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Friday September 24, 2004
12:48 PM

Credit Card Scams

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I will usually use unique email addresses for every web site I give an email address to. I recently got three credit card scam emails to an email address I have only ever used for

These are the kinds of emails that say "click here to verify your account information for eBay/Amazon/PayPal". You go there, it looks like the right site, you put in your CC#, and bam.

So how did this happen? Either Focus Camera broke its word and sold my email address to someone, or it had my email address stolen, which could mean my credit card information was also stolen.

I don't know because they have twice neglected to respond to my queries about the problem. I am contacting the Better Business Bureau -- whose logo appears on their site -- today if I don't hear from them in the next few hours.

Update: BBB says to wait 10 days to hear back from the vendor, I've waited only 7. I'll catch them middle of next week.

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  • Another option is that someone guessed your unique address. It happens sometimes.

  • collect email addresses at the border/backbone routers so that if it went over the wire at any point, it's probable they'd snag it. You'll have a hard time proving that the camera shop sold your info.
    • I don't think it ever did go over the Internet in plaintext. Regardless, is not about proving they sold it, it is about filing a complaint with the BBB, so other potential consumers can find out about problems that have occurred.
  • More likely, I think, is that some machine there got a Winfestation which trawled through the disk for addresses, which it then sent out to disreputable people. I suppose you can still blame the shop because they're dumb enough to choose to use Windows for handling customer data.