My Paypal Account was hacked!

hacked - dreadful experience
Philippines
December 17, 2009 1:09am CST
And i lost $50.This is so true and very devastating... I checked my email this day, excited to see my payments from other sites just to found out that on my spam folder, there was a transaction made with upbux whom I was not a member. I have heard of the site and know it is a PTC site but never did it came to my mind to become a member. I have already quit a lot of PTC sites and stayed only for trek pay. Anyway, the description of the merchant was stealther 23 It was a payment regarding "Referral Balance Addition". I am so sad and feel beat up right now. I hurriedly reported it to paypal by the way, and they are already viewing my case. I hope i could get my money back as soon as possible. I earned that amount for almost half a year already and is just being enjoyed by some a$shole. Are any members here became a victim by hackers too? What did you do? What then should I do? This isn't a very good gift for this holiday. If ever you think you have an easy password or multiple accounts with a single password, better change it for this dreadful thing really does happen.*sigh*
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18 responses
@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
17 Dec 09
Geez that is terrible! I feel sorry for you. And this is scary! I already did changed my paypal password to a more complicated one to which I think hackers won't get to it easily. I wish you can get your money back. What's the anti-virus software you're using? Maybe you should use a more reliable one. shadow41
• Philippines
17 Dec 09
Hi shadow. Yeah it really is terrible that is the most dreadful thing that happened to me this month. I really wish i could. The anti-virus software that I am using is Avira. Does that thing have to do with my account? Sorry for being so innocent with this situation.
@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
17 Dec 09
Anti-virus software can help prevent hackers from getting to your accounts. I'm using kaspersky internet security which has anti-phishing feature. I feel secure by using it but I know I'm still not 100 percent safe from hackers for most of them are geniuses! But don't lose hope yet. Paypal is an honest payment processor and I have a feeling that you'll get your money back. I really hope you will. Update us about this. We won't be at ease with paypal not until you get your money back. shadow41
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• Philippines
17 Dec 09
Oh so that's how antivirus works. I thought they just remove unwanted programs on your PCs but it works as a guardian to your connection too. Thanks shadow. Now it feels like that the name of paypal is on my hands. I will definitely inform the people here what happened to my case as this is a very important matter to us all. Thanks again shadow41.
• Philippines
18 Dec 09
Oh my, this is a great reminder for me and all others out there to be cautious of their online usernames and passwords. I will have to change my passwords more frequently from now on. I wish you could get back the money you have lost. Thanks for sharing this info to us.
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• Philippines
18 Dec 09
You have a point about using words which could not be found in the dictionary. I'll consider that from now on.
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• Philippines
18 Dec 09
The paypal site told me that and i think it helps us all. Glad it helped you. TC.
@vycess (1590)
• Saudi Arabia
17 Dec 09
I'am sorry from what happened to you. Thisis very sad and disappointing. I joined that Upbux site and recently O found out that it turned to a scam site. I hope paypal would consider what happened to you and Get your money back.
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@rsa101 (13336)
• Philippines
18 Dec 09
Oh that is really bad to know that your account being hacked. So far none is able to get into my account. I seldom open my paypal account and I make sure that I do not answer any email about paypal. Paypal does not email me for anything except for when there are transactions in my account.
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• Philippines
18 Dec 09
Hello rsa. Yup paypal does the same for me too. Though I found the hacker's transaction on my spam folder. I thought it was just one of the "spam" mails but i hurriedly checked my account if that was true. After sometime and checking my paypal, i was shocked to see that i paid $50 FOR SOMETHING I DON'T KNOW. I just hope this culprit will get caught as soon as possible. Thanks for the concern.
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@rsa101 (13336)
• Philippines
18 Dec 09
Yeah I hope so too that they would be caught very soon and your fund will be restored soon.
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@voldrox (7205)
• India
17 Dec 09
oh dear! i am so sorry for you koalapenguin :( that is so sad, i hope you get your amount back, i haven't been hacked before but i fear such things, please don't let this ruin your holidays koalapenguin, i hope you will have a nice time, i wish your money would come back soon... i know it is hard to loose something that you have worked for over half an year... just try to be careful next time...
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• Philippines
17 Dec 09
Hello voldrox. Yes this is very bad especially this holiday. I was saving a nice amount and this happened. I don't now why and i wasn't expecting it either. I hope i could get my account back as soon as possible though. thank you for the concern friend.
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@voldrox (7205)
• India
18 Dec 09
koalapenguin i want you to be cheerful this holiday, i wish for you, try not to think much about it if can, i hope your money comes back soon, just wait and see meanwhile have fun with friends and keep a little busy, main thing - try to have fun this holiday... i will see you around koalapenguin.
@hexeduser22 (5854)
• Philippines
14 Jan 10
Is there any update on this one? Did Paypal got your money back? I sure hope you got your money back. I'm getting paranoid on how secure is my paypal account by just reading this...I hope we get an update from you soon
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• Philippines
8 Feb 10
Sorry for the late reply hexeduser. Yes i was able to get my money back so don't worry. ^_^
@KrauseHome (34982)
• United States
18 Dec 09
I have heard of these type of things happening to people, and it is quite Sad that things like this do happen. Unfortunately Paypal has not found a way it sounds like to Block things like this from happening, and it would be nice if they could safeguard our $$ there better. I have never had any issues there so I have been safe but at the same time I am quite cautious when it comes to using that site for sure.
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• Philippines
18 Dec 09
Hello Krasuehome. So others are affected as well? I thought i was the only victim by this stealther23. Anyways, thanks for the response and concern. We all should really be careful nowadays especially when things are getting high-tech everyday. Hacker seems to be getting very modern as well.
• United States
18 Dec 09
maybe a virus or a key logger software, its possible though.
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• Philippines
18 Dec 09
Hello raiser. Welcome to mylot and thanks for responding. I am not so good with computer stuff but i think it has something to do it. I hope i could get my money back though. Thanks for the concern.
• Indonesia
18 Dec 09
So sorry to hear that koalapenguin... I've got my email hacked once but fortunately there are no important information there. So I didn't really loose anything. Yeah, you're right we have to have a different password for every accounts that we have especially when it concerns money.
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• Philippines
18 Dec 09
Hi mizzbelly. I agree that we should be more careful next time. Lucky for you, you didn't have any important messages or information on your previous account. But we should not let this dreadful thing to happen to anyone who are using paypal.
• Mexico
17 Dec 09
Hi koalapenguin: That's so bad, I am sorry that someone like this person make profit of the money you have win, thanks for telling us this story so we can be careful if something similar happends to us. I think you were right when you tell paypal what was happening and hope they do their job and give your money back. Good luck with that girl. Have a nice day. -Alvaro.
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• Philippines
18 Dec 09
Hello stars. Yep i made this discussion for that purpose. For us to be more careful and to make you aware that this thing really happens. Don't wait for something like this to happen again and let the hacker enjoy the money you have earned for months. Thanks for the concern by the way. Take care!
• Philippines
17 Dec 09
hello koala, this is very unfortunate. you have that much amount in your Paypal? kidding me right? you should have connected it with your bank already, what ever it is. and this is the main reason why, if you have reached more than ten dollars i suggest you already withdraw so that this will be prevented. i know paypal can do something about it since they have a call center here in our country.. change your password from time to time.
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
17 Dec 09
It is horrible that you ahve lost your hardearned money.I was not aware that such a thing can take place. Thanks for the warning.You will soon get your money back.Dont worry. I wish Paypal restores it to you somehow.
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• Philippines
18 Dec 09
Hello kalav. Yeah it really is horrible. Paypal is already doing something to the issue now and i am just waiting for it to be solved. If ever you have created multiple accounts with a single email add or password better change it or something like thid could happen to you too. Let us all take care especially this holidays. Take care!
@magtibaygom (4865)
• Philippines
17 Dec 09
Yeah, you're right. Make your password very difficult to guess. Also be careful in signing up with sites or responding to email account verifications. Not long ago, I received an email from a certain person claiming he is a staff of Yahoo Mail. He warned that they are deleting inactive accounts or accounts that are seldom used. And he demanded that I need to confirm with them that my account is active by replying and sending to them my name, birthday, occupation, address, phone number and Yahoo Mail password. They gave me a deadline, but I did not heed their warning. Deadline passed, and nothing happen. You see? This is a pharming or phishing scam. Be careful online. Also use good anti-virus and anti-spyware programs for added security.
• Philippines
17 Dec 09
Hello magtibaygom. Thank you for the helpful tips. I would be more careful next time though. I will just complete the checklist so that my case could be solve by the company. I think i received the same email too. I guess we just have to disregard those emails and be smarter than those stupid hackers.
@xJaiiDK (164)
• Philippines
17 Dec 09
it was 2nd time i came across your discussion. It really bugged me everytime I see your topic. :|. I just hope it will not happen to me in the near future.:(. Just take further caution with your accounts. hoping the best for you.
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• Philippines
17 Dec 09
Thank you JaiiDK. I f you want to avoid this situation, take further care on your accounts most especially in making passwords. My fault here was, i made a lot of account with the same email and the same password. Now, i learned my lesson but the hard way though. Now that you still have time, you could change them if you doubt that it might get be easily decoded. Just be more careful. Take care!
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@ybong007 (6659)
• Philippines
17 Dec 09
Well that really sucks! there are just people out there who don't know how to earn an honest living. i hope paypal will refund the amount. Cheers!
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• Philippines
17 Dec 09
Thank you for the comfort words ybong. I hope that culprit will be caught as soon as possible. I think i cannot sleep with this thought on mind. I just hope there will be no more victims like me and hackers will be caught off guard. They really ruined my day!
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• United States
17 Dec 09
thats so crazy i feel so sad for you i know how it feels to work hard and then noting or someone else mess it up. was your account verfild? if so i hope it didn't affect your back account.
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• Philippines
17 Dec 09
Hello persona_touch. It really is sad. I was like, "WTF" when i saw the unauthorized transaction. And hurriedly reported the matter to paypal. I just hope i could get through this problem and retrieve my not-so-big earnings that i saved for 6 months. Luckily, it was not verified yet since i don't have my bank account or any credit cards with me.
@skkalra (966)
• India
17 Dec 09
hello friend Its a jerk..You lost USD 50.0 this way, which you earned with your efforts..and what someone else could do is just wish you good luck to get back your stolen moneyto your account...Well, Paypal is a reputed company, hope, they will work with all thier means to know / trace back the hacker and penalise him / her for this inact...and you get back your money.. Though its a sad to learn, but thank you for sharing such information to the readers and so taking upmost care with thier account to avoid such cases.. Good Luck from all of US.
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• Philippines
17 Dec 09
Hi skkalra. The hacker is really a jerk. I think i won't sleep with this kind of situation. I just hope they could caught that a$shole and retrieve my fund back. I will update you what happened to my case. Take care.
• India
17 Dec 09
Hi friend,Its very sad,it shows the lack of Paypal.Paypal is also responsible in this case.In other words we can also say that our money is not safe into paypal account.I would definitely pray to God to get your money soon.You should keep try and contact paypal on regular basis. Happy Mylotting.
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• Philippines
17 Dec 09
Hello parminders. It is really sad especially this holiday season. I have already contacted the admin and requested for refund. I just they would grant my request as soon as possible. Don't get me wrong though. I trust paypal and their site but the thing is, this hacker hacked my account and made an unauthorized transaction. I just hope this culprit get caught right away.