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Subject: Wierd PM
Date Posted: 3/30/2011 11:29 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2009
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I got the weirdest pm sometime last week here is what it said

"Hello
Hello. My name is Pamelia, how are you? I saw your add today and decided to contact you for a reason that I would like to discuss with you when I hear from you, hope to hear from you as soon as possible for us to discuss the details. i will like you to respond to my email address for better communication pamelia2ka@yahoo.com
Pamelia"

Well as far as I know I have no ad going.  I just had a baby and have not been really active on the site.  Most books I get our ones I'm getting from my sister or a few that I have wl'd I've not been really putting my book back on the site recently.  So there would have been no ad about books going or coming.  Secondly why the heck would she give me her real email???? 

I went to her pbs profile and the account is closed already or suspended should I worry about this or just leave it alone?   

Date Posted: 3/30/2011 11:38 PM ET
Member Since: 12/31/2009
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Just some random scammer. Someone else got the same PM a few days ago.



Last Edited on: 3/30/11 11:38 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/30/2011 11:38 PM ET
Member Since: 1/23/2009
Posts: 3,041
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This is a spam ad, so her account probably contacted a few other members too. If you get messages like this one, report them to the PBS Team by sending in feedback. 

Date Posted: 3/31/2011 12:04 PM ET
Member Since: 7/28/2006
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I had several people PM me to ask about the same message.  Definitely spam.

Date Posted: 3/31/2011 12:24 PM ET
Member Since: 2/2/2010
Posts: 1,206
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Can anyone explain this to me?  I assume they are looking to collect emails, can they really "sell" them for profit?  I have the same issue with Craigslist, and maybe I am just old but I don't get it.  



Last Edited on: 3/31/11 12:35 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/31/2011 12:29 PM ET
Member Since: 7/12/2010
Posts: 4,177
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@ Margaret-

Plug "how to make money collecting email addresses" into your favorite search engine.  You will be amazed.

Oh and while your at it, what is your personal e-mail address? wink

-RD

Date Posted: 3/31/2011 12:35 PM ET
Member Since: 2/2/2010
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Thanks Rob - maybe I will work on making some vacation cash!

Date Posted: 3/31/2011 5:41 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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LOL Rob.

I've received several variations on that theme.  I would not answer, just forward them to PBS admin. 

Date Posted: 3/31/2011 6:03 PM ET
Member Since: 4/24/2009
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I contacted PBS admin regarding the e-mail. They e-mailed me back saying they closed the account. Definitely SPAM. :(

Date Posted: 3/31/2011 7:44 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2005
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I got one of those PMs too. I think 'Pamela' just went to the members list starting with those whose first name begins with "A" and kept going until she was closed down. By the time I got home from work and read my PM, that account had already been closed.

Date Posted: 3/31/2011 11:17 PM ET
Member Since: 9/11/2005
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The one that I keep getting or some variant is suposedly saying that I have won some outrageously large sum of money---usuallly in the millions of dollars.  If you look into it, they want a fee, sometimes fairly large to grease the wheels or something.  I get variants of this on the phone, too.

Date Posted: 4/1/2011 4:08 AM ET
Member Since: 1/10/2009
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I think it's called the Nigerian Scam (or spam), since that's where the first ones were postmarked, back when Snail Mail was all the thing, "I am the widow of the former Treasurer of the Republic of Whereever and only I have the secret number to the Swiss bank account that my late husband set up to keep the country's funds safe. If you will just kindly send me your bank account information, I will happily, out of the goodness of my heart, send you a big chunk of it." Or something along those lines...
Date Posted: 4/1/2011 3:35 PM ET
Member Since: 7/28/2006
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And yet, you'd be amazed by how many people fall for that scam. 

The big one I think right now are "phising" emails.  Those are the ones that legitimately look like they might be from an actual company and then send you to a bogus site and ask for your personal information.  People will give it to them because they think it is a real email from that company.  I get phising emails for UPS, eBay, and PayPal all the time.  They all go directly in the trash. 

Date Posted: 4/1/2011 8:20 PM ET
Member Since: 1/10/2009
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Thanks, Alisa, I didn't realize that there were now PayPal ones.
Date Posted: 4/1/2011 9:11 PM ET
Member Since: 7/28/2006
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Oh yeah, I get them all the time, maybe once every 2 to 3 weeks.  The key is to always log into PayPal yourself, never use a link sent in an email.  And if you get a phising email, forward it to spoof@paypal.com so they can do their best to investigate it and try to disable the site it links to.