Two Serious Scam Warnings, Plus a bargain ;)

Two Serious Scam Warnings, Plus a bargain ;)
Randy’s Ramblings 21st April

In this post:
**Two Serious Scam Warnings

**Local meet confirmed :)

Do check the P.S.’s too )

**Two Serious Scam Warnings Plus a bargain

I wanted to send this straight out as I know a lot of
people fall for these.

I’ve just received 2 emails…
One supposedly from Pay’Pal
And the other from the IRS

Basically I know them both to be scams –
purely sent to get Ca$h from your
pocket into the scammers accounts.

Don’t ask me about the techy side of how they’ll
manage it – they just will if you cl’ck the links!

The First

Here it is:

From: “PayPal”
To: Not Set
Date: Apr 21 2008, 01:14 PM
Subject: PayPal – Notification of Account Limitation

Dear PayPal account holder,

PayPal is constantly working to ensure security of our customers
by regularly screening the accounts in our system.
We have recently determined that different computers have tried
logging into your PayPal account,and multiple password
failures were present before the logons. Until we can collect secure
information, your access to sensitive account features
will be limited. We would like to restore your access as soon as possible,
and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Why is my account access limited?

Your account access has been limited for the following reason(s):

April 20, 2008: We have reasons to believe that your account has
been accessed by a third party.We have limited
access to sensitive PayPal account features in case your account has
been accessed by an unauthorized third party.
We understand that having limited access can be an
inconvenience, but protecting your account is our primary concern.

(Your case ID for this reason is PP-931-2843-031.)

How can I restore my account access?

Please visit the Resolution Center and complete the “Steps to Remove Limitations.”
To visit the Resolution Center, please follow the link below:

An IP Code /

Completing all of the checklist items will automatically restore your account access.
Please do not reply to this e-mail. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered.

NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM / BULK folder,
that is because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider.
We are sorry for that inconvenience.

© Copyright © 1999-2008 PayPal. All rights reserved.


The PayPal one supposedly informs me that my account
is being limited, and I need to log in because somebody has
attempted fraudulent activity on my account.

They then apologise the inconvenience but require me to
secure my account information by clicking on a link
and going through the procedures at the PayPal have in
place to re verify the account sending the limitations.

What’s worrying about this e-mail is that the wording in the
information is very accurate.

On a couple of occasions I’ve had my account limited
with PayPal.
And this wording is the exact wording that they use.

But I know it’s a scam, and here’s why…
In the from and to and greeting parts of the address
[email protected] is incorrect.
To say’s ‘not set’, Where is PayPal would have my e-mail address
and the final part the big giveaway “Dear PayPal account holder”.

PayPal never write “Dear PayPal account holder,” they always
address you by the data they have. i.e. your name.

The final detail is the web link does not take one directly
to PayPal. But to some unknown site that is only identified by an IP address.

In all cases of any communication from PayPal regarding your account.
The simple thing to do is just log into your PayPal account by
opening a browser and logging in as normal.

If paypal have a message for you it will be shown there.

Never, I repeat, never click the links within these e-mails.


Second One

Here it is:

From: “IRS”
To: Not Set
Date: Apr 21 2008, 01:14 PM
Subject: Important Notification

We are pleased to inform you that upon reviewing your fiscal activity,
we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $372.31

To access the online form for your tax refund, please folow this link:

Your Individual Taxpayer Identification Number: 217 53 3569

Because this letter could help resolve any questions regarding your
exempt status, you should keep it in your permanent records.

If you distribute funds to other organizations, your records must show
whether they are exempt under section 497 (c) (12). In cases where the
recipient organization is not exempt under section 497 (c) (12), you must
have evidence the funds will be used for section 497 (c) (12) purposes.

If you distribute fund to individuals, you should keep case histories showing
the recipient’s name and address; the purpose of the award; the manner of section;
and the relationship of the recipient to any of your officers, directors,
trustees, members, or major contributors.

Natasha Morgan
Director, Tax Refunds Department

Copyright 2008, Internal Revenue Service U.S.A. All rights reserved. Letter 952 (DO/CG

The IRS one really made me laugh.

Firstly again from IRS,and their address is [email protected],
And the “to” says “Not set”.

So there’s the first giveaway.
secondly, it then goes on to inform me that after reviewing my
fiscal activity, They have determined that I am eligible to
receive a tax refund at $372.31.

There is then some unidentifiable web link and an individual
taxpayer identification number

Signed by Natasha Morgan director of tax refunds.
And finally, a copyright notice from the Internal Revenue Service, USA.

So why is this so hilarious.
Easy- I live in the UK, I pay my taxes to the UK government
Inland Revenue.

Not the Internal Revenue Service of the USA,
What’s more I pay in pounds sterling – not dollars

Therefore any refund would be in pounds sterling not in US dollars.
And frankly – I still haven’t submitted my return yet…. hehe

So naturally this one had me in stitches.
However, I realise that many of my friends & subscribers are in
the US of A. and could easily fall prey to these vicious individuals.

I’m not exactly sure how the US IRS Works.
However, I’m sure they wouldn’t send you an e-mail about
tax refund, so yet again.

I can only stress do not I repeat not,
click the links in these e-mails, if you receive any.


OK that’s it for the warnings.

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to start building your own list)
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And here’s the recommendation...
I bought this great set of videos with the intention of reviewing them
and letting you know my thoughts.
Long story short – I haven’t had chance to do a full review,
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So do take a look at what you get for just $7


**Local meet confirmed :)

I mentioned last week a meeting on the 28th April
If you are anywhere close enough to come to Northallerton
(That’s North Yorkshire, UK)

I’d love for you to come and mastermind with me.
No co’st except your own lunch (around a fiver)

There’ll be a small handful of us getting together to share what’s
working and see how we can help each other out.

I know for the majority of people reading this – it would be out of
the question … but if you are within travelling distance and can take
time out of whatever you normally do on a Monday – we’d love for you to
join us between 11am & 4pm

Well I’m very pleasantly surprised at how many people
have been
in touch :)
Around another 5 or 6 have expressed an interest in coming along.
I look forward to meeting up with then all.

If you’ve enquired – do let me know if you are definitely able to come,
I’ve had a very successful marketer get in touch, and I’d love to
confirm numbers in the hope of securing his attendance, as we could all
learn a great deal from him.

Shout me via my support desk for more details

Or pop into Forum Know How and look for the ‘Master Mind Meetings’
BTW – If you’re not a member there….

Take a look nowRobert has lowered the price to just
$10 a year
So no pitch – it’s not a lot for what you get!


**Sign Off

As ever —
ONLY grab things that are going to help you…!
Here’s hoping you’re …..
Loving Life, Living it with Passion, And Passing it on!

Til next time
Warm Regards to You and Yours,
From Me and Mine.
P.S. - P.S. – I’m still playing with my latest software purchases….
So far I can tell you I love Dragon Naturally Speaking
(Do a search on google – But I will say I found the best price on amazon)
Great for dictating instead of typing — especially with my 2 finger typing.
(One of which is usually resting…lol)

Meanwhile here are the two forum links I mentioned last week.
SSP is much much more than just a forum – but hey, just grab the free
report and take a look for yourself :)
And ‘forum know how’ is just silly not to for $10 !
ahere are the link to SSP And FKH to see if they can help you get
nearer your goals…

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    Randy, just a quick heads up…

    Michael Gunn has temporarily closed Aweber Unleashed, but it will be live again soon.

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  6. Miltski, 24 April, 2008

    Thanks Randy for letting us know about these Scams. I’ll have to keep my eyes open.
    Wish I was coming to your Meeting but I’m not in the Uk a the mo.


  7. Carol Smith, 24 April, 2008

    Just had to leave a few notes regarding the IRS for USA readers.

    They never send emails to you unless you are an authorized preparer and then you have a password.

    They never call you on the phone. Are you kidding? You can barely get through to them.

    IRS notifies by mail and there is little question about its origin.

    The only other way they will contact you is perhaps a knock on the door but that is only if you have been very bad and you will know that because you have been ignoring their letters.

    Carol Smith, EX-tax preparer

  8. Robin Skeen, 26 April, 2008

    I will repeat what Carol said because I think it needs emphasized: The IRS of the USA will NEVER NEVER E.V.E.R. send an e-mail to a taxpayer about their account. Obviously this garbage works or the scammers wouldn’t keep doing it. Again – NEVER will anyone receive a legitimate e-mail from the IRS about your account and especially when it includes what looks like a Social Security number. Also, agreeing with Randy, NEVER click on a link in any e-mail. Go to the site instead (i.e., paypal).

  9. Tina Lindgren, 04 December, 2008

    Hi Randy
    You lovely man – thank you for warning us about SCAMS – Its brilliant and A great service.

    I remain your Loyal Fan :-)


  10. Gary Packer, 05 December, 2008

    Hello Randy,

    An informative post, as always.

    There seems to be another scam going around, I have had two so far. An email is sent informing me that one of my mailboxes has reached its limit. When I open the email, it says that my mailbox limit has been exceeded. It then goes on to give me a link to click to change the allowance. This link asks for my password to my mailbox, which is required to change the limit.

    I know better. I checked before I clicked on the link and I was nowhere near full.

    This got me thinking that if I had given my password the scammers could have used my email address for all sorts of reasons. As it is, some of my other email addresses have been phished, but my hosting company says not to worry about them because the headers are wrong.

    But, if they had my email address, with the password, then my hosting account could have been blocked because of persistent spam. That’s not what anyone would want (except the scammers cos it won’t hurt them).

    Just beware if any of you get the same warnings about full email accounts.

    By the way Randy, I would love to come to Northallerton for your meeting, but 600 miles for a round trip and 12 hours driving is a little bit excessive. Maybe next time I’m visiting relatives up north and there is a meeting scheduled. Perhaps I could combine the two. We’ll see.

    Kind Regards and keep up the good work.


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