Beware!! Warning!! New PayPal phishing scam!!

@tamra2 (259)
United States
January 5, 2007 4:52pm CST
I was checking my email today and received a HUGE shock. I had an email from Pay Pal with a receipt for my payment of $124.99 to D*ck's Sporting Goods. Well, I never BOUGHT ANYTHING nor I have heard of that company. The "receipt" had a link at the bottom with instructions to click that link if I needed to dispute or cancel the payment. Of course when you do click that link, it asks you to fill out a form with your credit card and banking information. I came REALLY CLOSE to falling for this one! Please everybody! Remember that anything that is legitimate will NEVER ask you to click a link or give them your financial information. You would be asked to log into your account and handle the issue from their site. After comparing this receipt with a real pay pal receipt that I had, it was easy to see the signs of a fake email, but at first look it seemed VERY REAL! I just wanted to warn everyone to be on the look out for this.
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@Darkwing (21586)
5 Jan 07
Paypal NEVER put account transactions in the e-mail, nor would they ask for any account details. I had one of these letters once and checked directly with my Paypal Account. I sent them a note asking if this e-mail would be genuine. Their answer was no, it's a fake. They said they would never send any details about your account in e-mail, that all that could be checked up on their secure site. They also said, never to open any links in the e-mail, but I guess I might be a little too late to tell you that. E-Bay also has the same problem. Never ever open a link in a mail from E-Bay which asks for personal detail. Report it immediately to E-Bay through their site and they will deal with it. What a wicked world the Internet can be, huh?
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@tamra2 (259)
• United States
5 Jan 07
Yeah, I actually know all the usual signs of spotting a fake email. I had just never received one that said I had made a payment that I knew I had not made, so all my good sense took a temporary vacation.
• United States
6 Jan 07
Thanks for the heads up.
@medooley (1874)
• United States
6 Jan 07
It is too bad that there are people out there who are taking the internet and using it like this. But I guess stuff like this is going to happen and I just want to say thanks for taking the time to put this post here so others can be informed about this. Be safe everyone!
@deeeky (3667)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
5 Jan 07
Thanks for that information. The more we know about scams to avoid the better it will be for all of us. There are far too many scams on the net and for any scammers out there my bank and number is :- Anybank in any street. N0 123123123123 Good luck.
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@tamra2 (259)
• United States
6 Jan 07
thank you.
@sindai (204)
• Canada
6 Jan 07
i get these alot. Mostly from ebay. What you do when you get these emails is to forward it to spoof@paypal.com or spoof@ebay.com. They will email you back confirming that it is fake.
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@humaaaa (1387)
• Pakistan
5 Jan 07
This could be a new trick for people to give our their credit card information and the site will steal it.
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• India
6 Jan 07
Thanks every one. The discussion is quite informative. Such issues shoul be adressed so that we can avoid pitfalls.
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• Thailand
6 Jan 07
Thank you FYI
@absfive (145)
• Philippines
6 Jan 07
thanks for the immediate responsed about that matters,im sure all paypal users will benefit from this knowledge you shared..if you see other related scam issues pls do post tnx..
@myte003 (179)
• United States
6 Jan 07
ALSO BEWARE THAT PAY PAL HAS TEAMED UP WITH EBAY AND HACKERS GALORE, THEY WILL STEAL YOUR IDENTITY AND SET YOU UP ACCOUNTS ALL OVER THE WORLD AND IN THE USA AND THEN THEY WILL SEND YOU OODLES OF EMAILS TELLING YOU THAT YOU OWE THEM MONEY FOR ALL THEIR BOGUS FRAUDALENT HORSEHOCKEY, FURTHER MORE YOU CAN FILE A COMPLAINT AGAINST THEM WITH THE BBB AND THE FBI AND THEY WILL CONTINUE TO HASSLE YOU , I SAY LET THEM KEEP PLAYING THEIR STUPID ILLEGAL GAMES UNTIL HELL LITERALY FREEZES OVER, SINCE THEY REFUSE TO FIX THEIR BUSINESS ETHICS AND LEGAL PROBLEMS CORRECTLY, THEY CAN JUST SPIN IN THEIR FRAUDALENT VORTEX!!!!!!!!!!!!
• India
6 Jan 07
you are in a deep sleep!!wake up dear.paypal and ebay are reputed organisations and they process thousands of transactions each day.please be sure before making such comments about paypal and ebay.and from next time please read the discussion properly regarding what the user is trying to say.
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6 Jan 07
yes i know what you mean, i get emails like this about once a month, i just ignore them, io know what i have and havent bought!
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• United States
6 Jan 07
You should really report it to Paypal. You could help to stop these people from doing this and maybe save someone you know from losing money.
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@magikrose (5432)
• United States
5 Jan 07
Thank you for the heads up. It really helps. I am glad you didnt fall for it. Now that we all know we can avoid it as a well.
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@tamra2 (259)
• United States
5 Jan 07
hey magik! Have not seen you in a bit. Thanks for the response. Blessed Be
@hiitssomu (657)
• United States
5 Jan 07
thanks for letting us know this. i also got an e-mail couple of months ago that your paypal account need your few more detials due to their server upgradation process. it made the page very similar to the paypal account login page and was asking me to login with my user id and password. When i looked very carefully i saw the web address is little bit different than paypal, instaed of paypal then have paypol. be take this also into your consideration.
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@tamra2 (259)
• United States
5 Jan 07
Those are the kind I am used to seeing! I know those are fake. This one just suprised me by posing as a receipt for payment. I felt pretty silly that I came so close to falling for it.
@jolanda33 (720)
• Netherlands
5 Jan 07
yes i know! in the beginning i get them from ebay also! i never give my personal information! did you report this to paypal? i always did report to ebay! i don't receive those emails anymore!
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@tamra2 (259)
• United States
5 Jan 07
I did report it to pay pal.
@SpitFire179 (2536)
• Canada
6 Jan 07
This happens periodically, Just make sure that the paypal email has your fill first name in the beginning of the email, if not, don't worry about it, If it does, then you have to find out who has your password. Contact PayPal at this number to find out what's going on.... Customer Resilution Centre 1-402-935-2081 They will give you all the information that you need once you give them the proper confirmation that it is you. Hope this helps, Blessed Be.
@Shaun72 (15965)
• Palatka, Florida
6 Jan 07
thanks for the warning. i had one once about steaks I had never orderd steaks so I cancelled it. I might try egold
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@onlyme123 (124)
• United States
6 Jan 07
Thanks for the warning. These crooks have no shame. I've received emails like that before, and I always delete them immediately, then go into my PayPal account to make sure it's still safe. Unfortunately, this won't be the last time for these types of scams. WE just all have to be REALLY careful.
@NeoComp (1320)
• United States
6 Jan 07
Yeah paypal will never ask you for your info! That is for sure. It's always best to watch out for those e mails. I know there are many scams out there trying to get out info. But you should never all for them! WE have to be careful these days. As theives dweel more itne cyber world than the real world.
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• Romania
6 Jan 07
i use e-glod not paypal...hyu. but i hate this spams
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@kathy77 (7487)
• Australia
6 Jan 07
Hi Tamra2 you can always send email to spoof at paypal to check it out for you as this is shocking and it is has come from a fake I have received a few emails from fake emails and I sent an email to spoof as this who checks it out for us whether it is fake, and yes paypal never asks for the information you have put here and yes I agree with you that the other ones do look real at first!!
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• United States
6 Jan 07
I get stuff like that in my email. I just report it to paypal, like they ask you to do. When Paypal sends you an email, it will always have your name included and not just your email.
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@lpetges (3036)
• United States
6 Jan 07
yes i got one too. I deleted the message, then went to my paypal account, and nothing had happened. They just want you to cancel the payment by going to the website which tells you its from paypal, but its not. what will people think of next???
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• India
6 Jan 07
paypal never send you transaction report through e-mail.they have a site and they find it most secured over their secured connection only.you can find all information on their site regarding your transactions or anything.i received such an e-mail with the same topic but the company was different,but i knew it is fake and i ignored it.all the best.thanks
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@paul8675 (750)
• Australia
6 Jan 07
Thanks for that. It is the sort of thing that worries me more about e-gold, but your advice to never open fake or suspicious emails is the best key to protection.
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@jinisha (31)
• India
6 Jan 07
Thank you for this information
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