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Arlington, VA


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Posted: 01/21/23 01:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Out of curiosity, I went and checked my legacy AOL email address to see if it's been compromised due to known data breaches on A service which was started by a Microsoft Regional Director.

It indicates that my AOL address has been previously exposed on five data breaches in the past. Including various info attached from compromised websites though no passwords. I've changed my account password a couple of times since the last breach. Not really surprising as the same AOL account has been used on multiple sites, which increases the likelihood of being exposed to various data breaches over time.

These compiled lists of compromised email accounts often end up on the dark web available for sale fairly inexpensively, and can contain billion of compromised accounts.

My moderator account which is used only for RV.Net indicates no previous breaches. Likely because it's exclusive for this site.

This is a Signature test on forum portal.


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Posted: 01/21/23 02:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

wildtoad wrote:

My brother in law had his email account hacked and the hacker sent out emails from that account. The emails requested for the recipient to create an Amazon E-gift card and send it to a specified email address. Being suspicious I called my BIL and he was unaware that his account had been hacked. He had to call his provider and reclaim his account.

Net is if it looks suspicious, check it out.

One of the TV shows I watch is Blue Bloods.

Grandpa Regan was shopping and noticed a woman buying a bunch of Gift Cards... (Yup she got scammed) he was able to bust the scammers but they were not able to recover her loss.

When they say "Send gift cards" that's not a red flag.. that's RED FLAG!!!!!!!!!.

And there are dozens of others.. I've seen a lot of 'em both in my time on the net and my time on the job.

I'm still waiting for the Scammer to tell me my Grandson was in an accident and needs bond money to get out of jail (He is not yet 10 years old).

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Posted: 01/21/23 03:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I stopped Pay Pal for all the reasons above..

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Posted: 01/21/23 08:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I love Ebay, and use it a lot. Usually better prices than Amazon, and the shipping is usually included, and I don't have to pay sales tax. What's not to love? Paypal? Never have had an issue...ever. Beats anyone who uses a debit card online.

FWIW, we just fixed our 15 year old clothes dryer with an Ebay vendor. I think they're great.

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Posted: 01/23/23 02:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use paypay whenever possible for online transactions
1) the transaction is unique to that one transaction, can't be use again if someone is scamming, In fact if the transaction for some reason gets split for backorder etc. only the first transaction is allowed, and backorder will require another paypal transaction.
Unlike bank card transactions where if someone gets the card it can be continually used until you stop it.
2) I did have one case of my paypal account getting hacked. I was notified of the transaction, called paypal and within minutes they had blocked whomever had accessed the account fully refunded my money back to my bank account, notified teh bank of the transaction.

I ONLY use my credit card online if (a) paypal isn't accepted and (b) they use secure transactions that require I enter my bank card secure code and (c) state they do NOT store the bank card code.

Ebay?? there are things I buy on ebay, great source for some obsolete/old/unique items. Like anyplace it has it's upsides and downsides. I will say in 20+ years of using ebay I only disputed ONE transaction (didn't recieve the item).

If one decides not to use certain things due to political reasons, I suspect if you REALLY follow that, you'll find you can't do anything and will slowly starve to death.

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Posted: 01/24/23 10:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the heads up, I try to be prudent, and not fall for these type of scams, but being forewarn is even better

I do receive the occasional Notice that fraudulent activity was detected on my BOA Calif EDD card, and to call $$##$$$$ to talk to a rep fix the problem, being retired, i don't have that card,

I can explain it to you.
But I Can Not understand it for you !


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