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Pay Pal PHISHING email

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I've had a Pay Pal account for about 4 years with absolutely no problem and plan to continue using Pay Pal. 

However lately it has become the target of PHISHING where "official looking" emails come saying they're going to suspend the user's account, blah, blah, blah ..... if you DON'T UPDATE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION ..... and they so courteously supply a link for you to do just that. 

Am putting this email received this morning below so anyone reading this blog can get an idea of WHAT NOT TO RESPOND TO. 

Instead if you have a Pay Pal account simply launch your browser and go to https://www.paypal.com/ , plug in your sign in information and check it for yourself. 

PHISHING has become so common that I've gotten emails to update bank account with banks I don't and never have had an account with ...... so crooks will try anything no matter what you do on the net.


SPOOF PHISHING "PAY PAL" EMAIL which you NEVER click the link on, NEVER reply to.  Simply delete. 

Pay Pal NEVER sends out emails like this asking you for personal information.  Have forwarded many Spoof emails to them which reply with just that information.

__________________

"Dear PayPal Valued Customer,

PayPal is committed to maintaining a safe environment for its community of buyers and sellers. To protect the security of your account, PayPal employs some of the most advanced security systems in the world and our anti-fraud teams regularly screen the PayPal system for unusual activity.

We are contacting you to remind you that on May, 28, 2006 our Account Review Team identified some unusual activity in your account. In accordance with PayPal's User Agreement and to ensure that your account has not been compromised, access to your account was limited. Your account access will remain limited until this issue has been resolved.

In order to secure your account and quickly restore full access, we may require you to verify or update your Personal Information.
If you choose to ignore our request, you leave us no choice but to temporary suspend your account."

 

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Comments

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hosniComment by hosni - May 29, 2006, 10:43 am
I also get a lot of those messages that look like official from PayPal or eBay. When you get suspicious E-Mails forward them to appropriate agency for investigation. The addresses are: spoof@ebay.com
spoof@paypal.com . At times I also get messages that my AOL account needs updating. Then you forward those messages to tos@aol.com. If you get a message about your credit card provider, do not reply to the message questins asked. Call them right away and ask them if there really is a problem.     Escondido California John
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konaneComment by konane - May 29, 2006, 10:58 am
You're absolutely correct, I forward mine to the appropriate agency with "message source" cut and pasted so they can have all the info they need to track them down.

There's also 419.fcd@usss.treas.gov for those Nigerian scam emails.

Thanks Hosni!! You and yours have a wonderful week!!
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Comment by pacattack05 - May 29, 2006, 11:08 am
Thanx for the heads up. I got one exactly like the one you showed here, a few months ago.

I think that's how they tried to steal money from my Bank of America Account recently, after I made a purchase through Pay pal. Thank God Bank of America insures their customers from fraud. All charges were re-credited to my account. $1100.00 worth. I hope they fry whoever did this, and they said they would.
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konaneComment by konane - May 29, 2006, 11:20 am
Yes and the problem is they're so official looking which intimidates most people into believing them, wanting to rectify the problem so fall for the scam.

First one I ever got was when I was fairly active on ebay so knew my account was ok. Also along about that time a SPOOF EBAY email came in so knew it was BS too.

Pac, set your virus software to restrict you from going on sites that are "hacking and proxy avoidance" which may help you avoid problems in the future. On Trend it's under Network Control, url filtering.

Some folks figure why work for a living when you can steal it from others????????????
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bellyacheComment by bellyache - May 29, 2006, 1:51 pm
I get these a lot and it is very annoying. The only way I log into my Pay Pal account is from a fresh page and by typing in the URL. I also got one spoofing Amazon.
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konaneComment by konane - May 29, 2006, 2:09 pm
Read and may have posted an article which said in Nigeria which has been the most prolfic sending these things there are people who sit in internet cafes sending them out 24/7.

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