From: Dom Lachowicz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Oct 25 2002 - 10:09:08 EDT
I'm duty bound to let you all know that the AbiWord Fund/Tip Jar has
been robbed approximately three weeks ago. I'm telling you this now,
rather than sooner, since I believed that Paypal would do something
about my complaints during the interim, and that this would all be
resolved quietly. Today, 23 days later, this does not look like it will
Despite my repeated phone calls, emails, faxes, etc... to Paypal, I
have not heard a response from them, let alone a positive one where
they say "you're getting your money back." They have not even
acknowledged my complaint tickets with so much as an automated email.
Paypal is not a bank, so they do not operate under the same rules and
conditions as a bank (let alone the government regulations and FDIC
stuff), and as such, I have minimal recourse against them at the
moment. Their silence implies to me that they are treating this matter
as if I got mugged on the street, rather than as if someone walked into
their bank and withdrew my money without my consent. What further
enrages me is that someone tried to withdraw $1200 from my credit card
the day before. Thankfully, that party failed.
Evidence of this is http://www.abisource.com/~dom/paypal_scam.png
I *do not* recommend emailing Jun Jiang, as his camera was bought
illegally using our money. He is a victim of this too, albeit to a much
lesser extent. I do however, recommend doing several things:
1) Writing to Paypal, in letter, email, or fax form alerting them to
2) Calling Paypal on AbiWord's behalf.
3) Writing or calling your Congressman/woman, pointing out that Paypal
is acting like a bank, but not operating under formal banking laws.
4) Boycotting Paypal because of these reasons, and the fact that their
system is notoriously insecure, and encouraging others to do the same.
More information on how to do so, including some horror stories are
available at http://www.paypalsucks.com
My username: email@example.com
Paypal transaction number: #42V44263PP357062S
Ebay transaction number: #1383584373
FYI, the Fund is currently at $206 instead of about $800 thanks to this
cretin. This puts a serious damper on my hopes of re-establishing a
bi-weekly patch prize.
And to whomever stole nearly $600 from an OpenSource, not-for-profit
organization's bank account to buy a lousy camera, FUCK YOU. Pond scum
now has something to look down upon. Orphans and elderly women beware!
Enjoy your new SONY PEG-NR70V CLI…÷ PDA /MP3/Camera
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