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Old 07-31-2007, 12:26 PM   #1
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Thumbs down New scam targeting pet forums - beware

This is showing up more and more. And most people know better than to fall for it. But if you are a soft-hearted, trusting type of person, please read this.

We seem to be getting more of the following type of post. A new member's very first post will be a link to a website which describes how someone else's dog is tragically sick and the how owner needs money to pay for an operation. Donations are requested by bank transfer to some foreign country or through some internet money handling system. Usually the poster is not the one who needs the money, but claims they donated and felt like they did a very good thing.

This is a scam - don't even think of sending money!

As a matter of fact, don't even try to find out more about how to donate money.

The last one of these we had recommended an internet money handling site that is located in Russia. If you provide your bank information or credit card information to such a site, there is a good chance they will try to clean out your account. I would not be surprised if even visiting such a site endangers your computer privacy, since the real crooks are known for downloading so-called "keyloggers" onto your computer. The next time you log in legitimately onto online banking or online credit card services, someone far away could be receiving your username and password.

Please be very wary. If you see a post like the one described, report it. And please be careful with any links in such posts. If you want to be extra careful, check the code by using the "quote" feature to see if the link is potentially dangerous. We do our best to keep the creeps off the site, but they are getting sneakier!
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