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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:

  • Look for a PayPal Greeting: PayPal will never send an email with the greeting "Dear PayPal User" or "Dear PayPal Member." Real PayPal emails will address you by your first and last name or the business name associated with your PayPal account.
  • If you believe you have received a fraudulent email, please forward the entire email—including the header information—to spoof@paypal.com. We investigate every spoof reported. Please note that the automatic response you get from us may not address you by name.
  • Don't share personal information via email: We will never ask you to enter your password or financial information in an email or send such information in an email. You should only share information about your account once you have logged in to https://www.paypal.com/.
  • Don't download attachments: PayPal will never send you an attachment or software update to install on your computer.

More examples of the scam PayPal emails:


Example 1: (The links actually go to a scammer's website: http://www.contexaprove.com/paypal/

 

Example 2

Dear PayPal Customer,

 

Due to recent fraudulent activities on some of PayPal online
   accounts we are launching a new security system to make
   PayPal online accounts more secure and safe. Before we can
   activate it we will be checking all PayPal online accounts to confirm
   the authenticity of the holder.

We will require a confirmation that your account has not been
   stolen or hacked. Your account has not been suspended or frozen.

To confirm your account status please Login

      -complete the required information to authenticate and reset your account

      -make sure your account balance has not been changed

      -make sure your details have not been changed

      -review recent transactions in your account history for any unauthorized
      transfer

 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:

http://smtp.aluno.feis.unesp.br/icons/developed/%20/webscr.htm


For more information about phishing, see this page.
 


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Names used by scammers in the examples on this page and others often belong to real people and businesses who often have no knowledge of nor connection to the scammer's use of their name and information.  Sample scam emails and other documents are copies of the scam to help potential victims recognize and avoid it.  You should presume that any names used and presented here in a scam are either fictitious or used without their legitimate owner's permission.
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