It was quite a surprise to get an email from PayPal on Thursday thanking us for using our account with them to purchase "Vintage Photo Sexy College Girls 1990's or 2000's" on eBay.
My goodness, we've grown so forgetful we didn't even remember bidding on this classic for a mere $556.48. We were very grateful to see there apparently was no charge for shipping and handling.
Actually, there is a slight chance we didn't order this tome since the email allegedly from PayPal was addressed to six other folks at The Maui News, too. Apparently, there is a lot of interest in Sexy College Girls at our office.
There were various parts of the email underlined in blue where one could click and find out a bit more about the order. We were content to leave them unclicked, though, because it said right there in the email that the seller was firstname.lastname@example.org and that he lives in Glendale United States. Yup, old topseller doesn't even live in a state, just "Glendale United States."
There was really no need to contact him or PayPal anyway because the email said we had already sent the $556.48 USD to a fellow named Mark Home. That must be topseller's real name. Surely there wouldn't be a phony name in an authentic-looking email like this one.
On the off chance that emails like this aren't legitimate, we'd recommend to readers that anytime you receive one like it, an excellent spot for it is your computer's trash can.
There are an awful lot of folks out there phishing for personal information from you, particularly banking records and payment accounts. Don't give that information to them.
The best way to avoid being a phish is just don't take the bait.
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