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Hotmail security issue?

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#1 fersum08


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Posted 30 January 2009 - 03:08 PM

I am new to the site, this will be my first post.
Please forgive me if I am in the wrong forum as my problem may cover several areas.

I will try and be a chronological as I can:

5 days ago I enter (my free) hotmail account to check my mail. I had recieved one piece of mail that stated that it was a receipt from paypal (service@paypal.co.uk) thanking me for my payment for a laptop from ebay@cashgenerator.co.uk.

I did not order a laptop. I checked my paypal account and there were two orders. The first being the one stated and another one for anothe laptop from a private seller on ebay.

I have had my paypal reverse the charges, contacted the two sellers and cancelled my switch card at the bank.

Although I was lucky enough to regain control over the transactions my reason for requesting help is this.

I am wondering how this whole fiasco happened in the first place. I am still a bit shaken up by the fact that someone has tried to impersonate me and nearly got away with it.

The address the laptop was to be sent to is actully less than five mins away from me. Is this a coincidence or has somebody used inormation found in my bin for example ( I always shred my paperwork)?

I need to find out what actually happened. Was my hotmail account cracked into? If so, was this where they were able to get my ebay account details or my paypal information? Was it a person who cracked in at some other point ie my ebay or paypal acount, which automatically sends out receipts to my hotmail account?

After changing my passwords and secret answers in all of the above accounts, is it reasonable to say that it will not happen again, at least by the same person? Are there any other suggestions?

Thanks for having the time to read my garbled account. Any information greatly appreciated.

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#2 garmanma


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Posted 30 January 2009 - 06:19 PM

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