LifeinAsia - 3:36 pm on Mar 22, 2010 (gmt 0)
3. offer people using those email accounts PayPal, which validates their members
PayPal's "validation" of members means absolutely nothing. We were scammed by a verified PayPal member who paid with a credit card that was later reported as stolen. Out the money and because of PayPal's hiding behind "privacy concerns" (I never did understand why in the U.S. criminals have more rights than victims, but that's a different rant), we have insufficient information for tracking down the criminal.
By the way, that scammer used a Yahoo e-mail address.