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Advanced Member
Username: grateful

Post Number: 243
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 5:21 am:   Edit Post

I received an email phishing for my paypal password telling me my account was suspended for security reasons. As this is the only site where anyone could obtain my email address (from my user profile), I just wondered if any of you others here present had been similarly phished? I didn't fall for it by the way.

Advanced Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 211
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 5:47 am:   Edit Post

It's a rare day that I don't get e-mail both from "PayPal security" and "e-bay unpaid item reminder". I opened the first "e-bay" one a couple of years ago; my antivirus blocked it, so I called a freind who's a professional geek. He assured me it was a common scam; now they're deleted immediately.

Senior Member
Username: bassman10096

Post Number: 1001
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 6:52 am:   Edit Post

I've gotten the same messages from both Paypal and Ebay many times. What threw me off a little was one of the ones I got under Paypal's name really was legitimate (I wish I could remember what caused it, but it made sense in context of the transactions or account changes I had done at the time.).
I hope it's enough to protect me, but I just follow the advice Paypal and Ebay both give: Never, Never click the link in an Email and then "sign in" to the service. By the time you've done that, your password and username are in hostile hands.
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 2656
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 7:11 am:   Edit Post

The key is to NEVER click on the link in the email. When I get these (often), first I look at the address. If it's addressed to "Paypal customer" it's definitely a fraud. If it's addressed to me personally, and I have reason to believe it might be real (I get these from banks where I don't even have an account!), I go to my Paypal account through my browser, NOT through the email link, and check it out. I also win at least four lotteries a week that I never entered, at least 3 people a week from Africa want to send me $25,000,000.00, Women all over the country want to meet me, I can get all the cialis I want, and I am often given the opportunity to make my breasts/penis bigger. Ain't the internet grand!

Bill, tgo
Username: laytonco

Post Number: 71
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 7:35 am:   Edit Post

You know, I tried the breast enlargement stuff. It worked pretty well, but my wife didn't like em!
Intermediate Member
Username: beelee

Post Number: 176
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2007 - 4:42 pm:   Edit Post

Yeah I've gotten those emails too, I knew they were fakes, especially when the come to the email address that I don't use for Ebay and PayPal.......Duh !! I always report them to Ebay and PayPal etc. then I follow their links and give them some great passwords, names etc. just to screw with them. For Example: Michael Hunt 1313 Mockingbird Lane Intercourse Pa. telephone 867-5309 email: URA@jerko$$.com and some other nice made up info I won't repeat here..........LOL

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