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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
If you use PayPal...please read this warning.
This morning, I received an e-mail message that looked like it was from PayPal.
It said that because of online fraud, PayPal needed to confirm my bank account info. or they would close my PayPal account.
I remembered that when I signed up for PayPal, I was told that if I was asked to click a link to get to their site from an e-mail...the message was fraudulent. I did not click the link. I went to PayPal & discovered that they had not sent the message.
If I had clicked the link...my bank account would have been cleaned out of money. I would have been robbed.
I feel really lucky that I remembered PayPal's warning.
Please be careful about hot links in e-mails that you receive.
Lei
post #2 of 17
I never click on a link in an email unless it comes from someone I know. I got a supposed paypal email saying it was for a survey, so instead of logging in, I too opened a browser and typed in www.paypal.com instead. There was nothing about a survey, but I wouldn't have bothered to do the survey anyway.
post #3 of 17
I had a similar type spoof from an ebay looking e-mail. Fortunately I remembered that my e-bay e-mail comes to a different account. It's good to hear reminders like this.
post #4 of 17
I've gotten that email a few times. Also, there's an Ebay spoof as well that's the same sort of thing. It's amazing how these people can make the emails look legit.
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by Chester&Piper
I've gotten that email a few times. Also, there's an Ebay spoof as well that's the same sort of thing. It's amazing how these people can make the emails look legit.
The few I've bothered to read past the subject line have very poor english and grammar too.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by xocats
If you use PayPal...please read this warning.
This morning, I received an e-mail message that looked like it was from PayPal.
It said that because of online fraud, PayPal needed to confirm my bank account info. or they would close my PayPal account.
I remembered that when I signed up for PayPal, I was told that if I was asked to click a link to get to their site from an e-mail...the message was fraudulent. I did not click the link. I went to PayPal & discovered that they had not sent the message.
If I had clicked the link...my bank account would have been cleaned out of money. I would have been robbed.
I feel really lucky that I remembered PayPal's warning.
Please be careful about hot links in e-mails that you receive.
Lei
if you didnt delete the message forward it to this address spam@uce.gov alot of the time they will try to find out who is sending them. Also it may be a good idea if you e-mail pay pal about it
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by Hydroaxe
The few I've bothered to read past the subject line have very poor english and grammar too.
The ones I received have been very convincing. The first time I got one from "ebay" I went to the site and searched for info on spoofs and found that what I had was fake. You can forward those on to spoof@ebay.com.
post #8 of 17
For suspected paypal spoofs you can send an email to spoof@paypal.com
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
I wish that I had not deleted the message. If it happens again, I will refer back to this thread & forward it to the right places.
I did not know about the e-bay spoof. Thanks for the warning.
Lei
post #10 of 17
The ones I send to spoof@paypal.com come back usualy telling me that, thanks for reporting and this is DEFINATELY not from paypal, be carefull.... yadda yaadda yadda

At lest they email back saying for sure that it was not from them.
post #11 of 17
If it is from them, they address you by name and bring into the body of the letter some confirmation that they are the legit one.
post #12 of 17
Some people really have too much time on their hands!
post #13 of 17
scary! i hate online things like that sometimes...geez!
post #14 of 17
I just got the ebay spoof the other day. I logged in from their site, NOT the email link, and reported it to them. They're good about responding quickly to let you know it's NOT from ebay. PayPal is the same way. You just have to be so careful out there!
post #15 of 17
PayPal sends quarterly emails to their subscribers, right? It's one of the legits from them I hope?
post #16 of 17
Thank you so much, Lei!
post #17 of 17
Thank you for the warning!!! That is so scary, to think that you could have been robbed like that! So far, I haven't gotten the e-mail (phew!).
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