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Gisela Greenlee  Identity Verified
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Sep 4, 2008

I just had to share this one - I received an email today, obviously an attempt to defraud me, but the crooks made it even easier to know that this was not an official email; the email came from "service@paypail.com". Hmm, what is that payment service called again? The email went straight into the "pail".

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Florence B  Identity Verified
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Please, stay on topic Sep 5, 2008

I have deleted several posts in this thread because they
- were not on-topic (Rule 7 : Replies should not stray from the posted topic. When responding to a topic initiated by another member, stick to the topic as introduced. To change the discussion, it is necessary to post a new topic. "
- and/or were making a generalization about the people of a certain country (the fact that this country is usually associated with a certain kind of scam doesn't mean that all "the xxx-ians" are scammers or are not good at spelling, etc.). (Rule 1 : ...Postings ... that may be considered offensive by other users, will be removed without regard to the views expressed.)

Feel free to contribute to this thread, but please open a new topic if you want to speak about something else.

Thanks in advance.

[Edited at 2008-09-05 19:53]


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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
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I love it! Sep 5, 2008

Wouldn't it be nice if all fraudulent emails were that easy to spot? Unfortunately, many are well-crafted and all too plausible.

Thanks for sharing that, giselrike!

Jane


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Riccardo Schiaffino  Identity Verified
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How can an off-topic message be on-topic? Sep 5, 2008

Oddie wrote:

- were not on-topic (Rule 7 : Replies should not stray from the posted topic. When responding to a topic initiated by another member, stick to the topic as introduced. To change the discussion, it is necessary to post a new topic. "


Just out of curiosity (and I have no idea what others answered, since their messages were already deleted), but since this was an off-topic post - wouldn't one be off topic by posting on topic?


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Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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I will answer Sep 5, 2008

Deleted messages speculated on characteristics of particular nationalities.

Hope that clarifies it,

Uldis

Riccardo Schiaffino wrote:
Just out of curiosity (and I have no idea what others answered, since their messages were already deleted), but since this was an off-topic post - wouldn't one be off topic by posting on topic?


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Florence B  Identity Verified
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The subject was labelled "off topic" Sep 5, 2008

While it isn't "off topic" since it is indeed about safe computing (there is a separate "off topic" forum when necessary) - but in any case the answers must be relevant to the first post of the thread. This was not the case here - and the most important point was, as Uldis just said, that some of the postings included derogatory comments about a certain nationality, this is not allowed in any case.

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xxxJPW  Identity Verified
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Off-topic Sep 6, 2008

[I think you should send the e-mail to the real paypal, let them look into it.]

While it isn't "off topic" since it is indeed about safe computing (there is a separate "off topic" forum when necessary) - but in any case the answers must be relevant to the first post of the thread. This was not the case here - and the most important point was, as Uldis just said, that some of the postings included derogatory comments about a certain nationality, this is not allowed in any case.


That's the most Irish thing I have ever heard (am I being racist?)

People weren't generalising about certain nationalities, rather certain people have given themselves a bad name due to the amount of scams they produce and therefore have inadvertently caused their nationality to be associated with a certain type of scam, namely the 419.

IMO, all the postings were relevant and were following a logical line of argument. Then they were deleted.

Yours off-topicly,

Michael McMouse,

Baile Bogie.


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