Isn’t this just as American as it gets: someone is tricked by a hoax email and gives up their PayPal username and password, and then sues Paypal when the authors of the hoax email take $1,600 from his account. My favorite part is that this guy is actually a computer parts salesman, and probably should know better than replying to an email request for his password. Alas, he didn’t, and now he’s trying to hold PayPal responsible.


The guy suing - Jim White - and the guy who gave up his password - Mike Syiek - are two different people with two different claims. Although the article wasn’t exactly clear on that.

• Posted by: Mike Wasylik on Jun 12, 2002, 11:56 AM

Hey Trackback. A suggestion. Why not ask the source rather than making absurd comments out of thin air? I am glad that reading a comment written by a writer after listening to a reporter makes you smart enough to judge my knowledge of computers. A wiser man, I have not yet met. If you want more information, why did you not ask me? Mike Syiek

• Posted by: Andovercg on Aug 19, 2002, 4:44 AM

OK, Mike, I’ll bite: how exactly was it that you surrendered your password to someone such that they were able to transfer money out of your PayPal account? Was it, as the reporter wrote, that you received an email asking you for your password and you provided it?

(And calling me TrackBack allows me to judge your knowledge of computers fairly…)

• Posted by: Jason on Aug 19, 2002, 8:18 AM

Jason, it seems you are too wise a man for me to manage in this forum. If you are interested in an answer, why not contact me directly. Clearly, there are many ways to find my email address.

• Posted by: andovercg on Oct 4, 2002, 8:50 PM
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