Keep a close eye on your PayPal accounts

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classactparty

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Well folks, in spite of extensive firewalls, double-scanning daily, and extreme care with emails, someone harvested my wife's PayPal account info and made a purchase. It happened today, and has been reported. The individual made a ebay payment for an item to be shipped to Indonesia.

We're not sure where the breach occured, but I'm doing a deep registry scan as I type this. We're also changing all of our account passwords as well.
Keep a close eye on your accounts. There was only one way this could have happened- through a password harvester.
 

robertbenda

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Correct me if I'm wrong but the two most likely ways this happened was:

a key-logger installed on your computer (installing sketchy software, or unfamiliar websites prompting you to install something to watch video, maybe)

or much more likely, a phantom website that looks like the real thing's home page but just logs log-in and password. Probably got there from clicking a link in an email. Paypal, Ebay, and Amazon are three very popular sites for this type of attack and its amazing how often it works. Instead of checking the registry, check your browser history for something that looks like Paypal's site....
 
or much more likely, a phantom website that looks like the real thing's home page but just logs log-in and password. Probably got there from clicking a link in an email. Paypal, Ebay, and Amazon are three very popular sites for this type of attack and its amazing how often it works. Instead of checking the registry, check your browser history for something that looks like Paypal's site....
better known as phishing....
 

classactparty

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First of all, this did NOT happen through a phishing scam. We never click on email links without first mousing over them and verifying the actual address. Our rule is, if it looks fishy, it probably is phishy. I have seen some phishing scams that would make you swear it was an email from eBay, Amazon, or a major bank. I've had emails about my account with banks I've never heard of. We don't even bother with these.

Now I have found out Kelly has been using her PayPal card at local fast food joints. We're filing a police report and giving them a 30 day account transaction report. I had someone try to use my Visa card after eating at a local Chili's about 10 months ago. Had to close out that card and get a new one. The problem is, if they can take your card out of site, they can copy the card #, the exp. date, and the security code #.

Kelly is going to cancel that card # and get a new one.

The purchase was for a white Sony Ericson cell phone with camera going to an address in Indonesia. How many people buy WHITE cell phones? Maybe so you can't see it in your robe/tunic? Kelly contacted the eBay seller and informed him that he should not ship the item because it was paid for by a fraudulent charge. Unfortunately, the seller did not have a very good rating. We have yet to hear from him.
 

Cap

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classactparty:
Unfortunately, the seller did not have a very good rating. We have yet to hear from him.
The seller and the buyer would be the partners. No equipment changes hands. Only the money.

Scary stuff. Thanks for the reminder not to get too lax in routine account changes.
 

robertbenda

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See, now that is a classic example of us not having all the information (not mentioning having a PayPal card to use offsite)...

Your card # theft at Chili's is why I always prefer to pay upfront if I can or use cash - my card always stays in site.

Theft like this is why I always check my account statements and get the free copies of my credit report - one each, four months apart (I get email reminders to tell me when and which one to get) so I can check for stolen numbers and people opening new accounts in my name.
 

classactparty

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I looked over Kelly's transactions for the last month. We both agreed it was probably done through a local Pizza Hut delivery. We will be paying via check with them from now on.
 

DJPops

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Before I even bid on anything on Ebay, I look at the sellers feedback and rating.

If they are new to ebay, I don't bid. Or if they have a poor rating
 

classactparty

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Good news- Kelly got her 120.00 back from PayPal. Apparently the eBay seller realized the name and address didn't match, and he had nothing to stand on. Besides, he hadn't shipped the item. A lot can be said for catching things quickly.
 

MoonDJ

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Hello ClassAct!

If you're afraid to pay by credit card, then you should be even more afraid to pay by check. If a bad guy gets the routing number and the account number (both are right there on the front of every check), then they can pretty much clean out your account whenever they feel like it.

Danger,
Kevin
 

bjojade

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classactparty said:
I looked over Kelly's transactions for the last month. We both agreed it was probably done through a local Pizza Hut delivery. We will be paying via check with them from now on.
You will continue to do business with them? Hell, I'd find another pizza shop instead.
 
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