Beware Pay Pal Users

Old 08-11-2010, 03:24 PM
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Two days ago while reviewing my e-mail, I noticed a note from PayPal. When I clicked on and read my "receipt" for a transaction of $248.78, I was puzzled to say the least. I had absolutely no idea where this came from so I immediately wrote to Pay Pal and called my bank. To make a long story short , someone had hacked into my Pay Pal account and had charged this amount to my account. Thank goodness I caught this in time to have the payment cancelled, but what a hassle. I had to change my bank card and now have to change my accounts to reflect the new information plus I will have to set up a new PayPal account. Has anyone else had this problem. I guess it would be smart to occasionally go in and change your password and security questions. So much for online buying being secure.
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Old 08-11-2010, 03:30 PM
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Oh no! Glad you caught it in time.

I often get emails that appeat to be from Ebay but are not.
I have been ignoring them. Maybe I'd better pay closer attention.

Glad you're not out any money
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Old 08-11-2010, 03:31 PM
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Never had a problem in 8 years.
Did they give you any idea how they got the info?
was it phishing?
Sounds like they had your bank info also
what a nightmare!
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Old 08-11-2010, 03:39 PM
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Yikes...I have an account just for pay pal and an account for the bills and stuff. The pay pal account rarely has over a hundred in it.
I have never had a problem but hear of it now and then....sorry you had to go through that!
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Old 08-11-2010, 03:39 PM
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When you called PayPal did they tell you about the PayPal security key? It is a somewhat new feature.

I had a similar experience and PayPal immediately locked up the account before the transaction was completed. When I called they gave me the PayPal security key. It is the size of a credit card and displays a random number every time you access or use your PayPal account. The account is useless if you don't have the card. It costs $5.00 and in my opinion it is $5 well spent.

Here is a link for more info: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=xpt/Marketing_CommandDriven/securitycenter/PayPalSecurityKey-outside]https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/websc...ityKey-outside[/url]

You don't need a new PayPal account, you just need to change your password and get the security key.

I am sorry it happened to you. I, too, had to learn this the hard way. It is a real pain to deal with.
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Old 08-11-2010, 03:47 PM
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I fell for a phishing e-mail.

It looked EXACTLY like PayPal's blah-blah.
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Old 08-11-2010, 03:51 PM
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this is why every email from paypal that I am not expecting I immediatly forward to [email protected]
100% of them have been phishing emails and Paypal informs you if it is real or a fake
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Old 08-11-2010, 04:02 PM
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You know, I had received a letter from Pay Pal the day before stating that there was some irregular activity re:#/...... I looked up my account and there was nothing there at that time that even resembled that reference Number so I let it go.That was however, the first time I had seen the reference to [email protected] (guess I missed it before). I had not read about the security key nor was one offered. I will ask and I know I have to only change my password. They got my bank info though so I am getting a new credit card.In the meantime I am in limbo.
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It's kind of hard to find the spoof e-mail address. It's one worth keeping in mind.
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Old 08-11-2010, 04:06 PM
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Thanks for the info. I am really leary of the letters I get. My account says that I am (forgot the word)cleared to use Pay Pal and all my puchases come directly from my bank. I don't have to make deposits to my account. I also sell on e-bay so those deposits are made but that is not as much as I spend.
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