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Response to an email identified as coming from Paypal
Published on October 18, 2006 By jesseledesma In Internet
Ever since all this conflict with muslins and mexican immigrants started I have been concerned about the possible back lash from govenment entities and private companies against people of race.

About a week ago I recieved an email from some one claiming to work for PAYPAL. The emial is listed here after my respnse.

I am about as non-consequential as you can get. The american government has no case against me and no reason to fear me.

The email claims they are taking the action they are taking because of their cooperation with American federal govenment. Since I know I am of no consequence to any one, the only reason I can see for this email is my spanish last name.

Let me tell you I have very little patience for biggots and racist. Thats why I wrote the respnse I did to the email that was left as a contact email.

I post it here as a reminder of how easy it is to judge people just on superficial basis such as name and birth place.


MY RESPONSE
This is a response to an email that stated in its content that my account with your company is frozen because of cooperation with the American federal government.

I cannot see any reason why the American governemt would have any problem with me.

The only reason I can see that adminsitrators and/or staff of Paypal and Ebay may have trouble with me may be my spanish last name.

This is my response to your request for information to verify my identity.

Keep your racist and biggoted attitudes to your self. I neither need paypal nor Ebay.

I not will spend any of my money at comapnies that hold such racist attitudes.

EMAIL IN QUESTION

Dear jesus lopez,

PayPal as a regulated financial services company is required under law
to assess its customers against certain lists of individuals and
entities which have had sanctions imposed against them. PayPal as a
financial institution is required to comply with these regulations in
multiple jurisdictions where we do business.

Where a potential name match is identified, PayPal's policy is to lock
the account and request further identifying documentation. The decision
to lock your account has been taken solely by PayPal in line with its
compliance policy in regards to the legislation covering financial
sanctions

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, however, in order to
regain access to your account, please follow these instructions and
provide the requested documentation within the next seven (7) days:

1. Provide a copy of a government-issued photograph identification
(i.e. passport, driver's license) that provides date of birth; AND
2. Provide a copy of a utility bill verifying your address; AND
3. Include your email address on all copies; AND
4. Fax the information Attention: Compliance to +303-395-2802; OR
5. Mail the documents to the following address:

PayPal Inc, Attention: Compliance
P.O. Box 45950
Omaha, NE 68145
United States

PayPal currently does not accept scanned documents. Reply to this e-mail
with all questions at BoEappeal@paypal.com.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Sincerely,
Michael
PayPal Compliance Department
PayPal, an eBay Company



Comments (Page 1)
on Oct 18, 2006
muslin


With an 'm', actually, unless they're racist against cotton.


The name matching is going to be much more common amongst hispanic- and arabic-named persons, yes. It is unfortunate that the actions of others taints the good names of the innocent, yes.

Correct me if I'm making an unfounded assumption, but Jesus Lopez would be a fairly common name. Perhaps not as common as John Smith, or Mohammed (anything), but...

If you feel the (federal) policy in general is racist... okay. Your opinion. But if it's just this one instance? Seems a little narrow sighted to me. I'm assuming, of course, that the email you received is legitimate and it reflects actual federal policy (law). It would be erroneous to blame eBay/Paypal for following federal law, IMO.
on Oct 18, 2006
my spidey sense is tingling

its not a scam?
on Oct 18, 2006
I am willing to bet that the email didn't even come from PayPal and you've just been scammed into providing verification of your email address to spammers. You've probably been suckered.
on Oct 18, 2006
You've probably been suckered.


no probables here, you have been suckered.   
on Oct 18, 2006
Good lord... have we really gotten so paranoid that we would believe it when they say the government is freezing the assets of everyone named Jesus Lopez??? Did you check to see if you were actually locked out of your Paypal?

Scammer? Probably. This also sounds like a great election year dirty trick, frankly.
on Oct 18, 2006
I get e-mails claiming to be from eBay and Paypal every single day. I ignore them all, they are all scams.

on Oct 18, 2006
i get...tons of penis enlargement email spam. (sry its random but lol )
on Oct 18, 2006

I have gotten notice my paypal account was "hacked" and they needed my information to re-open account.

name, social security number, address, and  home with work phone number.

 

Boy was I upset, my account hacked!!

 

the only thing is, I have no paypal account, never have had one.

on Oct 18, 2006
PayPal is one of the few companies you can trust. What you cannot trust is email. If you check the address where the email came from you will find out it isn't PayPal. Your Spam Blocker will take care of the problem. You did what they wanted you to do. Now they have your info.
on Oct 18, 2006
That is harsh, man...
on Oct 18, 2006

PayPal Inc, Attention: Compliance
P.O. Box 45950
Omaha, NE 68145
United States


Me thinks this should have been the first obvious & visible clue right here. They're out of California for one thing.

The only thing lamer than the people who send these are the people who actually buy into it without even bothering to check it out.
on Oct 19, 2006
Submit your story to the editor at the the Daily Sun. They might be able to provide you some solid media support.
I can just see the headline now...."Dow Slips As Ebay Demands That Jesus Confirm His Identity!"


on Oct 19, 2006

It's a scam.

Nothing more...nothing less.

All they want is a legitimate identity of an Ebay/Paypal customer - whatever....so that YOU GET THE BILLS.

Put ALL Ebay/Paypal/Bank communications into the trash where they belong.

Your bank will phone you....and the others can be contacted by YOU contacting them direct.

Never respond via a link from one of 'their' emails.

Ever.

on Oct 19, 2006
That email smells phishy to me!
on Oct 19, 2006
I have a very anglo last name...and I got an email too. Not just like this one, but close.

Could it be real?

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