Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by 88Silverado, Nov 20, 2003.
PayPal Virus Scam
Ya I got a notice about that. Both Paypal and Ebay sent me notices about it. Too bad there are so many bad guys on the net. It holds back commerce and communication to a great extent. We oughta vote in the death penalty to anyone violating security restrictions on the internet... Bastards... /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif
These sorts of scams come and go. The reason they keep showing up is because .... well ... they work.
Think about it, if a badguy sends a notice to 100,000 Ebay users then he can count on at least half of them being Paypal users (50,000). Out of those people, if only 2% of them falls for the scam and sends account information then that gives him 1000 active credit cards that he can use and abuse. If each of them has a $1000 limit then he now has a MILLION dollars in credit to play with. Simple.
NOBODY should ever have a need to ask you for your passwords via email. EVER.
The only time you should give up your credit card numbers is when you are actually going to purchase something. If someone (like Paypal) wants to perform some kind of account verification then it should only happen when YOU initiate the process from their website.
If something seems a little goofy, it probably is. If you ever have a question about an email you receive, contact the company directly. NOT through a link in the email.
These sorts of scams are very simple to pull off and are usually very easy to trace. Tracking these low-lifes down and introducing some inconvenience to their lives can be quite entertaining. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
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