Paypal Scam!!

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May 1, 2010

Paypal Scam!! by tKo HaXoR at 6:39 AM (2,095 Views / 0 Likes) 15 replies

  1. tKo HaXoR
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    I just received this email..

    Dear valued PayPal® member:

    It has come to our attention that your PayPal® account information needs to be updated as part of our continuing commitment to protect your account and to reduce the instance of fraud on our website. If you could please take 5-10 minutes out of your online experience and update your personal records you will not run into any future problems with the online service.

    However, failure to update your records will result in account suspension.


    Once you have updated your account records, your PayPal® session will not be interrupted and will continue as normal.

    To update your PayPal® records click on the following link:

    http: //www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_login-run
     
  2. Brian117

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    Oh cool, I use Paypal, thanks for the heads up.
     
  3. antwill

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    Why would anyone think a website that hosts your personal information will ask you to update it like that?
     
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    Thanks for the heads up, there should be a giant thready of all important phishing emails like this one, keep people aware of them :/
     
  5. fgghjjkll

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    paypal emails are usually not important. why even read them?
     
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    http: //www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_login-run
    totally took you to paypal right? just watch where the link goes and you should fine.

    except the ones that tell you someones taken $300 out of your account.
     
  7. tKo HaXoR
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    They are very important if you have important credit card and bank account information. You poor naive soul.
     
  8. TwinRetro

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    Recognizing a phishing email is Internet Safety 101
     
  9. Sumea

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    Using a GMAIL and filtering that crap is also supra internet 101...

    AND still reading through, and checking URL of any site that wants anything.
     
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    If the url doesn't belong to Paypal of the e-mail isn't from Paypal.com, it's fake.
     
  11. laurenz

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    You can fake your e-mail adress easily too
     
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    Whoops. Forgot. I can even do that on Gmail.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up man!
     
  14. CannonFoddr

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    There is one tip I ALWAYS tell people when they recieve emails of this type

    No company that deals with money will EVER ask you to confirm your account details via a link within a email

    If in doubt contact the company involved DIRECTLY, via their website 'Contact us' (through your browser NOT a link within an email) to confirm the email
    OR by telephoning them (if it's a High street bank etc)


    Actually i did a search & found this page that might be what you mean
     
  15. Overlord Nadrian

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    This. I wonder why people can still be tricked into believing a mail like that is real. Isn't it obvious that it's phishing?
     
  16. Arm73

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    Besides, when you hover your mouse pointer over the fake link, you'll see the real link on the status bar on the bottom of the page.
    Many times the link is displayed in a way that makes it look authentic, but when you click on it you go somewhere else.
    So understanding the difference between a legitimate link, and a fake/misleading one is also very important.
    One smart thing to do would cut and copy the link directly in your web browser, not by clicking on it.
    But then a think of all the less experienced computer people out there and I can see out of the hundreds of thousands of this type of fishing emails sent around the world everyday , a lot of people actually fall for it.
    You'd be surprised.
    When I get this kind of emails, not only I flag it as spam, I actually report it as abuse so that they can actually do something about it.
    I mean such email is clearly designed for criminal purposes , I don't understand why the big sites ( like yahoo or paypal itself ) can't take legal action and find out where the emails originated and lead to the arrest of these people.
    I've been getting these phishing emails for years now, you'd think they would actually learn and do something about it other then mark it as spam.........
     

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