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Thread: Pay Pal Spoof

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    I ws poking around in my junk mail folder looking for something I thought I might have placed there accidentally. I found a very official looking letter from PayPal informing me that my information needed to be updated before Oct. 16 or my account would be suspended.

    I immediately called PayPal and was told by the person to whom I talked that the letter was a fraudulent attempt to get information. She e-mailed me a list of things to check to determine whether an e-mail is really from PayPal. First thing is that it will always addres you by your full name. They will never ask you for the kind of information this phishing letter asked for.

    Be very cautious about answering anything unsolicited from PayPal. You can always get the toll free number from the legitimate site. froggyintexas

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    thanks i will be careful. blessings ogama

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    Good to know...thanks!

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    We got that email too -- our first clue that it was not a real one is that it used an email address that isn't listed with pay pal.

    Went sent it on to pay pal.

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    I got that email, too, but just deleted it. I'm always in and out of PayPal so I figured I'd just update it the next time I was there. Now I may not have to at all. Thanks!

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    ThANKS for the heads up!!

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    ThANKS for the heads up!!

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    I also received this email weeks ago it said my info was about to expire, that was my flag it was fraud.

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    I received that same thing...I forwarded it to PayPal and it was a scam to PHISH for your information...beware...Naomi

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    Got it also...

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    I also received a letter like that. However, they happen so often I am always one step ahead of the crooks. Good thing you keep everyone aware of this!!!

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    When I get anything that's supposed to be PayPal or eBay, I send it to [email protected] or [email protected], they will usually send you an email telling if it's legitimate or not. I NEVER click on the url in an email cause it can be saying Paypal or whatever but really be directing you to someplace totally different. I go to my bookmarks/favorites and use the url there.

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    I get them all the time.

    The tip off that it is phishing or spoofing ... they do not use your real name! And if it is in junk mail too. All my official Paypal and ebay messages come thru to my main inbox, using my REAL full name.

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    Good to know

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    I used to get those phishing attempts after every transaction I had with Paypal. Someone was hacking... You can copy the email (with the full headers) and send it to Paypal to investigate. They want to know.

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    Thanks for alerting us!!

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    I just got one of those in my junk mail too. I was required to re-activate my PayPal account. Considering I don't have a Paypal account I knew it was a scam. Also had another one advising me I had won a considerable amount in the Irish Lottery! That was also a scam.

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    Paypal will never send you an offsite link to update information on their website. They will tell you to go to paypal.com and update the information there. I have had emails from them saying that my paypal debit card will expire, and to log onto their site, click on....(whatever profile or something?)

    I also sell items on ebay, and once sold some beads and jewelry making tools and accessories. final bid was like $300 or something. After 5 days when I still hadn't received payment, I sent an ebay message to the buyer. Come to find out that someone had sent her an email stating that "my paypal account has accidently been deactivated" and that she should send a western union money order to an address in Romania. She got suspicious and contacted ebay who said that it was fraudulent and there was nothing with my account. She forwarded all the emails to paypal, but as far as I know nothing ever happened to them. They didn't get the payment, thankfully.

    Now you may notice that when someone other than you bids on something and wins or doesn't win all you see is a character followed by asterisks. They way the the fraud happend in my case was the crook looked at the winner and guessed that her email address was the same as her ebay username and then added @mail.com, @yahoo.com and just happend to get lucky.

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    I got one too. Since I don't use pay pal , I just spamed it.

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    Thanks for the information. Where can I find the list that you were talking about that are for PayPal spam sites.

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    Thanks for the information. Where can I find the list that you were talking about that are for PayPal spam sites.

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    I have gotten emails like that too. But never click on the link.

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    It has infiltrated to emails over here as well...was suspicious, so deleted it.

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    I got a few during a long period when I wasn't using PayPal. Almost believed the trick, but no, did not take the bait. And alerted PayPal.

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    Yes, I got it also. Had gotten it before so knew it was a scam. It does look very official though. They do not ask for any personal information.

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