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This email I receive today looks real and I almost log in and give out my user name and password.



You have added [email protected] as a new email address for
for your PayPal account.

If you did not authorize this change or if you need assistance
with your account, please contact PayPal customer service at:


http://www.paypal.com/row/wf/f=ap_email





Sincerely,
PayPal


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NEVER give your password to anyone and ONLY log in at
https://www.paypal.com/. Protect yourself against fraudulent websites by
opening a new web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Netscape) and typing
in the PayPal URL every time you log in to your account.

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Please do not reply to this e-mail. Mail sent to this address cannot be
answered. For assistance, log in to your PayPal account and choose the
"Help" link in the header of any page.

PayPal Email ID PP266
So I email paypal and confirm that the mail in not valid.

Dear ,

Thank you for contacting PayPal.

Thank you for bringing this suspicious email to our attention. We can
confirm that the email you received was not sent to you by PayPal. The
website linked to this email is not a registered URL authorized or used
by PayPal. We are currently investigating this incident fully. Please do
not enter any personal or financial information into this website.

If you have surrendered any personal or financial information to this
fraudulent website, you should immediately log into your PayPal Account
and change your password and secret question and answer information. Any
compromised financial information should be reported to the appropriate
parties.

If you notice any unauthorized activity associated with your PayPal
transaction history, please immediately report this to PayPal by
following the instructions below:

1. Log in to your account at https://www.paypal.com/ by entering
your email address and password into the Member Log In box

2. Click on the Security Center at the bottom of the page

3. Click on 'Report a Problem'

4. Select the Topic: Report Fraud

5. Select the Subtopic: Unauthorized use of my PayPal Account

6. Enter your question in the 'Summarize your question in one
sentence' box

7. Click Continue

8. Follow the instructions to access the appropriate form

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us again.

Sincerely,
PayPal Account Review Department



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email is sent to you by the contracting entity to your User Agreement,
either PayPal Inc or PayPal (Europe) Limited. PayPal(Europe) Limited is
authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority in the UK
as an electronic money institution.

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PayPal and its representatives will NEVER ask you to reveal your
password. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this policy. If anyone claiming to
work for PayPal asks for your password under any circumstances, by email
or by phone, please refuse and immediately contact us via webform at
https://www.paypal.com/wf/f=sa_pass.
 

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There is another one out there to that says something to the effect:

"Paypal has deducted $200.56 from you account.
for details click on the link below www.paypal.com/blablabla."

Same type of phishing scam.....

Remember when in doubt always access sensitive accounts by opening a new browser, NEVER by clicking on a link in a email.
 

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DakotaTacoma said:
Remember when in doubt always access sensitive accounts by opening a new browser, NEVER by clicking on a link in a email.
I didn't know that, I don't really understand it, but I will do it. Is there a SIMPLE explanation? :)
And how does something come from www.paypal.com and be fraudulent?
 

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valkyrie said:
And how does something come from www.paypal.com and be fraudulent?
The url may not be the one you are actually being linked to. One url can be displayed but the link takes you to a completely different address. You can see that on certain car websites, for example.
 

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valkyrie said:
I didn't know that, I don't really understand it, but I will do it. Is there a SIMPLE explanation? :)
And how does something come from www.paypal.com and be fraudulent?
Somehow (I'm not a geek so I don't know how) the scammers create a link that looks like it is from paypal, ebay, or a financial institution, when in fact it goes to their fake site. The fake site is even disguised to look exactly like ebay/paypal/"your credit card". You enter your password, and BANG they have you by the balls. You probably will not know for several days to weeks, that your info is in their hands, and by then they will have cleaned you out...

Sometimes it may be as easy as spelling paypal with the number "1" and changing the font so you don't see the difference. in effect going to www.paypa1.com/blablabla
 

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I get tons of email like that, paypal, citibank, etc. The most recent paypal scam email I got linked to a domain that was created the same day. I checked register.com and found out that 1&1 was the hosting company. I forwarded the scam email to [email protected]&1.com, and within a few hours the scamming site was shut down.

Later,
....Mike
 

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ElBandito said:
damn thanks for the heads up, i really dont have much to worry with .85 cents in my paypal acct ahahah
If your Paypal account is connected to your bank account, and someone gets your login and password, you might have a lot to worry about!

Later,
....Mike
 

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DakotaTacoma said:
There is another one out there to that says something to the effect:

"Paypal has deducted $200.56 from you account.
for details click on the link below www.paypal.com/blablabla."

Same type of phishing scam.....

Remember when in doubt always access sensitive accounts by opening a new browser, NEVER by clicking on a link in a email.
Good thing that's what I did, but I also did click on there link and is looks so real. I have 5 email address from roadrunner and 3 of the address have the same email, but only 1 is register to paypal.
 

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Mike said:
If your Paypal account is connected to your bank account, and someone gets your login and password, you might have a lot to worry about!

Later,
....Mike
shhhhhhhhh... wait its connected to my checking... that has .90 cents in it... sucks to be a college kid
 
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