This is a story about how my PayPal account got hacked and how I got it back. I had an unlucky day but with a small tinge of lady luck's blessings which helped me to get back to square one particular. This story provides a fantastic assistance for all the PayPal account holders on earth.
Day 1 – eight.30 PM IST
I just logged in into my gmail account to verify the emails, I was shocked to see four emails from PayPal. 1. Password Changed, two. Payment sent to some e mail address three. Bank accounts removed four. Principal e mail address changed. Oh my God!, I had $X,XXX in PayPal balance. Even though I was seeing these emails my gmail also got logged out. When I attempted to login once again, it did not. The hacker watched my every single move. My principal e mail ID was the one particular which I utilized for all my enterprise and individual contacts and it had 14000 archived emails and chat conversations.
I was feeling like blindfolded and left in a unknown forest. I just could not think that this had occurred to me. I had Norton anti virus + norton online safety and Spyware medical doctor, each of them licensed versions!! I know all about fake emails and phishing stuffs, I by no means clicked on suspicious hyperlinks.
I realized that… “You are protected only if no one particular targets to attack you.”
Soon after a handful of minutes, a person added me to Yahoo messenger and stated 'Hi'. I guessed that it was the hacker and it was. The incredibly very first sentence he told me was 'Hi, never be concerned, you will get back every thing inside 7 days' .. He told me that he was a fantastic guy and this is the very first time he hacked a person. He also told me that he was in actual want of the funds and would return my funds inside 7 days. I virtually believed him. I told him to give back my gmail account and told him that it was incredibly vital to me, and to my surprise he gave it back. He asked me what password I required for the new account and he set it. I logged in and changed the password once again. I was satisfied that I got back my gmail but was nevertheless incredibly uncomfortable about the feeling that a person had watched me for so extended!!
I was late in the evening, I was sleepy but I had to hold on. I backed up all my files in my iPod and did a method recovery. Soon after 45 minutes, my Computer was as fantastic as new. I once again changed all the passwords and got back to sleep at midnight.
Day two – six.00 AM IST
I saw my buddy was on-line. I chatted with him and told him the whole story. He scolded me that I have not responded in timely style. He was so confident that the hacker was no fantastic and chatted with me to make confident I never contact PayPal. The hacker did not obtain that but even so he delayed me by 10 hours. I spent practically 30 minutes waiting for PayPal representative and then some one particular showed up. I told PayPal, the whole story and they listened meticulously. They assured me that 'I will not be held accountable for unauthorized payments sent from my account'. I felt fantastic but not incredibly fantastic, I was not so confident that I would get back the dollars. I did what I could have completed and I required to loosen up. I took rest from this situation.
Day three – 7 PM EST
I known as PayPal once again. It requirements a ton of patience to get connected with them. It took a handful of minutes to spot my account. They told me that “Your fraudulent payments had been reversed, did you verify your account”. I just jumped ideal there and was so satisfied. But I COULD NOT LOGIN into my PayPal mainly because the password was not with me! 🙁
I was not capable to reset my password mainly because the hacker also changed the safety inquiries! They advised me to send all the documents and they will assist to recover the password.
Soon after a handful of minutes the hacker came on-line once again. And LOL what nerves he got!!.. He asked me to send the documents to him mainly because he stated my account got restricted and requirements to be unlocked!! I refrained myself from speaking abusive words and just managed the scenario and logged out.
Day four – six PM EST
I logged in into yahoo messenger and I saw that the hacker had left me an offline message. Wow! he got frustrated I guess. He left me the PayPal e mail and password. I logged in and viola! I went inside my PP. Beautiful moment it was.. The balance was intact. The 4 fraudulent payments had been reversed. The account was restricted even though. I just printed the fax cover sheet and sent them the docs.
Day four – three PM IST
I got an e mail that my PayPal account has been restored. I right away went in and sent four major payments to my close friends and family members members. I could breathe now once again!
Now whats subsequent?.. every thing is back to square one particular! Now that I have learnt a fantastic lesson. If we feel a thing like “This can by no means take place to me” you essentially attract that scenario and inside a handful of days you recognize it… the dream comes correct.. even even though its a poor dream in this case.
I contacted me close friends and everybody told me that I want to kick out Norton and Spyware Physician and purchase Kaspersky mainly because thats what is very best in the marketplace. I went to that website and reviewed their solutions. They had anti virus and Net Safety 7.. The anti virus comes inbuilt inside Net Safety and therefore its sufficient to purchase the latter one particular. For one particular year it charges about $60 and for two years its about $95. I just purchased it ideal away and installed it, activated it. Once more I changed all my vital passwords.
Bottom line: If you feel it wont take place to you, one particular day it will take place, and you will feel about the day when you believed that it will not take place to you.
Now that I got my dollars back, but it may possibly not take place all the time to all the individuals. You just want to be on prime of it.