On Sun 17 Jul 2005 14:43, Michele Neylon:: Blacknight.ie wrote:
> A lot of them are extremely well crafted. An example paypal one:
I agree that the PayPal phishes are very well done.
I've been getting quite a good one from eBay,
claiming I bought a Rolex watch and asking for payment.
I actually wrote to eBay, or rather tried to,
but it is almost impossible to get past their automated responses.
In the end I got a note that my message had been received.
but I haven't heard any more from them.
(That was a couple of month's ago.)
I don't think eBay/PayPal are doing a very good job
of defending themselves or their users,
eg I've never received email from them
advising me how to combat phishing on their sites (or pseudo-sites).
> >Are many people caught by these?
>> I'm not sure, but I would imagine quite a few.
> As an online retailer we are hit by fraudsters on a regular basis. In most
> cases the fraud is via credit card, with the fraudster in some instances
> placing multiple orders within a short time interval.
But don't you wait until you have received the money
before sending the goods?
Isn't this more or less equivalent to cheques that bounce?
> > One would have to be reasonably stupid, I would have thought.
>> I think the more appropriate word would be "naïve".
You are quite right.
That would have been a much more appropriate word.
Incidentally, I recall reading that in the US
dealers can link credit card numbers to postal addresses,
and won't send goods to a different postal area,
which means the fraudster has to be in the same street
or at least close by.
That has always seemed to me one very good argument
for Ireland having postal codes.
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