Warning...Phishing e- mails
December 1, 2007 1:06am CST
I wish to inform fellow Mylotters of disturbing mail I received over the past week. It seems there are people attempting to obtain personal information by pretending to be PayPal: I sent the "Phony mail" to PayPal for confirmation and did get the following response. RE: Q510 - Thank you for your email to PayPal (KMM92629437V89833L0KM) :kf1 From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: ralph Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2007 1:18 am Thanks for taking an active role by reporting suspicious-looking emails. The email you forwarded to us is a phishing email, and our security team is working to disable it. ------------------------- What is a phishing email? ------------------------- Phishing emails attempt to steal your identity and will often ask you to reveal your password or other personal or financial information. PayPal will never ask for your password over the phone or in an email and will always address you by your first and last name. Take our Fight Phishing Challenge at https://www.paypal.com/fightphishing to learn 5 things you should know about phishing. You'll also see what we're doing to help fight fraud every day. ------------------------- You've made a difference. ------------------------- Every email counts. By forwarding a suspicious-looking email to email@example.com, you've helped keep yourself and others safe from identity theft. Thanks, The PayPal Team Here is the message to look out for: Notification from Billing Department From: PayPal To: Bcc: ralph Date: Mon, ## Nov #### #:## pm Â Â Â We recently noticed one or more attempts to log in to your PayPal account from a foreign IP address. If you recently accessed your account while traveling, the unusual log in attempts may have been initiated by you. However if you are the rightful holder of the account,click on the link below to log into the account and follow the instructions. https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_login-run If you choose not to complete the request, you give us no choice but to suspendÂ your account temporary. It takes at least ## hours for the investigation in this case and we strongly recommend you to verify your account at that time. If you received this notice and you are not the authorized account holder, please be aware that it is in violation of PayPal policy to represent oneself as an other PayPal user.Such action may also be in violation of local, national, and/or international law. PayPal is committed to assist law enforcement with any inquires related attempts to missapropriate personal information with the intent to commit fraud or theft. Information will be provided at the request or law enforcement agencies to ensure that perpetrators are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Thanks for your patience as we work together to protect your account. PayPal Account Review Department. Â Please do not reply to this email. This mailbox is not monitored and you will not receive a response. For assistance, log in to your PayPal account and click the Help link located in the top right corner of any PayPal page. Â PayPal Email ID PP#####
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1 Dec 07
This has become a growing problem. I have forwarded several of them to paypal. Not only are these using paypal's name but also credit cards too. Then of course there is always the letters from Nigeria and the you have one sweepstakes etc. I cant believe people fall for these things. I has become more serious since they are going after credit cards and bank accounts now too. Even the IRS has had to warn people because letters are showing up in e-mails with the IRS logo and stuff. We all need to be careful.
1 Dec 07
thanks for that information about paypal.i have similar e-mails from my bank,commonwealth saying that i have had many failed attempts to access my net bank and could i log on etc.i contacted the bank and they definately did not send them,i also sent them the e-mail to their hoax line.it is really sad that there is so many scams and fraudulent things happening on the net,we have to be so careful,and it is great that people like yourself share that info with us.cheers