Scam email! Important!

@Tehgamer (275)
Trinidad And Tobago
March 5, 2008 2:10pm CST
Just now I opened my inbox since I recieved a message from services@paypal.com that looked legit, having paypal icon etc. on reading the message apparently someone charged somthing to a credit card that was linked to my account. The only thing is, I didnt assign a card to paypal. Hotmail also said that it was probably a phishing site. I was suspicious so before I clicked the link I looked at the bottom and the link was taking me to some site other than paypal. Just giving you a heads up. If you get a message like this don't click the link! Your card info will be stolen! If anyone else recieved emails like this please say here so that no one will be caught!
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17 responses
@NeoComp (1320)
• United States
5 Mar 08
Oh yeah I get these kind of e mails all the time. Also the one's from nigeria asking you for you account information.. so they can send you millions of dollars is funny! I always knew these things were scams. People should get out there.. and do real business... they need to stop trying to scam people. Scamming is not the way to go.
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• Australia
6 Mar 08
LOL to your response tehgamer... that is tooooo funny. I wonder if the person got warned or banned for asking that question.
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@patgalca (14308)
• Orangeville, Ontario
5 Mar 08
I am always receiving these kinds of emails from "Paypal", "ebay", my bank, banks that aren't my banks, and banks I've never heard of. Those from the fake Paypal and ebay are identifiable by the way they address you. If they do not address you by name (ie Dear Customer as opposed Dear John Smith) then it is fake. You can forward fraudulent Paypal emails to spoof@paypal.com. I forward every single one of them. I report the ones from ebay, though a little more difficult since you have to go on the site, go to their security centre and copy and paste the email into a box; and I report the ones supposedly from my bank. I don't report the ones from other banks because I don't have their email addresses (duh! they're not my bank!) Most definitely report whatever you can. The sooner we get rid of these scammers the better place the internet will be. Unfortunately, there will always be scammers. *sigh*
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@Tehgamer (275)
• Trinidad And Tobago
5 Mar 08
thank you for giving me the email address I was wondering how to forward it. I will do this now!
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• United States
5 Mar 08
One very helpful hint to always remember is that if you are unsure if it is a legit email from Paypal all you have to d is forward it to them and they will get back to you letting you know if its a phishing email or one they actually sent. I have came across a few that just about fooled me if it weren't for Paypal verifying they did not send it.
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@Tehgamer (275)
• Trinidad And Tobago
5 Mar 08
Oh I didnt know you could do this.... What is paypal's email? In order to forward it to them I will need an email address can you give one to me?
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• United States
5 Mar 08
Send emails to spoof@paypal.com and usually within a few hours you will hear back from them letting you know something about the email.
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
6 Mar 08
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@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
5 Mar 08
These guys are good. They do it all the time. You probably should let Paypal know about this. I have sent info to them before. You really have to be careful with those idiots who try to steal your idenity. Keep up the good work.
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@Tehgamer (275)
• Trinidad And Tobago
5 Mar 08
I will thanks for giving me advice on what actions to take. The email was absolutely top class... I'm certain other people may get caught so I decided to make a post
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@lingli_78 (12846)
• Australia
6 Mar 08
thanks for alerting us again about this scam... we really have to be careful nowadays as scammers are everywhere and they try to steal our personal information and our money... glad that the people here are nice and kind enough to alert other members here so that we won't get tricked... thanks once again...
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@bdugas (3582)
• United States
6 Mar 08
I was told by Paypal that when they contact you, they call you by your first name, if the email does not start with your name then it is not from them. They also said you should forward the email to them so they can take care of it.
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• India
6 Mar 08
thanxs for this kind information..but i wanna tell u that i also donot have any credit card then how they will charge me.
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
6 Mar 08
I agree. Whenever I receive an email like that, I send it to spoof@paypal.com. If it is a phishing email, then paypal will do what it can to disable it.
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• United States
6 Mar 08
Thanks for the heads up! I have not received any emails from paypal or claiming to be from paypal lately but it is good to be aware of scams so I know to be on the lookout for them.
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• United States
6 Mar 08
Check the header and get the source code and send it to paypal. If your using gmail, you have the feature there to read the ip address from the sending web mail.
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@chris1314 (787)
6 Mar 08
Yeah, i jsut looked and i get over 50 SPAM emails per day, i know that people get more than that, but whats the world coming to. Why would people be that sad to make emails like that, they should just get a job!! Also, how was it from survices@paypal? because paypals real one is that ?!? ow well. Thanks for letting us know, Chris
@anniepa (27241)
• United States
6 Mar 08
I see several have already given you the "spoof" address to forward these e-mails to. Always do that, no matter how many you get because as I understand it Paypal likes to investigate them all. Annie
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@subha12 (18453)
• India
6 Mar 08
oh my god. what various types of scams are appearing each day here and there. its really ridiculous now. why there is no laws or anything like these against them.
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@steney (1418)
• Philippines
6 Mar 08
Thank you for the heads up on this one. These people are constantly trying to perfect the art of scamming, and they get better every time! Since we can't stop them, we just have to be vigilant to outsmart their schemes. Always look for the 'https' in the url. If the http has an 'S' at the end, it means that you are in a secured site. Keep safe everyone.
@Tehgamer (275)
• Trinidad And Tobago
6 Mar 08
Really? I didn't know that! Thnx for the information I'll keep looking for https now lol
• Australia
10 Mar 08
Ahhh, thanks for that tip.. I hadn't heard that before.
@ebberts (786)
• United States
6 Mar 08
I get scam email's all the time. I've gotten several paypal scams. You should report them. And the other scams, All I can say is I wish I had all of the money they say I have won. I get alot of them through the mail to. I guess I got on soneone's list.
• United States
6 Mar 08
I had the same thing happen before. Just forward the email to spoof@paypal.com and they will tell you if it is a hoax or not.
@matcargo (52)
• Malaysia
6 Mar 08
Thank for your information...