Fw: [pinet] PAY PAL USERS BEWARE
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David H. Press
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From: "Shelly D." <rashel1@...>
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Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2001 4:26 PM
Subject: [pinet] PAY PAL USERS BEWARE
> *** Hi,
> I know SEVERAL of you use Pay Pal, so if you do,
> read this post.
> Have a nice evening, Shelly
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> Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2001 1:53 PM
> Subject: * cybercrime-alerts * Hackers tricked PayPal users; bought and
> eBay items
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> > Police crack down on Net fraud ring
> > Hackers tricked PayPal users; bought and sold eBay items
> > By Bob Sullivan MSNBC
> > Feb. 20 - Federal and New Jersey investigators are in the process of
> rounding up a ring of Internet fraudsters, MSNBC.com has learned. The
> suspects were involved in a variety of schemes using stolen credit cards,
> PayPal.com and eBay.com. As many as 175 people may have fallen for the
> with one victim losing $5,000 in a single incident.
> > Two suspects in Brooklyn have already been arrested and a flurry of
> additional arrests are expected soon, according to documents MSNBC.com has
> > The scam started with a fake PayPal.com Web site designed to
> potential victims into revealing their account information to the
> > PayPal customers were sent e-mails saying, "We regret to inform
> that your username and password have been lost in our database. To help
> resolve this matter, we request that you supply your login information at
> the following website." A link to http://paypalsecure.cjb.net followed.
> > But victims that fell for the ploy were unwittingly entering
> PayPal account information into a Web site set up by computer criminals.
> About 175 people fell for that part of the scam, according to one source
> familiar with the investigation. The site was operating for at least two
> months, the source said.
> > Next, the criminals purchased big-ticket items on eBay using the
> stolen PayPal accounts, such as Sony PlayStations. Finally, to actually
> wring cash out of the scheme, the criminals would turn around and sell
> items back on eBay and have the cash deposited in another account.
> > PayPal refused to comment on the specific investigation, but
> spokesman Vince Sollitto said the company is aware of several
> account-stealing imitation sites. He said the firm works with customers to
> shut those down as soon as possible. He said PayPal customers aren't
> for any losses in such a scheme, because they are automatically are
> up to $100,000.
> > Documents obtained by MSNBC.com indicate Richard Nicolella, an
> investigator in the Camden County Investigator's Office in New Jersey, was
> the first to spot the scam.
> > "It's pretty widespread," he said. ". . . It was a shopping spree
> from Black Friday through January."
> > Nicolella said about $30,000 in merchandise was delivered to one
> Brooklyn address. The criminals had the items purchased on eBay delivered
> mulitple accomplices at many addresses, Nicolella said, in order to
> > Most of the fraud artists are in their 20s, and one of the
> suspects arrested was already on probation for another Internet scam,
> Nicolella said. But he refused to provide additional details about the
> investigation or the arrests. A spokesperson for the FBI in New York also
> refused to comment.
> > FAKE PAGE SCAM WIDESPREAD
> > Creating fake Web pages and tricking victims into entering
> data is hardly a new scam, but it seems to have new life lately. Last
> weekend some customers of Kaypro Technology, Inc., an online computer
> received e-mail from a computer criminal using the same technique as the
> PayPal fraudster. Fortunately for customers, the scam was betrayed by poor
> English in the e-mail:
> > "During this week we have problems with our Customers DataBase we
> might loss some of our Customers information. So we ask you to fill this
> form: http://www.kaypro.net/form.htm."
> > Kaypro Technology's real Web site is Kaypro.com. A spokesperson
> the company said it immediately sent e-mail to all its customers warning
> about the scam. Only a few report receiving the invitation, and none
> reported falling for it, the spokesman said.
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