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Strange message...is it phishing?


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MR0624

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Over the past month I haven't gotten several messages in my spam folder of gmail claiming that someone keeps trying to access my paypal account and keeps getting the password wrong. It says to click on a link in the email (which I didn't do) to verify my account and that it was me trying to log in. However, the weird part is that I don't even have a paypal account. I think when someone signed up they gave my email so paypal wouldn't know their real email. Also the email is from [email protected] which is why i opened it. This email sounds like a official one but I'm not sure. Should I contact paypal?


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here's what it said in the most recent email i recieved:
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We recently have determined that different computers have logged into your PayPal account, and multiple password failures were present before the login. One of our Customer Service employees has already tryed to telephonically reach you. As our employee did not manage to reach you, this email has been sent to your notice.
Therefore your account has been temporary suspended. We need you to confirm your identity in order to regain full privileges of your account.
If this is not completed by June 26, 2005, we reserve the right to terminate all privileges of your account indefinitly, as it may have been used for fraudulent purposes. We thank you for your cooperation in this manner.
To confirm your identity please follow the link below:

(I removed the link)




Thank you for your patience in this matter.

PayPal - Customer Service

Please do not reply to this e-mail as this is only a notification. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered. "


It sounds as though someone used my email.....Any ideas?
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Howdy:

Not a chance.. Someone is phishing trying to get your account details..

Dump the email..

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and contact paypall to report it
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What if I continue to get them....it has been going on for a month ya know. Also, how did someone get a [email protected] email address?
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The same way they got an email address for my ISP saying they needed to update my account..

If you know what you are doing, you can make it look like it came from anywhere you want..

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Just called paypal, and I didn't even need to talk to anyone. While I was waiting, there was an automated voice that said paypal will always put your name at the beginning of an email (in other words it's fake). Thanks for your imput....
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if you have the time you should sstill wait for a person at paypall to pick up so that you can report the message they may have you send it to them so they can try to track it. any time you get something fishy from any thng that looks like a real company but isn't you should call the real company. this is kind of the reason why we have so much spyware and other crap like that online is because no one called the company these people are impersonating

Edited by dsenette, 24 June 2005 - 03:19 PM.

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yea it realy isnt that hard to send out an email from something that looks secure i can send out an eamil from anny address i wanted heck i could make it look like it came from your address it only takes a lil php knoladge
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This is the information received when you report the e-bay or paypal phishing scams to the two email addresses given in red paragraph :

Dear ,

Thank you for writing to PayPal regarding the email message you received
that appeared to be from eBay.

As you may have already suspected, this email was not sent by eBay.
These emails, commonly referred to as spoofs, are sent by fraudulent
sources posing as eBay in an attempt to collect sensitive financial
information or passwords.

Please know that PayPal and eBay is committed to the security of our
sites and our members. We review every report we receive and forward all
vital information on to the appropriate authorities for further action
and tracking. We work actively and aggressively in partnership with many
agencies, ISP's and law enforcement groups to support their
investigation of these fraudulent entities. As a public company, we rely
on the same agencies you do to pursue these fraudulent activities. You
may also wish to contact your ISP or email service provider for further
information or instructions.

Now that you have received a spoofed email, your email address has been
collected by a fraudulent source. As a result, you may continue to
receive spoofed emails for some time as these groups move from ISP to
web hosting sites setting up fraudulent email addresses, fake sites and
sending spoofed emails. PayPal and eBay has enacted several preventative
measures and increased information available on both sites help pages to
help educate our members in spotting fake emails. 

In the future, we advise you to be very cautious of any email appearing
to be from eBay or PayPal that asks you to submit financial information
such as your credit card number or any type of password. As for eBay,
they will NEVER ask you for certain financial information such as
passwords, bank account or credit card numbers, Personal Identification
Numbers (PINs), or Social Security numbers in an email. All sensitive
information should be submitted on a secure page located on the eBay or
PayPal site.

If you have any doubt about whether an email message is from PayPal,
please forward it immediately to [email protected] For eBay spoofed
emails, please forward those to [email protected] Please do not respond to
it or click on any of the links in the email message. Please do not
change the subject line or edit the email in any way.


If you have already entered sensitive information as mentioned above,
you should take immediate action to protect your identity and online
accounts. If you only clicked on a link inside of a spoofed email, you
may also want to run a security scan on your computer. eBay has a help
page with valuable information regarding the steps you should take to
protect yourself. Below is a link to this page:

http://pages.ebay.co...nter/index.html

Once again, thank you for alerting us to the spoofed email you received.
Your vigilance helps us ensure that PayPal and eBay remain a safe and
vibrant online marketplace.

Sincerely,
PayPal Account Review Department
PayPal, an eBay Company

*******************************************
Important: eBay will not ask you for sensitive personal information
(such as your password, credit card and bank account numbers, Social
Security numbers, etc.) in an email. Learn more account protection tips
at:
http://www.pages.eba...protection.html 
____________________________________________

For the latest eBay announcements, please check:
http://www2.ebay.com/aw/announce.shtml
_____________________________________________


I have been reporting these for ages and they will reply. Make sure you send the complete header with your email.

If you have opened one of these scam emails, notice what it says when you do a mouseover on the link. DO NOT CLICK THE LINK. Just read the actual URI where you will be sent if you do click the link. You can also read in the header and see how they spoof the address. Just changing an octet does a lot.

Ron
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E-Mail spoofing is used among many, many phishers now-a-days.
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its even easier for them noe because of all these annoymous mailer stuff anyone can send a email to anyone else pretending to be anyone !

Well theres the net for ya :tazz:
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