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More creative email frauds

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive March 2007: More creative email frauds
By Ginny~moderator on Thursday, March 29, 2007 - 06:21 pm:

I got an email purporting to be from Paypal, as a receipt for my purchase from Amazon, with payment to be made through PayPal. The purchase was for about $400 to send a Sony CD player to someone in Texas (I live in PA). I knew it was a fraud, and I have reported it to PayPal and Amazon. Interestingly, when I ran my mouse over the "Report Fraudulent Transaction" button in the email, I got an IP address that I checked with DNS, and it is in Seoul, Korea. I am sure that if I had clicked it, it would have taken me to a site that looked like a legitimate PayPal site, and asked for lots of information to stop the fraudulent purchase in question.

Oh, and thanks to whoever posted about running one's mouse over a button to get the IP address that goes with the button. I hadn't known about that before I read it on Momsview.

By Karen~admin on Thursday, March 29, 2007 - 07:40 pm:

I got several fraudulent emails purportedly from eBay and/or Paypal, and I've reported them. Matter of fact, eBay actually emailed me messages on my eBay account where I had to change my password; apparently they were aware of one of those. I forward all of those I get to them.

By Dawnk777 on Thursday, March 29, 2007 - 08:16 pm:

Yeah, they're tricky. Everyone in my house, knows not to click on PayPal emails, unless they have your name on it! I always mouseover the link, though to make sure!

By Ginny~moderator on Thursday, March 29, 2007 - 08:43 pm:

This one had my name on it. And I did use Paypayl a couple of times, several years ago. I was just freaked out that mine might have been one of the 47.5 million credit card IDs in the TJMaxx mess and that someone had used my credit card to buy something. I did have that happen many, many years ago, pre-internet, and my credit card company called me and asked me if I had purchased something very expensive to be delivered to someone else. Those innocent days, however, are long gone.

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