Phishing - Beware
May 13, 2007 10:32pm CST
I received a mail from firstname.lastname@example.org saying that my identity needs to be verified (see attached graphics as I am not allowed to paste info). It provided a link to be clicked to complete the verification. It looked like a mail from paypal and I wondered if I should go ahead and complete the verification. Fortunately, I right clicked on the email and selected the view source option. It was found that the link was taking me to http://www.signin.paypal.com.bankinfo.com.namescreens.com The mail was forwarded to email@example.com. Within 15 minutes I received a reply from paypal saying that the mail was fraudulent. As there are quite a few paypal users out here, I thought that it would be appropriate to share this information with you. You can read more about phishing at https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=xpt/cps/securitycenter/general/UnderstandPhishing-outside
16 May 07
Thanks for sharing it! Most major sites always state in their license agreement that they will never ask for personal information, passwords or credit card numbers etc... The world of spam can be very tricky for the inexperienced. I keep receiving e-mails that I have won lottery almost everyday. I never look at them twice.
• United States
23 May 07
If you read the guidelines on Ebay and Paypal , they say that you should never give your information through a link in an email. I have gotten several of these recently and I send all of them to the spoof address and I always get a response saying the same thing. good for you that you didn't respond to them. I also received a email last week saying that someone had used my other email account to buy on ebay and not pay for it. It asked me to follow the link and then give paypal and ebay sign in information, I didn't do it and I just forwarded the note to spoof at these sites. Sure enough, it was a hoax!