Phishing - The PayPal Email Scam
This is not scam created BY PayPal; they are a victim as well. If you receive an email similar to the one below, DO NOT click on the link, and do not enter any information on the forms there.
The website that the link leads to is a spoof; a fake website, not created by PayPal. When you enter the information they ask for, you will simply be handing the thieves the keys to your bank accounts. That is how spoofing and phishing works.
Remember, no reputable business would send you an email requesting your personal account information. Any such email you receive asking for this information should be considered phony and brought to the attention of the business being 'phished'.
Anytime you need to go to a website for your bank, credit card companies or other personal, financial or confidential information; do not follow a link in an email; just type their address in your browser directly (such as www.PayPal.com )
Below are actual phishing emails that started circulating in late 2006. We have put a warning around their websites in the links below on the phisher's website.
Here is what PayPal suggests:
More examples of the scam PayPal emails:
Example 1: (The links actually go to a scammer's website: http://www.contexaprove.com/paypal/
Dear PayPal Customer,
Due to recent fraudulent activities on some of PayPal online
We will require a confirmation that your account has not been
To confirm your account status please
If you find any type of suspicious activities please contact us immediately.
Please include in your message your account number, your account name
and the unauthorized transfer date & time.
Please do not reply to this message. For any inquiries, contact Customer Service.
PayPal Team Copyright 2006
The Login link takes you not to PayPal, but to this address instead:
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