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Old 13th of December 2004 (Mon)   #1
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Default Paypal scam email

So how many of you received the fake Paypal email.... I did.

I received it 3 times or so. On the third time, I did log on and almost completed the information but had a weird feeling. I was wondering why Paypal was requesting this info, when they already had it, and threatening to suspend my account when they had not done so to date? Three warnings and no suspended account. I looked up at the address bar and noticed that it did not say paypal. So I cancelled out. Later I saw the notification that this site was down due to this scam. Wow, that was close. As a precaution I did go to my Paypal account (the real one) and changed my password. No problem... thank goodness.

Did anyone get hit? If so, does Paypal assist in any way?

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Old 13th of December 2004 (Mon)   #2
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I haven't heard of anyone actually falling for it in our forum. I think the problem was well publicized and people were put on notice pretty quickly. Let's hope so anyway.
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Old 13th of December 2004 (Mon)   #3
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I closed my paypal account - that way, I'm safe. Never used it anyway.
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Old 13th of December 2004 (Mon)   #4
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I got suspicious when I realised I didn't have a PayPal account!
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Old 13th of December 2004 (Mon)   #5
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I changed my password.............did I do something wrong??.........paypal asked me to change it through an email I received........

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I changed my password.............did I do something wrong??.........paypal asked me to change it through an email I received........

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Old 13th of December 2004 (Mon)   #7
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I changed my password.............did I do something wrong??.........paypal asked me to change it through an email I received........

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Old 13th of December 2004 (Mon)   #8
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I changed my password.............did I do something wrong??.........paypal asked me to change it through an email I received........

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Yes - go to www.paypal.com and check your account. It may well have been hijacked (and it still may be under the old password). Even if it seems normal, change your password again, but make sure you're at their real address. Don't use the link that shows up in an e-mail.

The hijackers are experts at faking addresses in e-mail to make it look like you're clicking the correct address.
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Old 13th of December 2004 (Mon)   #9
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I get those emails all the time, the funny part is that they send it to my normal email account and not the email accout that is connected to my payapl account, you can always tell by if it says: dear paypal user or dear-youremail, if it say your actual email then it might be good
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Old 14th of December 2004 (Tue)   #10
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I seem to get one from one bank or another on a daily basis and I ignore the lot of them, the Paypal one was "just another day at the scam hunt"
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Old 14th of December 2004 (Tue)   #11
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I signed on and when I saw what they were asking for. I signed off, went to my other Paypal address and changed my PW!!

Now I got a msg telling me I had won a new PC! Went right by that one, then I got a msg from the Netherlands saying I had won their lottery, I never entered It goes on and on..Scam scam scam!!!

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Old 14th of December 2004 (Tue)   #12
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Well I was kinda suspicious about it because

  1. I don't have a paypal account
  2. The email address used to contact me is only used by this forum and one other place. I would never have used it for anything financial
So I am pleased to say I didn't "fall for it". I haven't seen any further spams coming in to that email address so I guess they didn't harvest the addresses.
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I think it was legitimate as it sent me straight to the paypal site......

.......but I'll change my password anyways...........I checked my past activity and everything looks normal.

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Old 14th of December 2004 (Tue)   #14
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I got the mail but was suspicious straight away, checked the from address and wasn't PP, sent Paypal a copy of the message and headers and they verified it was a scam. then, worst of all, this site went down

hope nobody got screwed up by it...
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What you got is known as Phishing. They send you an e mail that looks nearly identical to to a bank, financial institution, or other supposed account that you have. Sometimes there are words that are misspelled. There is a link that you are supposed to use to update your information. NEVER RESPOND TO AN E MAIL REQUESTING THAT YOU PROVIDE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION. LEGITIMATE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS DON'T DO THIS. NEVER USE THE PROVIDED LINK. EXIT YOUR EMAIL AND GO TO YOUR INSTITUTION'S WEB SITE BY TYPING IT'S NAME IN YOUR BROWSER AND ACCESSING YOUR ACCOUNT INFORMATION. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.FTC.GOV and do a search "phishing".
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