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Posted: 29 October 2013 06:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 342 ]
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The PayPal one is a rather common phishing exercise.  Easiest way to tell if it’s genuine or not is where it says “Dear ...”.  Genuine PayPal emails always use the full name you registered with them, not just “Customer” or any other generic title.  I see a lot of them at work (where we don’t even use PayPal).

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Posted: 29 October 2013 01:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 343 ]
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Another way to tell is if you just mouse over the link they provide the real address will come up on the status bar in the bottom left corner of your browser.  If it says anything except paypal.com you know it’s a scam.

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Posted: 29 October 2013 06:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 344 ]
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Affirmative… my actual Paypal email address is on a different account and they address me by name.  That one was pretty simple for me, but for some people I am certain this is the reason we end up reading about people giving away their private/personal information and sending money to “the bad guys”. downer

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Posted: 30 October 2013 09:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 345 ]
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Quite probably.   

On another note, some of them are going to greater lengths these days.  My brother actually received a signed, letter in the mail from a lawyer in Singapore asking if he wanted to stand in for some guy with the same last name who supposedly died and left 9 mill in the bank.  Of course the lawyer was quite willing to split the money with my brother if he wanted to.  While I’ve seen these scams via email for years this is the first time I’ve actually seen them send a letter that must have cost them something to print and mail out.

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Posted: 02 December 2014 04:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 346 ]
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*waves necroposting wand*

Had to laugh at this one since I work for the state government here in Michigan… LOL

From Michigan Online Lottery michiganonlinelotteryATnoreply.org
Bcc oppiejoe oppiejoe(@myemailaddressdotcom)

Michigan Online Lottery.
101 E. Hillsdale,
Lansing, Michigan 48933,
United States of America.

Dear Winner in the Michigan Online Lottery,

We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer balloting
sweepstake held on 10th November 2014. You have been approved for the star prize
of One Million and Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($1,500,000.00).
This is a millennium scientific computer game in which email addresses were
used. It is a promotional program aimed at encouraging internet users; therefore
you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it. Your winning ticket number is
35-38-18-24-37 with Batch numbers BTD/008002/12 drew the lucky numbers
2-4-4-2-67 which consequently won the draw in the Second category.

You are advised to keep this winning very confidential until you receive your
lump prize. This is a protective measure to avoid double claiming by people you
may tell as we have had cases like this before. Now, how would you like to
receive your payment? Because we have two method of payment which is by Check or
by ATM card?

NOTE: For None Appearance, Do Not Contact Mr. Isa Burke Bright, if you can not
pay for the cost of delivery and Kindly Reconfirm

Full Name:
Home Address:
Home/Cell Phone
Occupation:

Name: Mr. Isa Burke Bright
E-mail: isaburke.brightATyahoo.com Or isaburke.bright1ATyahoo.com
Contact direct line: (231) ###-2069

Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 20th December, 2014. Please
note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember to quote
your winning ticket number and batch number in all correspondence. Furthermore,
should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.

Congratulations.

Best regard,
Mrs. Emily Simon,
Online Lottery Coordinator.

The information transmitted is intended only for the person or entity to whom or
which it is addressed. Unauthorized use, disclosure or copying is strictly
prohibited. The sender accepts no liability for the improper transmission of
this communication or for any delay in its receipt.

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