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I NEED PayPal's Phone Number! ASAP!

Discussion in 'The OT' started by JohnGfun, Mar 30, 2005.

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  1. pjmrt

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    Maybe sometimes, but don't count on it always. The email I got was one sentence long, the "from" email was correct from paypal (I compared it to others legit messages). It was one sentence long with a link enclosed to the "item" (Myst III) I supposedly purchased and was being billed for. It never came from Paypal however and the link would install a virus from what I learned later. I forwarded it Paypal to investigate and deleted it before opening it.
     
  2. cdru

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    What!?!? They said they were going to hold our transaction in the strictest of confidence. Wait. Are you helping the King of Nirobi or the former Tribal Chief of Nigeria?
     
  3. Jacob S

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    Send the email to spoof@paypal.com and if it does not address you by your first and last name then its fake.
     
  4. Nick

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    I only open email from those I know, whether personal or business. If I don't know you or recognize your addy, you get deleted. Any email from Paypal, one of my money accounts or ISPs is automatically suspect. Here is a short list of things you can do to protect you email and your computer. This list is by no means complete.

    - make use of your ISP's spam-blocker software

    - never respond to requests for information, updates, or verifications without investigation first.

    - get and use a 'throwaway' web-based email account for marginal site registrations

    - severely restrict the number of sites with which you register, and give only the minimum required essential personal data

    - opt for "NO email/offers" from 3rd party "partners"

    - get and use ad and spyware blocker software

    - review and delete unwanted cookies, particularly "ad-whatever" cookies

    - never keep passwords and credit card information on your computer

    - take responsibility for your online security

    The list is by no means complete, but it's a start. If you haven't already, make online security a top priority. A little suspicion and paranoia goes a long way. Consider this: there are probably hundreds of thousands of hackers around the world trying to get access to your computer and steal your personal information.
     
  5. Richard King

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    Get and use Mailwasher.
     
  6. Danny R

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    If I don't know you or recognize your addy, you get deleted.

    You *******... thats just the excuse you use. You didn't return my letters, my phone calls. We could have made it. I thought we had something between us!

    *sob*




    ;)
     
  7. ntexasdude

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    All excellent suggestions. Here are some addtional comments.


    My sbc.yahoo DSL account suggests you do just that. They now have a feature where you can get temporary/throwaway pop3 email addresses. Some sites I've encountered won't let you register with a web based account like hotmail. They require a pop3 address.

    I keep ALL of my passwords stored on the hard drive but I keep them in an encrypted file that is essentially un-hackable. Although, I'm probably going to move it all to a USB thumb drive just to be safe.

    If anybody is interested in how I safely store passwords just let me know.
     
  8. n8dagr8

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    I have a special hotmail account that I use to send "polite" request for them to stop spamming me. (FYI - You usually have to respond to a different e-mail addy than the one it's from) :D
     
  9. waydwolf

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    It doesn't get any simpler than this:

    STOP READING YOUR E-MAILS IN HTML FORM! READ THEM IN PLAIN TEXT FORMAT ONLY!

    For fark's sake people, how brilliant do you have to be to get this straight? If you wouldn't visit websites that might be dangerous why would you let them send a copy of their site into your mailbox? By reading mail in HTML format you're asking for Active X, Javascript, Java, and other goodies to run on your system.

    NO amount of anti-spyware and anti-virus apps are going to be 100% protection any more than running into the line of fire would be safe with kevlar. The idea is to resist attack when it happens and terminate the attack by getting out of the line of fire. So you kill the virus if one gets by and you don't purposely load them on and tempt fate.
     
  10. ntexasdude

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    Yeah, we know but they're not as pretty. :lol:
     
  11. waydwolf

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    Yes, but do you prefer a machine that works right when you need it or one that's farked all to heck with viruses?

    You would not believe the number of people I listen to b*tch at me every day about my company mail server not accepting fifty megabyte attachments. E-mail wasn't designed for network clogging attachments and flashy graphics. It's pretty sad that people are so short on attention span and so superficial these days that plain text written in their native language isn't good enough to convey information.
     
  12. BobMurdoch

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    Phishing 101. Check the email headers the bottom of the email. The address is often slightly different than the real address which is the giveaway.

    When in doubt go to the provider yourself through their address or call them on the phone. Also, the key is whether your credit card is due to expire soon. If you have a month left it may be legit. If your card doesn't expire for a year and a half it is just about guaranteed to be a scam.

    If he DID click on the link and enter the information, I would HIGHLY recommend that he call his credit card company and warn them to watch for suspicious activity. If they have a way to check your purchases online, do so and make sure that no unauthorized charges hit your bill. If you wait for the paper bill to arrive the bad guys can have 1-4 weeks to have a party on your credit line.........

    It can take up to 1000 hours to correct identity theft and your credit score may take years to recover. Don't tempt fate and make yourself an easy target.
     
  13. Nick

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    OK, there is one I forgot about

    -- NEVER OPEN OR RESPOND TO SPAM --

    You are just confirming that the bad guys have a valid email addy on you and they will make you their spam-bitch forever.

    Don't be like one of my exes who once asked "How will I know it is SPAM if I don't read it?" :D
     
  14. Nick

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    "...I'm probably going to move it all to a USB thumb drive just to be safe..."

    Good one. :grin: That is so funny! !rolling :D
    :thats:
     
  15. ntexasdude

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    Okay, I won't tell you then. You'll just have to figure it out youself. :p
     
  16. Nick

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    I didn't mean to ignore your kind offer, Dude, but as stated previously, I don't keep my personal stuff on the HDD.
     
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