Gut Rumbles

December 28, 2007

Who do I trust?

Originally published January 18, 2006

Yeah, I KNOW that should be "Whom do I trust" to be gramatically correct, but "whom" is one word I wish we would get rid of. Just like the stupid rule that says "never end a sentence with a preposition." Isn't THAT just about the dumbest rule of which you ever heard? By whom up was that one thought?) But I digress...

The point of this post is a disturbing string of emails I have received from Paypal. Someone in Europe appears to be trying to use my PayPal account for nefarious purposes--- namely buying something and charging it to me. I HAVE an account, but I haven't used it in quite a while, and most assuredly NOT in Europe.

I checked my account and Paypal has blocked all the bogus transactions. Good for them. But I also received an email ALLEGEDLY from Paypal asking me to send them my password to confirm my account. Call me paranoid, but I balked at doing that.

How do I know that I'm REALLY dealing with Paypal? How do I know that it isn't the THIEF trying to fool ME so that he can turn around and fool PAYPAL? How do I know that the insidious, greedy hands of GOVERNMENT aren't behind the whole scam? How do I install a Paypal button on my sidebar so that I can start blegging for tips and make sure that the money actually comes to ME instead of to some thief or to the government??? See? I was ALL kinds of confused.

I took the coward's way out. I snuck into Paypal through Google, found my account and changed my password. I'm pretty sure that I ended up in the right place that way.

Hey! Thief! The new password is "gofuckyourself."

I gotta admit one thing. If all the emails were legitimate, Paypal must have pretty good security. The would-be thief didn't score anything.

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