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Old 07-09-2014, 09:51 PM
 
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I recently logged into my bank account to notice a number of paypal transactions to a variety of different social media / dating sites. It turns out my paypal account was hacked and the purchases were made from a foreign IP. I don't understand this scam. How does it benefit the hackers?
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Old 07-10-2014, 06:08 AM
 
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I recently logged into my bank account to notice a number of paypal transactions to a variety of different social media / dating sites. It turns out my paypal account was hacked and the purchases were made from a foreign IP. I don't understand this scam. How does it benefit the hackers?
Did you fall for a phishing scam? What is Phishing | Phishing Scams | Report Phishing Scams

If not was your paypal logon the same as your ebay logon?

The benefit is in your question, they used your paypal account and purchased things with your money.
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Old 07-21-2014, 05:27 AM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
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Did you fall for a phishing scam? What is Phishing | Phishing Scams | Report Phishing Scams

If not was your paypal logon the same as your ebay logon?

The benefit is in your question, they used your paypal account and purchased things with your money.
^What Dave said... Hackers usually get Paypal passwords by sending out phishing emails then if you click on the link and log into the fake login page they get your user name with password. I've gotten a lot of those phishing emails before, including one by a seller who tried to trick me into thinking a second email for the same transaction was sent by ebay.

Recently, there was also an alert with advice to change your EBay password because hackers got a hold of some account information, so, if you're like a lot of people who use the same password for your EBay & Paypal accounts, as Dave has implied, that could be how your Paypal account password was taken.
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