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Originally the "Tech Support Pits" were reports of the funniest tech support incidents, but over the years the column gradually shifted to answering tech support questions put forward by the readers of the Dear Webby Humor Letter.

This collection of computer and web advice was started partly because readers demanded an archive, and partly because some questions were asked again and again. Each page has a different day's Tech Support Pits column.

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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
08/01/05: phishing at the PayPal pond

Tech Support Pits:
From Bonnie=== Dear 'Webby': I know you've touched on correspondence from PayPal in the past, but of course, I don't remember what you said! I received a notice to update my info with them today at the link below (which is in German, by the way, when I click on it). Any thoughts on whether they're who they say they are? The msge said to update by Aug 2 or my account will go into suspension. I know your knowledge is vast; maybe you can help me. Thanks! PS. It would not hurt to post a heads-up to the newsletter. Bonnie Dear Bonnie That's just some crooks trying to con you into giving them your PayPal password and info. PayPal will NEVER ask you for that info. They already know it! The same goes for Ebay or any bank. Forward PayPal spoofs to If you do feel compelled to fill it out, use totally bogus info. If some politician sends you junkmail, use his or her name and email address, and make up the rest of the info. It will just waste the crook's time, since it is highly unlikely that you correctly guess that politician's password. (unless you type in "password") Have FUN! Dear Webby
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