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Internet Account Fraud
By Patty Slayton

I have received these notices not only from a phony eBay site but also
from PayPal and banks I have never heard of.  A man also called me one
day asking further information on a rifle scope he said he was
considering purchasing from me on eBay.  I have never put up anything
for sale on eBay, but it was there alright, with my name and information,
including my telephone number.

Recently I received some pills from India by registered mail which I'd
never ordered.  When I called my credit card company, we discovered
that they had not only been charged to me by something called Pillpay,
that they identified as being a travel agency, but there were a series
of charges for computer software and daily charges of $4.95 from a cell
phone company.

The credit card company is investigating, and of course changing my
account.  Fortunately, this credit card company has a free "fraud
guarantee,"  so I am not responsible for these charges.  It would be
wise to check with your credit card company to make sure you have this.
If it can happen to an old lady living in the sticks, it can happen to
anyone.  It was fortunate that I use only one credit card exclusively
for any internet purchases and another for the rest, or it could have
been very confusing.

So while I have never opened any of these dubious notices or given my
personal information to anything but a secure site while ordering from
trusted merchants, someone was able to pick this information up anyway.

While I have Spybot and a junk mail/virus filter, the Spybot doesn't
update automatically, not did it catch this, so I'm replacing it with
a system that does and hope this does some good.

Patty Slayton

(Message sent Fri 25 Feb 2005, 17:40:46 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

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