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Another scam: Reader Lynn Isaeff of Nevada City sent an e-mail to alert readers to something that happened to her this week after she ordered something on eBay. Lynn purchased two items, used PayPal and did her payments over secure sites. Then, over lunch, she was listening to Clark Howard on KNCO talk about Internet fraud – and she had read in The Union about the local man who got a letter asking for $19.95 to see if he may have won a contest. The radio host said that bogus sites claiming to be your bank or a business you deal with want you to log on to them via their e-mail message. If you provide account info or passwords, these phony sites instantly have your personal information – opening you up to major fraud activity. I’ll quote Lynn at this point: “Then, early this afternoon I received an e-mail message appearing to come from eBay security … I think if I hadn’t just heard about fraud on the radio, I would have opened the link and really been in a mess. Instead … I sent it to eBay’s security department. They responded and told me it was a fraud.” Lynn warns that anyone who receives an e-mail asking to verify their identity should go directly to the company’s Web site on a separate browser window and see if they were trying to contact you. Good advice.

Where’s George? Laurie Trembley of Penn Valley said she also received a “Where’s George” bill for tracking, but hers was a $5. It had originally been tracked from a Stop-n-Go store in Rockford, Ill., and had traveled 1,685 miles in 126 days. Isn’t that amazing? She sent it up to her 12-year-old nephew, who lives in San Jose.

Reader question: Pat and Sandy Scull of Lake Wildwood have a dilemma. During the past 10 days or so they have received several telephone calls. When they pick up the phone, they hear a slow beeping sound. After hanging up they can’t use the phone for at least 15 seconds because the beeping continues. Any ideas what’s causing that? My phone mystery is a dedicated computer phone line that rings at least once a day. When we pick it up, there is nothing. No dial tone, no sound. Someone trying to contact us from the afterlife? Weird. Anyway, if you know what’s happening to Pat and Sandy’s phone, let me know.



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Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at dixier@theunion.com, or by fax at 477-4292.


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