer", and the like.
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post #5 of 7 Old 11-16-2006, 11:20 AM
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this is the one I got the other day

You've added an additional email address to your PayPal account.

If you don?t agree with this email [email protected] and if you need assistance with your account,

please click here to login to your account.

To make sure you can use your PayPal account the next time you make a purchase,

all you need to do is confirm or not your email address.

If your email program has problems with hypertext links,

you may also confirm your email address by logging in to your account.

Thank you for using PayPal!

The PayPal Team


Please do not reply to this email. This mailbox is not monitored and you will not receive a response.

For assistance, log in to your PayPal account and click the Help link located in the top right corner of any PayPal page.


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post #6 of 7 Old 11-17-2006, 06:43 AM
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Yes this scam almost happened to me. I had to close my Pay Pal account. and alert the three credit bureaus to put fraud alert on my credit. Fortunately for me the scammers did not get in. The unfortunate thing is that now that I do not have or do Pay Pal it it excludes me from any quick buy now good deals for toys for my KLR. Just wish the laws were stiffer for them when they get caught.

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post #7 of 7 Old 11-17-2006, 10:52 AM
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Our penalties are quite stiff. The problem is that the scammers operate outside our jurisdiction. Different places and cultures have differnt values. Some places would no more prosecute an internet scammer than a westerner would send a woman to the gallows for exposing her ankles in public. It's one of the Catch-22s of the global economy.
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