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Thread: Another Phishing Scam

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    Another Phishing Scam

    I got an email this morning supposedly from PayPal. Since it went to my junk folder I was suspicious. It wanted me to verify my identify. It said there had been some unusual activity on my account. I logged in to my PayPal account and everything looked OK. I called PayPal just to be sure and they verified my account was ok and this was a fraudulent email.

    Here's this kicker. The email looks exactly like one from PayPal. It has your name on it and even has their phone number to call. But if you hover over the from address it will not say PayPal. It says "service @231asccw, etc." and give a bunch of letters and numbers. PayPal's address is [email protected] DO NOT click on this email to go the PayPal.
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    I have seen this scam also. I also get those DHL, UPS etc emails saying I have a package.
    The latest one is that I have a court appearance in New York City. I have never been there and I doubt the court system sends out such things.

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    I know what you mean. I have been "evicted" 3 times now!!! And I own my home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yngldy View Post
    I know what you mean. I have been "evicted" 3 times now!!! And I own my home.
    LOL I bet you were shocked! haha
    Everyone is born right handed, only the gifted overcome it.
    I have already committed my felonies, so people don't have to worry. (Russell Means)
    I swear to you, I am guilty of only being Indian. That's why I am here. (Leonard Peltier)
    “If you can’t see a mistake from 12 feet away, it doesn’t exist, and there are no perfect quilts and that helps a lot,” .......Greg Biornstad

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    I haven't got this one yet. But I have been getting one every 4 days or so that's supposedly from the USPS. Doesn't even spell out United States Post Office. The email says they have tried to leave a package for me and couldn't. All I had to do was click on the button in the email and confirm my address. I hovered over the address too, the first two were from the UK and the second two were from Australia. Now I know the post office is running their budget in the red, but I don't think they would outsource their delivery problems to the UK and Australia! I just deleted them. But it gave me a good laugh.
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    Scams and phishing abound. I accidentally answered the phone the other day without looking at caller ID and some far away fellow was telling me there was something wrong with my windows PC. I said "interesting because I have a MAC". Click!!!
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    School is out; let the scam emails begin with a vengence!
    I don't even *have* a paypal account and I get these emails.
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    I like the ones that tell you have bought something you haven't making you think someone is using your account but they want you to click their link to check your account instead of open a new browser, they can be so sneaky
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    I got those last month- I do not have a PayPal acct. But this months scams are notices from dozens of credit card companies. Due to my failure to pay they are gonna hunt me down and make me pay. Then e/mails from 'outfits' that will help me refinance my over due CC's . The only credit card I ever had was at Singer's Machine's and Fabric. They went out of business in 1978 and already a bona-fide member in my Local Chapter of Fabriholics I charged an awful lot at the close out sale's. My bill was paid in full within 60 days of their closing. I still use the sewing machine and I still have a lot of the fabric. OMG does this mean my goodies are vintage or antique's now?? It does not matter I still love the machine and the fabrics.

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    I've had that same phone call several times about my computer , that there were some severe problems with it and finally told the gentleman on the other end, Why don't you get an honest job? I hope he can't get into my computer now , because if he could., �� I'm sure I would really have some problems with it

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    We constantly get phone calls about our credit card...we pay in full every month so there is no reason for the call. We just hang up. Also get calls starting, "If you are a senior citizen"...blah blah blah, ads for hearing aids, walk-In bathtubs, etc. etc. What happened to the no-call list???

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    PayPal phishing Scam

    PayPal provides an email address so that you can forward phishing emails: [email protected]

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    Quite a few years ago I had done several balance transfers from Credit cards at 0%, no fee, and put the money in the bank. This was back when banks were paying about 5% interest. After a while I would get phone calls saying, "looks like you have a lot of credit card debt - we can help you lower your interest rate." I would say, "Oh? how much lower than 0% can you go?"

    click.

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    I got this. Did not open it. Deleted it. I figured it was a scam.

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    You wonder how they keep coming up with new ones. I have been getting them for years telling me that I have won lotteries. I haven't bought tickets in years. Especially ones overseas. I have just got where I delete all that look suspicious. Most of these places wouldn't send you an email. Oh the latested is from the FIB telling me that if I don't get them the information they need I will be charged with money laundering. The FBI would just arrest me if they thought I was doing that, so how do they keep getting away with these things. The FBI should go after them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
    Scams and phishing abound. I accidentally answered the phone the other day without looking at caller ID and some far away fellow was telling me there was something wrong with my windows PC. I said "interesting because I have a MAC". Click!!!
    I got this one and the paypal one along with the USPS one. All on the same day. Hope they are done for a while.

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    If you haven't ordered anything don't open it up. I've gotten e-mails from different scammers also. I do know when I order anything and if or not I have an account. If in doubt don't!

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    Be careful. I had the same thing happen. Being in the IT department I knew better than to open the links. I contacted PayPal and they confirmed that it was a scam. About a month later I got an automated call from PayPal saying there was a suspicious charge for my account for 150. I confirmed that I didn't make it and they said they'd investigate (well the automated call said they'd investigate). I got off the phone and went up to PayPal and there was 5, 150 charges to Sony. I disputed them right away and changed my password right then. I tried to email them to see if anything was being done and was told to log onto my account to check. Every time I tried to log on it wanted me to confirm my credit card numbers, which I wasn't going to do. First thing Mon morning I called my bank and cancelled my account because if any charges go thru they'll pay them and then charge me 30 each. This would have put me out a total over 1000 for charges to the bank and PayPal. Then pay pal sent me an email saying they couldn't process the charges because my account had been closed and they could see where I disputed the charges but couldn't stop them from going to bank. Bull, I know better than that. It took a week for them to agree that I didn't make the charges but I will never go back to them because of the way they handled the whole thing and not letting me have access to my acct info unless I verified my cards. That would have been so stupid on my part since they already had part of my account numbers there was no way I would have kept them. Now, I got my FB account hacked into from someone in Argentina, they immediately locked down my account until I confirmed it was or wasn't me and then also said if I used the same password and log on for other accounts on line I should change them. Yes, I used the same log on info for PayPal. Now all of my accounts have new passwords. I never click on a link that supposedly goes to an account, I'm smarter than that but that doesn't always save you.
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    I have had that same junk pay pal email before. I didn't fall for it either.
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