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  1. PayPal scam

    One way they apparently do it is to overpay using stolen card details, the payment is made and then they get onto contact apologizing about the overpayment and requesting a refund of the overpayment by wire using a money order. The physcology is that the Hotel won't be out of pocket as they are only refunding the overpayment. Apparently an oldie but goldie. I like the Russian proverb Доверяй, но проверяй (Trust but verify) ETA JustJust found this explanation of a variant of this scam, look at the wire scam part https://due.com/blog/credit-card-processing-scams/
  2. PayPal scam

    Just to clarify my previous responses and after rereading the thread in order. I agree with this in the context of the OP's example which is a simple lower quality data spoof and is designed to maximize the quantity of the responses, bung out a million and get a 100 responses would be a result. My previous replies were given in the context of the other scenario, raised by Dor, where deliberate errors are sometimes introduced to elicit a quality of response. To of avoided confusion I should of made this clearer in my previous replies. The term "context is everything" comes to mind.
  3. PayPal scam

    That is another but far more sophisticated technique where your basic details are already available to the scammers e.g account name and email. The sophisticated part comes in being able to identify when you have transacted with your account and, preferably, what type of transaction. With these small bits of information they can contact you, the clever part is in contacting you a a point in time where it seems very plausible that there should be contact and your suspicions are lowered. It can be very big money being talked about which brings with it, sometimes, a large investment in infrastructure. I myself have been close to being drawn in after changing a bank account password and pin with the help of the banks security team via phone. About 20 mins after doing this I was phoned and asked to confirm the details I had given earlier, fortunately my experience prevented me from giving this info. I checked at a later time (left it for 2 hours as scammers will sometimes hang onto you phone line without you knowing it hoping to get some further info ) with the banks anti fraud team and it was confirmed that it had not Been from them. It can be very sophisticated other times it's not.
  4. PayPal scam

    But it is scientific at the top end. Universities do offer courses in data security analysis 20 years plus largely in corporate data security. Just did a quick Google check and I suspect that are many other courses that may be nearer to your analysis of the situation, not necessarily fake but not necessarily of much use. However that does not mean that there are not bona fide courses available
  5. PayPal scam

    There are multiple techniques of which the one I described is only one albeit a popular one. It objective is elicit responses from the more gullible I. E obtain a quality response as apposed to a quantity response There are many other techniques, including the emulation one you describe, that are seeking a different response Base.
  6. PayPal scam

    It's to do with data analysis and filtering. The introduction of errors greatly reduces the response level but greatly increases the 'quality' of the responses I. E those that do respond are more likely to be gullible. After all why waste time on intelligent people when your success rate is dependent on finding gullible people. This technique allows the non gullible to filter themselves out of the response data, which is a result for the phishers and scammers. As I said it is a known technique, here's a link to just one security forum discussion on the subject. Microsoft did a detailed report on this technique some years ago https://security.stackexchange.com/questions/96121/why-do-phishing-emails-have-spelling-and-grammar-mistakes
  7. PayPal scam

    No it is done on purpose. It is used to specifically limit the number of responses to those that are more likely to be suckered in. The less vulnerable are more likely spot the grammatical errors and not respond. The scammers would rather only deal with the vulnerable as they have a greater chance of obtaining a result. Basically it is a way of reducing the scammers work load. Known and unfortunately proven technique.
  8. Battery relocation

    Dear Jen just taken delivery of 4 new batteries and have the same setup as your old setup. When can you pop up to relocate my new batteries for me , can pay up to £4.00. Hope this is not an imposition. Seriously that's a nice job you did. You do know that I will feel guilty now when I put my new set into the old location.
  9. Odd CRT email about moorings increases

    OT Many years ago whilst working in the banking sector IT a special product was created for the top 5% of the banks customers this involved creating a mail merge template to send out an invite to the top 5% to join, unfortunately the name merge didn't quite work and all of the selected customers received a letter headed with the developers test heading which read "Dear Rich Basta*d we invite you...." Twasn't me by the way
  10. Hard Hat Required Under Bridge

    I'm thinking Country File calendar 2019 competition? Nice photo
  11. Was my face red?

    Far Too Wit(ty)
  12. Kids on phones.

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  13. Bilateral Worlds.

    South Shields Marine tech was a parallel universe also. A very fine town
  14. That was my layman's thought but as it was the very last job required to get my rcd certificate I didn't argue. Was only about 18ins long and was a pain to retrofit. If it is required to meet the letter of the law then it's preferable to install it a fit out stage rather than find out later. My surveyor was very strict about everything for which I thank him now 13 years later.
  15. Please would the more experienced correct me if I am wrong about this but I was told that I had to use 4.0mm ac cable and not 2.5mm cable between my victron multiplus inverter and the rcbo. This was because theoretically the multiplus could merge multiple inputs I. E mains, generator and battery. Only reason I mention it is because I was told this after I had wired up and boxed in the units so modifying it was a pain in the... Best to install it correctly in the first place.