Freelance Writers Who Use Paypal… Beware

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This just in from Kimberly Teed at HomeBizLiving. She writes:

I usually don’t pass on scams … however … this is a creative twist in the PayPal password theft world…

I received a standard receipt for a PayPal payment, complete with a dispute link … of course, if I clicked the dispute link and signed-on, I would be giving the scammers my password … groan!
Below is a text version, the original message … I don’t send this list in HTML format …
Hope all your biz’s are doing fantastic!

—Kimberly Teed
Sure! I’ll host your site > www.teedhosting.com… and my homepage > http://www.kimberlyteed.com/

(Scam Paypal E-mail Follows:)

— PayPal wrote:
From: “PayPal” service@paypal.com
To: psupdate-owner@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Receipt of Your Payment
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2006 07:27:05 +0600

———————————

Customer,

This email confirms that you have paid PHONEDEPOTUSA
(sales@phonedepotusa.com) $239.95 USDusing PayPal.

This credit card transaction will appear on your bill
as “PAYPAL PHONEDEPOT*”.
…………………………………
PayPal Shopping Cart Contents

Item Name:New MOTOROLA V3 PINK RAZR
RAZOR QUAD-BAND CELL PHONEQuantity:1Total:$219.95
USDCart Subtotal:$219.95 USDShipping Charge:$20.00
USDCart Total:$230.05
USD
…………………………………
Shipping Information

Shipping info:Bill Chang
202 N Magnolia Dr.
Saco, ME 04072
United StatesAddress
Status:Unconfirmed
………………………………….

If you haven’t authorized this charge, click the link
below to cancel the payment and geta full refound.
Dispute Transaction

(Beth again:)

What a scam, eh?

Please, please, please watch your e-mails and don’t fall for this. Many freelance writers use Paypal to process their payments.

I highly suggest you become hyper-vigilant in protecting all your online accounts, particularly Paypal, or find another way to receive your monies owed.

Talk later,

Beth

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