OMG... How Naive Can People Be?

United States
May 18, 2008 1:28pm CST
I just participted in a discussion here on MyLot: http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1511899.aspx#2_17147092 Basically, the author of the discussion was inquiring as to what to do with a PayPal e-mail he received, which read that his account has been limited, etc. I can't believe how many people actually told him they thought it was legitimate!! The first respondant actually said to go ahead and forward them ('them' = the originator of the e-mail, who may not be PayPal) a copy of his credit card information and a photo!!! I had no choice but to respond to them, and a couple others. I was going to ask them, "have you lost your mind," but I worded it differently so as not to appear rude. I don't want them to think I'm rude, only to know I'm concerned. I can't believe how naive people are. What's scarier is that these criminals sending these phony e-mails DEPEND on people like this!!! It angers me to no end!!! Do these people have their head in the sand? They have to, if they haven't heard of phishing e-mails by now!
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9 responses
• United States
18 May 08
Yeah, I wanted to talk to you about what you said in my response on the other discussion. I know that I, personally, never said anything about what you said either in this discussion or in my response on that discussion. Of course you don't just respond to these types of e-mails, duh! I never said anything about responding to them nor did I say anything about it being legitimate. In fact, I really didn't say anything related to what you commented on. I was talking about something totally different.
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• United States
18 May 08
You've also done this to me on other discussions, making a comment that is totally irrelevant to anything I have said. I mean, sometimes, you're way off the wall. I don't know even know if you were talking to me or not because it's totally divergent to what I said.
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@KrauseHome (36733)
• United States
18 May 08
It is Sad that there are so many people still out there who fall for these Scams, and never stop to think about that giving out their personal information like this could actually harm their Credit, and give people access to their account and money to which they never thought could happen. Unfortunately, there are many people out there these days trying to make a Quick buck, and identity theft if quickly becoming another one of these as well. All I can say is more people need to be Warned about things such as this, and take heed to these warnings. When we all take heed people will have to stop and look elsewhere. It is up to us I guess to help spread the word.
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@egdcltd (8814)
18 May 08
I get several of these emails every week. I've forwarded them all to spoof@paypal.com. NOT ONE has been genuine so far.
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@fjgamer (543)
• United States
22 May 08
You should never expect help from random people over the internet.
• Canada
19 May 08
Oh My Goodness. if they are actually telling this person these things they are just as crazy as the ones that send out these phony emails geepers. I have been getting an email supposedly from paypal saying that my account has been debited for over $300. 1. I dont' have anything in the paypal account they are talkin about 2. I don't buy from ebay and 3. I sent the email to Spoof@paypal.com and it is a phishing email and 4. the support email address to reply to in the email says Support@paypal.Inc.com and that isn't paypals support addy LOL these people need a reality check I think and I think more people who do marketing through emails should be sending out info on phishing scams. The more these scams keep getting replies the less the legit ones are going to make any money.
@juls2me2 (2151)
• United States
19 May 08
I agree with you how naive and trusting some people are. That's why there are so many cons out there preying on people and winning. Some of the scam emails people send can look so convincing. There were some recently that went around that looked like Real IRS Email notifications about the government incentive money, but the moment they start requiring personal information, social security number confirmations or bank information you must STOP right there and know its a phishing scam. Those requests should cause a big RED FLAG in your mind. I've found that most companies like pay pal, IRS, yahoo, banking institutions like Chase Bank etc. all have an email department for phishing scams. So when in doubt-- forward the email to their departments reporting the emails. They will respond to you within a few days verifying the fraud email. You can also call companies directly by using your contact number on your statements, not from the email. This is the best response when you know for sure or not, because the companies live to discover who sent the emails out and prosecute them for fraud.
@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
19 May 08
I'm working on a phising website. Yes, you won't believe the people that would give their information out. Actually paypal says right on their website that they don't ask for verification via email. So it is definitely a scam. I got a bunch of check cashing scams that I saved. I even got one from Bank of America to try to give them (which was a phising site) information. I have screen shots and I even saved the emails I got. I will be making a websites regarding these scams. Once again I will say: No you didn't win anything through that internet lottery, and no you don't have to verify your account because companies don't contact you via email to do that. Pablo
@Hatley (164220)
• Garden Grove, California
19 May 08
ihearttinytim some people are just too darned trusting and some of course are from other countries. we need to tell them do not divulage your private information to anyone the paypal scam is just that a scam so delete and do not give them anything. its not pay pal but a scam.
• Hyderabad, India
18 May 08
They are desperate to get their account activated thats their problem. One doubt can a person get his paypal account verified if he sends the photocopy of the credit or debit card which he is having to paypal. But paypal never asks for that information.