March 13th, 2009
|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.
Current Mood: curious
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.
|Date:||March 14th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)|| |
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.
Good catch! I've just received several of those myself. Thanks for passing this along.
Yeah, they look good, don't they?
If you forward the email to paypal, they'll check it out.
Yeah, this one was much better than most phishing emails I've received. Someone put serious work into it.
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.
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.
I've gotten those too. Forward it (with headers) to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Date:||March 14th, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)|| |
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.
|Date:||March 14th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)|| |
It's phishing. I warned against these on my LJ a couple of days ago. Stay the Hell away from them.