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March 13th, 2009


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05:10 pm - Quick question
I've recently received a couple of emails about my PayPal account, wanting me to login and verify supposed "recent activity" on my account.

Problem: these emails came to an email account that I have never used with PayPal. And when I went on my own and logged into my PayPal, there didn't seem to be anything amiss.

I'm thinking there might be a (very well-perpetuated) scam going on. Everyone might want to keep their eyes open, and definitely not try to login through a link embedded in an email message. It's a very convincing email, by the way; professional looking, no typos, no requests for anything.
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From:persephone_kore
Date:March 14th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
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I've gotten a lot of phishing emails, both for places I actually have accounts with and places I don't. You're right, it's generally a good idea not to follow any such links from email -- well, maybe if you've signed up for online statements and you're positive it's the usual ones, but not Alerts. ;) Type the URL in yourself, that's the ticket.
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From:honorh
Date:March 14th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
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It's phishing. I've gotten the same ones. When in doubt, do what you did--go out to the site *not using the link in the email* and check it out for yourself. The point of it is to get you to use their sham site and give them your login information so they can use it.
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From:eldritchhobbit
Date:March 14th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
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Good catch! I've just received several of those myself. Thanks for passing this along.
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From:kizmet_42
Date:March 14th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
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Yeah, they look good, don't they?

If you forward the email to paypal, they'll check it out.
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From:izhilzha
Date:March 14th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
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Yeah, this one was much better than most phishing emails I've received. Someone put serious work into it.

Forwarded!
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From:kerravonsen
Date:March 14th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)
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Yet another reason why I'm glad I use a text-based email client; I can't tell whether the phishing spam "looks professional" or not, and also it offers less temptation for me to click on links from email, as I have to go through some extra hoops in order to do so.
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From:izhilzha
Date:March 14th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
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Mostly, I just meant that it was well-written--no glaring errors, and it sounded like actual official emails I've received from PayPal and others. A good forgery. Heh.

But yeah, sounds like you're much less at risk than the common-or-garden email user.
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From:mosinging1986
Date:March 14th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
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I've gotten those too. Forward it (with headers) to: spoof@paypal.com.
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From:izhilzha
Date:March 14th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
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Gracias! Forwarded. :)
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From:jhall1
Date:March 14th, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
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Certainly a scam. ISTR that Paypal say that genuine emails from them will include your name in the body of the email, which phishing ones are unlikely to do.
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From:fpb
Date:March 14th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
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It's phishing. I warned against these on my LJ a couple of days ago. Stay the Hell away from them.

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