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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/21/06 08:58 AM

I just received a bogus e-mail asking me to update my account information at

It's fake, just like the hundreds I've received asking me to update my account information for eBay and PayPal.

If you receive an e-mail asking you to update account information from ANY company, it's most likely false--DELETE IT. Do NOT click on it.
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Postby Jim Morton » 12/21/06 10:35 AM

There are so many of these--Citibank, eBay, PayPal, etc. The best rule is this: don't ever offer your information based on an unsolicited request. Some of these phishers have gotten so good that in some surveys, people thought the fake site was the real site and the real site the fake! I would include telephone requests as well.

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Postby Guest » 12/21/06 01:05 PM

I always forward them to the provider at spoof or abuse @ For instance, to report a phishing email from paypal, I forward the email to It helps them shut the Ba$tard$ down.

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Postby Guest » 12/26/06 05:39 PM

I don't think paypal or ebay ever does anything with these forwarded spoof e-mails. I've had as many as a dozen different spoof e-mails from the same fraudster trying to get me to send that John Deere tractor they already paid for.

I always forward the e-mails to or, but the same people still send their e-mails. I just delete them now.

Postby bobsolari911 » 09/03/08 03:34 PM

There is also another Amazon scam to beware of. I sell stuff on amazon on occasion. recently I was selling an expensive fuji digital camera. I received an fake email from amazon telling me the camera was sold and please ship it now.

I didnt fall for it because I am pretty leery of such things. However I did have an email conversation with one guy who did fall for it and shipped his camera. He did manage to get the postal service to catch the package out of state and return it to him. however, if the postal service had missed it, he would be out around $325.00...ouch!
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Postby Jack Turk » 09/16/08 02:38 PM

Here's a tip I got from Paypal on whether the
email is real or not.... they told me that anything
they sent me would have my real name in the
salutation. For instance, it would say:

Dear Jack Turk

If it doesn't have my real name there, I know
for a fact it's not a Paypal communication.

Now, the scammers may be able to get my name in
there someday, but ANY mail that smells phishy
I forward to the appropriate business to make
certain as mentioned by others.

Also, I NEVER click any links in any of the emails
until I'm 100% confident they're legit. You can
have all sorts of nasty crap downloaded via your

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Postby Adrian Kuiper » 09/16/08 05:25 PM

Jack Turk wrote:Also, I NEVER click any links in any of the emails
until I'm 100% confident they're legit.

If the email is from someone you normally do business with, I use whatever link I've set up to visit the site and check whatever it is the email is requesting. I never use someone else's links.
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