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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex G View Post
    “Amazon” and “PayPal” send me stuff, all the time. Yesterday, it was “Bestbuy.” This happens. If I suspect that it is not phishing, I can simply go to the account, by the KNOWN GOOD route, and view any REAL notifications.

    I subscribe to a service, Credit Wise, that informs me, when anyone runs a credit check on me, or opens an account in my name, or when my information appears on the dark web. It is accessed through a VISA account.
    That’s what I do if I get an email notification. I’d rather go to the website rather than click the link. My wife gets phishing shit all the time. A lot of it can be foiled if you just look at the sender’s email. Yeah I don’t think the bank has a goofy Gmail account for this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex G View Post
    Do not take their bait. Do not even make a ripple, that lets them know that you really exist.
    I tell my elderly mother, if it sounds scary, just delete it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HCM View Post
    As noted in the article you linked, the OPM data breach was conducted by Chinese Intelligence. The OPM hack is far from the only possible vector for someone to steal your identity or $$ from your bank account and I doubt Xi Jinping needed the 20k.

    As for the OP - 100% the email was a phishing attempt. If you clicked on the link you may want to have your device checked for malware.

    A credit freeze is not a bad idea either.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rex G View Post
    I agree with HCM. This was almost certainly PHISHING. That is what happens when they do NOT really have your complete data, and are hoping that you will with take their BAIT.

    Just clicking on their link is a minor victory, as it confirms, to them, that there is a real, live fish. Actually telling them anything, on-line or by phone, is giving them more. Giving them as one more numeral or letter of your real data is a win, for them. If they get your mother’s maiden name, or the last four of your social, or, heaven forbid, your entire social and/or D.O.B., well, they have really won. Folks will see a phishing e-mail, then take the bait, and give them those identifiers, all too frequently.

    Do not take their bait. Do not even make a ripple, that lets them know that you really exist.
    Fellas, there was no link. It was a receipt. I Googled the school name on the receipt and it's a real elementary school, unless Google maps is also compromised. I then clicked the little "call" icon on the maps and got the school which had the exact same sale on the exact date of the receipt

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4RNR View Post
    Fellas, there was no link. It was a receipt. I Googled the school name on the receipt and it's a real elementary school, unless Google maps is also compromised. I then clicked the little "call" icon on the maps and got the school which had the exact same sale on the exact date of the receipt

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    Yes, an e-mailed receipt is a common form of phishing. It will have some details that are verifiable, as it gives “credibility” to the receipt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4RNR View Post
    Fellas, there was no link. It was a receipt. I Googled the school name on the receipt and it's a real elementary school, unless Google maps is also compromised. I then clicked the little "call" icon on the maps and got the school which had the exact same sale on the exact date of the receipt

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    The phisher-man wants you to respond, to straighten out the situation. The phisher-man will so very helpful, and friendly, to entice the victim to divulge the really juicy details that he needs, to clean out the bank account, open accounts in the victim’s name, etc.
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    We are not telling you not to report this to police, or to your creditors/banks/card issuers, BUT, do not be surprised if they devote little to no attention to solving your individual case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4RNR View Post
    Received an email receipt today for a $20 purchase from a PTO function at a elementary school. It was run through Square. The receipt showed the last 4 digits of the card and that it was a MasterCard

    I only have 2 cards and neither are Mastercard. Nor did I buy anything from a school in a different state.

    I have excellent credit history and don't want to lower my score. So far the card has not shown up on any at any of the reporting agencies But I already put a lock on all 3 reporting agencies and tomorrow morning I'm calling the school.

    Anything else I should do?

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    Call the school? The phisher-person might have access to the PTO’s or school’s databases. Such entities are notorious for having weak passwords. I would absolutely NOT call the school.

    Think of that line from the Miranda Warnings: Anything you say can and will be used against you…
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex G View Post
    The phisher-man wants you to respond, to straighten out the situation. The phisher-man will so very helpful, and friendly, to entice the victim to divulge the really juicy details that he needs, to clean out the bank account, open accounts in the victim’s name, etc.
    Respond to what?

    I'm not following. Here we have a real location, a real phone number to the real location and a real sale at that location. No links or phone number on the receipt, just the school name and address.

    I look up the name and address on Google maps and it's a real location. Google provides a phone number, which I call and get said school. None of this is one the email receipt. The school verified that they had a sale at the date and time of the receipt.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rex G View Post
    We are not telling you not to report this to police, or to your creditors/banks/card issuers, BUT, do not be surprised if they devote little to no attention to solving your individual case.
    I have no doubt. I just figured there would be something more serious then just a shrug.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rex G View Post
    Call the school? The phisher-person might have access to the PTO’s or school’s databases. Such entities are notorious for having weak passwords. I would absolutely NOT call the school.

    Think of that line from the Miranda Warnings: Anything you say can and will be used against you…
    The school or PTO would NOT have my information. It would be impossible. It's in the wrong state, one in which I've never lived in and I HAVE NO KIDS to enroll in any school in any state. Furthermore, I have no friends, relatives or coworkers in that state. I don't have any social media accounts aside from this one right here. NONE! Ever! So there isn't even some old account to hack. I also don't have an Amazon or eBay account so there are no passwords to share with anyone who might have compromised my info. I don't have any weird apps on my phone. I don't download shit or surf porn.

    My interest in tech peaked around 1998-2002. I bought a new work computer in April but it's strictly for work the only reason I got one is because the old one was from 2004 or so and got to the point of just being unusable. And I still have it so it's not in the landfill somewhere for someone to take.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4RNR View Post
    Respond to what?

    I'm not following. Here we have a real location, a real phone number to the real location and a real sale at that location. No links or phone number on the receipt, just the school name and address.

    I look up the name and address on Google maps and it's a real location. Google provides a phone number, which I call and get said school. None of this is one the email receipt. The school verified that they had a sale at the date and time of the receipt.



    I have no doubt. I just figured there would be something more serious then just a shrug.



    The school or PTO would NOT have my information. It would be impossible. It's in the wrong state, one in which I've never lived in and I HAVE NO KIDS to enroll in any school in any state. Furthermore, I have no friends, relatives or coworkers in that state. I don't have any social media accounts aside from this one right here. NONE! Ever! So there isn't even some old account to hack. I also don't have an Amazon or eBay account so there are no passwords to share with anyone who might have compromised my info. I don't have any weird apps on my phone. I don't download shit or surf porn.
    If you feel comfortable making this phone call, well, that is a risk that you assume.
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    You have more info about me than that school. It's impossible for them to have anything. If I'm missing something please don't be afraid to point it out.



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