Email scam?

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Nov 23, 2007

Email scam? by ackers at 4:17 PM (1,192 Views / 0 Likes) 16 replies

  1. ackers
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    Member ackers GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    I just checked my inbox and saw this email titled "Don't pay this item !" Is it a scam? I for one never bought a laptop, never visited dell.com and don't use dollars. Not to mention that isn't my address. Why am I getting these stupid emails? I've even been getting some from the Bank of America - or so it says. I have nothing to do with this bank. Using hotmail.

     
  2. Veho

    Global Moderator Veho The man who cried "Ni".

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    I think it's a scam to get your Paypal login and password. Just to be sure, contact the actual Paypal customer service, and notify them of this.
     
  3. leonheart_a

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    its a scam for sure! and for some reason i have been getting loads of the junk scam mails and its pissing me off to!
     
  4. Seccom Masada

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    Out of curiosity, what's the link they're telling you to go to to correct the issue? I bet it's a really obviously fake URL.
     
  5. ackers
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    Well the email seems genuine but you'll always get god damn impersonators >.< Says email is from paypal@service.com - sounds real enough. And the funny thing is is I don't have a paypal account! And what's with the title of the email anyways?
     
  6. Salamantis

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    Usually it would be service@paypal.com. It would be easy to get a email with name 'paypal' using the domain 'service'.
     
  7. jumpman17

    Former Staff jumpman17 He's a semi-aquatic egg laying mammal of action!

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    If you were to click the link that they provided, it would not take you to Paypal but a site that looks just like it with a similar URL name. Then when you login in with your username and password, that info would be stored in their database and from their, your a victim of identity theft.
     
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    the best way to tell is go to what you know is the REAL paypal site and log in and see if there are any charges against you. if not. this is a scam
     
  9. Nero

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    Yep, that link is probably a mirrored/masked site of the real Paypal site, and then when you log on, it'll jack your Information.

    If you're gonna click it, at least look at the Address bar...

    ~Nero
     
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    Paypal will ALWAYS refer to you in the Email by your real name, never as "member" also they won't ask you to prove you identity once you've logged in. If in doubt visit Paypal's homepage directly and never by a link in an Email
     
  12. ackers
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    Might try that actually - username: kissmyassuscammers password: biteme [​IMG]
     
  13. madmk

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    You should watch the Futurama film ;-) To answer: Yes, it is a scam. The link will not be the official paypal.com.
     
  14. Sonicslasher

    Member Sonicslasher In Law we trust.

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    what, the prince of Nigeria died? and im his next of kin? It says here all I have to do is wire some money and I will be rich, RICH!!
     
  15. hollabackitsobi

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    lol damn you, I'm Nigerian, man! But seriously, that scam stuff really reflects badly on my country... I guess the desperation caused by most peoples' conditions in some areas of Nigeria and Africa in general because of how it was so ravaged by Europeans could lead to some, if not all, of these scam attempts.
     
  16. Nero

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    Yeah... 99% of eBay/Paypal scams are from Nigeria.

    hollaback, you're a Temper... This community has no scammers. [​IMG]

    ~Nero
     
  17. MaHe

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    You should watch Futurama: Bender's Big Score. It's awesome. [​IMG]
     

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