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Bad PayPal Scam... Got me!!!

Discussion in 'Technical' started by melbo, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Notification of Limited Account Access

    You have added laptopseller@yahoo.com as a new email address for your
    PayPal account.

    If you did not authorize this change or if you need assistance with
    your account, please contact PayPal customer service at:


    I clicked it thinking WTF? and then realized after I entered my name and pass that I was not on https PP site. F***... Trying to change my pass now

  2. Aptus

    Aptus Monkey+++ Founding Member

  3. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    I do not reply to e-bay or paypal e-mails .
    I use their site for the pms they send.
  4. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Me neither Quig. But the thought of someone hacking my account got me to reply... Different tack they took and it was the first time I saw it that way... I'll check that link out Aptus.

    I hit Stop before it uploaded but I felt suckered
  5. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    THat looks cool!

    But you think they are now collecting info on browsing ?

    Umm... looks like it:
    Google and Yahoo toolbars do the same thing and are really just spyware.
  6. Conagher

    Conagher Dark Custom Rider Moderator Emeritus Founding Member


    When you first looked at that email, you should've went directly to the PayPal website in a new browser window and logged into your account and then went to the profile link to see the email address associated with your account. I've gotten the laptopseller@yahoo spoof email as well, but it's always better to do like Quig said and just go directly to the website and login to verify your account status. I personally think that when they catch these phishers and spammers, they should de-nut them as "You can't fix stupid" :lol: and we don't need the ******* breeding into the gene pool.
  7. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Oh man. That's a bummer, M! :(

    I got that one.

    I forward all emails I get from a questionable "them" to Spoof@paypal.com.
  8. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Tricky b@stards.
  9. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Wasn't it Google who recently turned over info to the feds?
  10. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Yes Con.. I almost always do that. I was busy and saw the 'breach' and was in ahurry to get to my account... While it was loading I noticed the fake URL...

    Yep Colt. I don't use any 'freebie' toolbars. They are all data miners. At first the FF extension looked cool. after reading about it. I saw that they collect everything you do while surfing.

    No offense Aptus.
  11. Aptus

    Aptus Monkey+++ Founding Member

    When you install it, there's a checkbox to specify that you don't want anything sent. I made sure to deselect it.

    Or do you think they still data mine you?
  12. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    I'd bet you still send stuff surreptitiously. That's what data miners do. No need to receive anything after the first download. :(
  13. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    THey keep track of all you habits.
    That's how they sell 'targeted ads.

    And, no one offers a service for no return
  14. Aptus

    Aptus Monkey+++ Founding Member

    I see your logic there. Looks like I'm uninstalling it.
  15. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    I've gotten pretty suspicious of most things that are free Aptus.
    It was a good suggestion

    I'm surprised that FF allows a spy extension myself
  16. Aptus

    Aptus Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Actually I have to agree with you on the free stuff. It shouldn't have slipped my mind... because basically everything I've read in regards to marketing is that if you give something away free... you only do it in order to collect info for future sales.
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