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Posted by Maurice Leakey (Member # 916) on February 09, 2015, 05:47 AM:
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.
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.
Posted by Andrew Woodcock (Member # 3260) on February 09, 2015, 05:56 AM:
Thanks for advising and notifying us all Maurice, very helpful Sir!
Posted by Steve Klare (Member # 12) on February 09, 2015, 09:27 AM:

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.
Posted by Andrew Woodcock (Member # 3260) on February 09, 2015, 09:42 AM:
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.
Posted by Martin Jones (Member # 1163) on February 09, 2015, 09:48 AM:
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.
Posted by Steve Klare (Member # 12) on February 09, 2015, 10:03 AM:
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!
Posted by Steve Klare (Member # 12) on February 09, 2015, 01:43 PM:
Here's one I got a couple of days ago:

Date: 02/06/15 03:44:52 PM
From: "A--------n">

look for who beneficiary of this funds


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]
Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on February 09, 2015, 03:10 PM:
Very good Steve [Big Grin]

Yep and the only thing I get free, will be the "cold or flu" [Smile]
Posted by Radulescu Florin (Member # 4676) on February 25, 2015, 09:52 AM:
I can smell something fishy on the internet quite easily, especially when it's about money. But thanks for pointing it out. Cheers !
Posted by Osi Osgood (Member # 424) on February 25, 2015, 12:55 PM:
Many thanks for that heads up! OSI
Posted by David Ollerearnshaw (Member # 3296) on February 25, 2015, 12:59 PM:
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.
Posted by Bill Shenette (Member # 4561) on March 10, 2015, 10:32 AM:
I send all mine to the below address

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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