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Maurice Leakey
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From: Bristol. United Kingdom
Registered: Oct 2007


 - posted February 09, 2015 05:47 AM      Profile for Maurice Leakey   Email Maurice Leakey   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Watch out for an email allegedly from PayPal to say that you had sent a payment for a subscription to Skype. It further says that it you did not send such a payment you can open a query by clicking on a paragraph in the email.
DO NOT CLICK.
It is a scam.
I first checked on the correct PayPal site but there was no payment itemised from my account. A further investigation through Google reveals that this scam has been going on for years.

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Andrew Woodcock
Film God

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From: Manchester Uk
Registered: Aug 2012


 - posted February 09, 2015 05:56 AM      Profile for Andrew Woodcock         Edit/Delete Post 
Thanks for advising and notifying us all Maurice, very helpful Sir!

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"C'mon Baggy..Get with the beat"

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Steve Klare
Film Guy

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From: Long Island, NY, USA
Registered: Jun 2003


 - posted February 09, 2015 09:27 AM      Profile for Steve Klare   Email Steve Klare   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Yeah,

You have to watch it these days. I got an e-mail "from my bank" this morning telling me my account had been suspended and unless I logged in immediately they would lock it up.

Considerate folks: they even provided a link to my logon.

-but when I hovered over it, it wasn't my bank's website at all, although I bet it would have looked just like it if I had actually clicked on it.

You could easily imagine somebody being deceived by this: it looked exactly like an e-mail my bank would have sent.

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Andrew Woodcock
Film God

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From: Manchester Uk
Registered: Aug 2012


 - posted February 09, 2015 09:42 AM      Profile for Andrew Woodcock         Edit/Delete Post 
I've had it myself with the old Bank scam Steve, just a few years back.
I just simply notified my bank the minute I saw and suspected it giving them the http from the bogus e mail.

You really do have to have your wits about you nowadays with these scamming scumbags.

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"C'mon Baggy..Get with the beat"

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Martin Jones
Phenomenal Film Handler

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From: Thetford , Norfolk,England
Registered: May 2008


 - posted February 09, 2015 09:48 AM      Profile for Martin Jones   Email Martin Jones   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Don't know about US banks, Steve, but none of my UK banks will EVER ask you to do ANYTHING to do with your Accounts in an email, or by phone.
Everything remotely like a transaction or enquiry affecting security HAS to be instigated by the Account Holder.

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Ongoing interest in Telecine....

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Steve Klare
Film Guy

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From: Long Island, NY, USA
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 - posted February 09, 2015 10:03 AM      Profile for Steve Klare   Email Steve Klare   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Standard Operating Procedure for my bank, and many, many institutions is they will not request a login by e-mail, and they say that often.

-the problem is if they send out 10,000 of these e-mails and less than 1% take the bait their nets will come up full! (You thought you were going to pay your mortgage with that money, but you wind up buying caviar and champagne for some hacker 7 time zones away!)

I'm not at all sure these people really know I am a customer at this bank: we get similar e-mails from banks we've never used fairly often.

-they cast a broad net, maybe they'll bring in a few good sized "phish"!

I've stopped worrying about money a long time ago: a couple of times a week I win some overseas lottery or other, and some deposed third world monarch keeps offering me 50% if I'll just help him smuggle his millions out. I'm just waiting for a billion dollar exile before I take them up on it!

-made in the shade!

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Steve Klare
Film Guy

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From: Long Island, NY, USA
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 - posted February 09, 2015 01:43 PM      Profile for Steve Klare   Email Steve Klare   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Here's one I got a couple of days ago:

quote:
Subject:
Date: 02/06/15 03:44:52 PM
From: "A--------n" A---------n@XXXXXXX.com.hk>

look for who beneficiary of this funds

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Now just hold on there!

I get the idea you'd like to steal my life's savings and maybe leave us living in a crate under a highway overpass after we retire, but at least have the decency to make a little effort!

How about a coherent sentence? Some proper capitalization and punctuation might be nice! At least tell a plausible and heartfelt story, even if it's a bald faced lie!

What's society coming to when even the crooks become lazy?

(Keep to a standard, man: make your parents proud!) [Big Grin]

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Graham Ritchie
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From: New Zealand
Registered: Feb 2006


 - posted February 09, 2015 03:10 PM      Profile for Graham Ritchie   Email Graham Ritchie   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Very good Steve [Big Grin]

Yep and the only thing I get free, will be the "cold or flu" [Smile]

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Radulescu Florin
Junior
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From: Slobozia, Romania
Registered: Feb 2015


 - posted February 25, 2015 09:52 AM      Profile for Radulescu Florin   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I can smell something fishy on the internet quite easily, especially when it's about money. But thanks for pointing it out. Cheers !

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Osi Osgood
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 - posted February 25, 2015 12:55 PM      Profile for Osi Osgood   Author's Homepage   Email Osi Osgood   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Many thanks for that heads up! OSI

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David Ollerearnshaw
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Posts: 1373
From: Penistone Sheffield UK
Registered: Oct 2012


 - posted February 25, 2015 12:59 PM      Profile for David Ollerearnshaw   Author's Homepage   Email David Ollerearnshaw   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I wonder if they have the FBI in Russia. Email a couple of weeks ago said they 'found' an old account where I had been left $10.000.000 to verify me please send your bank details so we can pay you.

I suppose I should be highly educated with all the degrees I get offered, have 20 wifes mainly from russia all loving me the biggest c**k in the world that never tired out, and $ millions from Nigeria. from Mr Umbong Wonga. Plus many more.

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Bill Shenette
Film Handler

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From: Shrewsbury, MA, USA
Registered: Nov 2014


 - posted March 10, 2015 10:32 AM      Profile for Bill Shenette   Author's Homepage   Email Bill Shenette   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I send all mine to the below address
spoof@paypal.com

pay pal receives these directly and it helps them track those types in which you speak of here in this topic.
Soncerely william

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Live life to the fullest each and every day. You never know when you will be called home to Glory.

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