Internet Users Hbk - Chapter 6g. Various Types and Examples of Internet Scams
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If you have given out your credit card information, contact your credit company right away. The sooner a company knows your account may have been compromised, the easier it will be for them to help protect you.
Contact the company that you believe was forged. Remember to contact the organization directly, not through the e-mail message you received. Or call the organization and speak to a customer service representative.
CHANGE THE PASSWORDS ON ALL YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNTS.
Many people use the same password for multiple accounts. Start with passwords that are related to financial institutions or personal information. If you think someone has accessed your e-mail account, change your password immediately. Review your credit reports, your bank, credit card statements, and your credit report monthly for unexplained charges, inquiries or activity that you did not initiate.
Finally, make sure you use the latest products, such as anti-spam and anti-phishing capabilities in e-mail services, phishing filters in Web browsers and other services to help warn and protect you from online scams. UK Times Online
In one scam, an e-mail recipient receives an electronic greeting card containing malware (malicious software). The cards, which are also referred to as e-cards or postcards, are being sent via spam. Like many other Internet fraud schemes, the perpetrators use social engineering tactics to entice the victim, claiming the card is from a family member or friend. Although there have been variations in the spam message and attached malware, generally the spam directs the recipient to click the link provided in the email to view their e-card. Upon clicking the link, the recipient is unknowingly taken to a malicious web page.
In another scam, fraudulent e-mails misrepresent the FBI and/or Director Robert S. Mueller III and give the appearance of legitimacy due to the usage of pictures of the FBI Director, seal, letter head, and/or banners. The types of schemes utilizing the Director's name and/or FBI are lottery endorsements and inheritance notifications.
The third is spam e-mail, which claim to be from an official of the U.S. military sent on behalf of American soldiers stationed overseas. The scam e-mails vary in content; however, the general theme of each is to request personal information and/or funds from the individual receiving the e-mail.
These spam e-mail messages are hoaxes and should be immediately deleted. Consumers need to be wary of unsolicited e-mails that request them to take any action even if that means just clicking on an attachment. It is possible that by "double-clicking" on attachments to these messages, recipients will cause malicious software — e.g., viruses, keystroke loggers, or other Trojan horse programs—to be launched on their computers. FBI
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This member has a question for you. Do not respond to the sender if this message requests that you complete the transaction outside of eBay. This type of offer is against eBay policy, may be fraudulent, and is not covered by buyer protection programs. Learn More.
I was just looking at your auction and have a few questions. Do you have a working PayPal account? How much you are willing sell it? Please be reasonable I am very interested. Please include your regular email to your response because I don`t check my eBay often, so we can talk through email. Thanks
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eBay sent this message to Dr DonYates Sr PhD(drdony01).
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Our records show that you recently contacted or received messages from weatherby3cycling through eBay's messaging system. This account was recently found to have been accessed by an unauthorized third party, who may have used the account in an attempt to defraud other members.
We've taken action to restore this account to the original owner, but wanted to let you know to be suspicious of any communication you may have received from them. Nothing is wrong with your account at this time – this message is just being sent as a precaution. If you have received any messages from weatherby3cycling that appears suspicious, please feel free to forward them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for review.
The buyer contacted me directly via email with a Romania Address. I followed-up with buyer to confirm shipping address and the status of the payment. Buyer advises me that payment had already been made and to look for the PayPal notice of payment. Confirms a new address in Nigeria
Urgent Matter: birthday present for her partner and she wanted to know the shipping charges (when the ad said free shipping)
JanetXXX has sent you an eBay item Payment with PayPal (Routing Code: C840-L001-Q999-T5350)
Instead of “Notification of Payment Received”, It said that the payment was received for the cost of the item, and included an extra-ordinary shipping fee of $ 300 (I guess that was an inducement for me to act quickly – and ship the item). Shipping address confirmed to the Nigeria address.
However, the payment withheld to my PayPal account pending my shipping confirmation – which I declined to ship the item without advance payment, per eBay practices.
In addition, spoof emails often begin with a general greeting such as "Welcome eBay User," rather than your name or user ID. They claim that eBay is updating its files or accounts -- this is a common tactic of spoof email contain an "urgent" warning, telling you that your account is in jeopardy and you won't be able to buy or sell on eBay if you don't provide personal information immediately.
Even links that go to real-looking pages can be fake. Never click a link in a suspicious email. Sign in through the usual process. If you suspect an email is fake, please forward it to us at email@example.com. You can learn more about recognizing and dealing with spoof emails. Need more help? Contact us directly using the customer support options on the right side of the page.
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