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Kidhuman
01-30-2005, 07:47 PM
Just thought I would give you guys a heads up on this. I got this email from paypal(which is a scam) to an email address I dont even associate with paypal. I emailed paypal with a copy of it to see what they have to say about it.






Dear PayPal valued member,

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.

Recently, 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.

To restore your account please click on the link bellow:

http://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_login-run

If you fail to restore your account access by the date
shown below, your account will be closed.

This notification expires on the 1st of February, 2005.

Kidhuman
01-31-2005, 08:37 AM
Here is the response I got from them:





Thank you for contacting PayPal.

Thank you for bringing this suspicious email to our attention. We can
confirm that the email you received was not sent to you by PayPal. The
website linked to this email is not a registered URL authorized or used
by PayPal. We are currently investigating this incident fully. Please do
not enter any personal or financial information into this website.

If you have surrendered any personal or financial information to this
fraudulent website, you should immediately log into your PayPal Account
and change your password and secret question and answer information. Any
compromised financial information should be reported to the appropriate
parties.

If you notice any unauthorized activity associated with your PayPal
transaction history, please immediately report this to PayPal by
following the instructions below:

1. Log in to your account at https://www.paypal.com/ by entering
your email address and password into the Member Log In box

2. Click on the Security Center at the bottom of the page

3. Click on 'Report a Problem'

4. Select the Topic: Report Fraud

5. Select the Subtopic: Unauthorized use of my PayPal Account

6. Enter your question in the 'Summarize your question in one
sentence' box

7. Click Continue

8. Follow the instructions to access the appropriate form

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us again.

Sincerely,
PayPal Account Review Department

Rocketboy
01-31-2005, 09:25 AM
Good to see they are taking action (or seem to be) so quickly.

Ji'dai
01-31-2005, 12:50 PM
I get these scam e-mails periodically, usually after I sell stuff on eBay. I never click on a link to access PayPal, especially in an e-mail. Always report this type of thing to spoof@paypal.com; they'll investigate it and shut them down.

Kidhuman
01-31-2005, 08:12 PM
Thanks Ji'dai. I will email them as well.

Dar' Argol
02-08-2005, 05:03 PM
Aye, a friend of mine got this email . . saying something like her account would be deleted unless she updated her file. So she entered her user name and password, but she messed up the password (lucky her). It let her in which she thought was weird, and asked for her name, addy, SSN, and Credit Card number. Of course she entered the info (she's not all that internet smart), and low and behold, her real paypal account was shut down due to someone trying to enter the wrong password too many times. Her visa card was used by someone else. So she then filed a police report, contacted her visa company to warn them about it and had to contact Social Security to let then know her number had been stolen. Thankfully they did not real damage, but it just goes to show you what some people DON'T know.

Kidhuman
02-08-2005, 08:51 PM
Wow, Dar thats some story. I hope all worked out for her. Like I said before the thing I noticed was it was to an email address not even associated with paypal or any other site I visit.

bobafrett
02-09-2005, 09:42 AM
I got that same e-mail (in post #1), and I deleted it, figuring it to be fraudulant. I'm glad someone took the time to report it, and to warn others! Thanks KH!

Slicker
02-28-2005, 05:35 PM
It appears that this is becoming more and more common. It's called "phishing". Here's an article about it from Yahoo! Phishing (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=2270&ncid=2270&e=2&u=/krwashbureau/20050228/ts_krwashbureau/_bc_cpt_phishing_wa)

darthvyn
03-16-2005, 04:43 PM
i got one of those emails RIGHT after i had changed my paypal account password, as i was trying to sign up for iTunes using paypal as my payment method, thus receiving 5 free songs.

so, when it said i had unusual activity on my PP account, i figured, well, i have! i forgot my password, then changed it!

so i clicked on the link, and it asked for my id and pw. i entered those, and on the next screen, it asked for my bank account #, and my PIN #! here's where i realized i wasn't on the right site, and that it was a spoof, as they've never asked for a PIN before!

so i immediately logged back into paypal and changed my password AGAIN, and paypal then sent me an email saying i had limited account usage for strange activity. eventually i got it all straightned out.

but it goes to show you, it can happen, even to an internet savvy individual, such as myself!