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Re: phishing/scam email

I don't trust any email from someone I don't know, and even from some I do. If I got an email from one of my banks, I probably wouldn't respond. I would either call the 800 number from the back of my card or call my local bank or something along those lines to see if there is a problem. If I got an email from any online site like PayPal, I would go DIRECTLY to the site via my own Favorites - not via any link in the email - and check it out there.

My MacAffee software provides something called SpamKiller which I keep turned off, which causes me to get a message every time I turn on my computer, something like, "Oh my gosh! Your computer is not protected! You must turn on SpamKiller or you'll die!" The message eventually disappears after a good long while (or I can click it off), but I find it annoying because it's my choice not to use it. It reminds me of the current Mac anti-Vista commercial in which the PC has to confirm or deny every movement through a 3rd party that protects it.

It's a shame there are so many hacks out there baiting people. The smartest move is to just hit "delete ".

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Theresa W" <tchessie1@sbcglobal.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, March 03, 2007 11:54 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] phishing/scam email

Hi all-

I've got to share with you that I received an email this AM, that is definitely the most subtle phishing email I've ever gotten. It looked almost exactly like an email the Ebay would forward from another member. The message indicates that "I am having some problems with my paypal account lately and it shows

me that i have received an amount of $100 from you for an item that was sold

on ebay but i am not the seller. What is happening? I think it's a mistake.

What should i do next?  Should I contact the authorities? "

Sounds reasonable right? Well, PC-cillin fortunately caught this and indicated that is was likely an email scam- so I went directly to my account on Ebay to check to see if the message was on there also. But, the message was not there- so definitely it was a scam. Kind of scary though- it appeared to be completely authentic. I'm kind of impressed that the PC-cillin software knew what it was right away and warned me.


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