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Post by franco b » Fri. Dec. 29, 2017 5:10 pm

Received an Email saying $40.00 was sent to Macy's for a purchase. A PDF invoice said the recipient was in CA.

Checked my PayPal account and no such transaction was listed.

Forwarded the Email to [email protected] and they replied it was a phishing attempt.

I don't know how the scam works, unless maybe if I clicked a link to dispute the purchase. I did not do that.

A genuine Email from PayPal will always mention your name. This one did not do that.

 
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Post by freetown fred » Fri. Dec. 29, 2017 5:46 pm

Thanx for the heads up Richard.

 
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Post by WNY » Fri. Dec. 29, 2017 6:20 pm

Thats a typical scam email, they also send from Amazon, UPS, FedEx, etc...about clicking on links for merchandise that can't be delivered or shipping problem or something. A lot of different types of scams that go around.

Another here, was people calling imitating National Grid Electric or Gas and they have to pay their bill immediately with Gift cards? really? or their gas or electric will be shutoff. They never ask for payment over the phone especially with gift cards. that's usually a sign of a scam.


 
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Post by Lightning » Fri. Dec. 29, 2017 6:26 pm

WNY wrote:
Fri. Dec. 29, 2017 6:20 pm
Another here, was people calling imitating National Grid Electric or Gas and they have to pay their bill immediately with Gift cards? really? or their gas or electric will be shutoff.
True story, I've gotten one of those calls. For a few seconds I almost bought into it since I had forgotten to pay my bill.

 
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Post by freetown fred » Fri. Dec. 29, 2017 6:37 pm

Lee, WTF, ya don't have some kind of a do-dad to remind you of all that--NO!!! not your wife!! LOL

 
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Post by mkline » Sat. Dec. 30, 2017 2:36 am

I got the very same email. I get a lot from "Amazon" I just ignore them.


 
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Post by Freddy » Sat. Dec. 30, 2017 5:02 am

The email phishers are always finding a better way to trick you into clicking a link. Be careful everyone!

 
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Post by Richard S. » Sat. Dec. 30, 2017 9:09 am

I mentioned this one previously and something to be on the outlook for, if your email box gets flooded with email from legitimate sources where someone has signed you up for forums, newsletters or whatever. Buried in that mess somewhere is going to be a bill for active account you have somewhere like Amazon etc.

 
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Post by top top » Mon. Jan. 01, 2018 1:37 pm

The last few months I have gotten a lot of phishing email from banks & credit unions. At first it was just USAA, then it rapidly expanded to other companies. Everyone should learn how to recognize these. The first clue is the address, second is the generic greeting. But they seem to be getting better, so stay alert and do not click on any email links. Oh yea, report them to whatever site they purport to be from.

They look something like this:


Dear Client,

During our usual records check we found some information missing on your file.
Kindly Follow the instructions below.

Click the link below:
(link to scam site edited out)
USAA Online Security Team -

USAA Online (Technical Support)

Or This:

Dear USAA Customer,

You have a new incoming payment transfer on hold. For security reasons, We need to verify the sender and receiver of the payment.A quick verification of your USAA account is required as a means to approve the incoming payment transfer. Your money will be posted into your account within 2-4 business days.

Approve Your Payment
We appreciate your business and co-operation with us.

Thank you,
USAA

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