PayPal email scam?

  • 360Varial
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Ok I just received an email from PayPal stating that there has been some unusual activity going on with my account. So I open up a new browser window, go to PayPal, reset my password, login, and find that no transactions have been made. NOW...I go back to check out the links provided in the email I was sent. I placed my mouse over the links and tried to figure out where they link to. It looks like the first one takes you to a hacker's server, and the second one looks like it takes you to the hacker's server but includes part of the actual PayPal privacy statement. I'm not too good with deciphering those type of things, so will you guys tell me if my suspicions are correct? Is this a scam?

Link 1: Looks like this "https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_login-run" but takes you to...

" http://65.54.184.250/cgi-bin/linkrd?_la ... ogin%2ehtm "

Here's a copy of the email.
Quote:
Dear valued PayPal® member:



PayPal® is committed to maintaining a safe environment for its community of
buyers and sellers. To protect the security of your account, PayPal employs
some of the most advanced security systems in the world and our anti-fraud
teams regularly screen the PayPal system for unusual activity.

Recently, our Account Review Team identified some unusual activity in your
account. In accordance with PayPal's User Agreement and to ensure that your
account has not been compromised, access to your account was limited. Your
account access will remain limited until this issue has been resolved. This
is a fraud prevention measure meant to ensure that your account is not
compromised.

In order to secure your account and quickly restore full access, we may
require some specific information from you for the following reason:

We would like to ensure that your account was not accessed by an
unauthorized third party. Because protecting the security of your account
is our primary concern, we have limited access to sensitive PayPal account
features. We understand that this may be an inconvenience but please
understand that this temporary limitation is for your protection.

Case ID Number: PP-xxx-xxx-xxx

We encourage you to log in and restore full access as soon as possible.
Should access to your account remain limited for an extended period of
time, it may result in further limitations on the use of your account.

However, failure to restore your records will result in account suspension.
Please update your records on or before July 30, 2004.

Once you have updated your account records, your PayPal session will not be
interrupted and will continue as normal.

To update your Paypal records click on the following link:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_login-run



Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Please understand that
this is a security measure meant to help protect you and your account. We
apologize for any inconvenience.


Sincerely,
PayPal® Account Review Department



PayPal Email ID PPxxxx


Accounts Management As outlined in our User Agreement, PayPal will
periodically send you information about site changes and enhancements.

Visit our Privacy Policy and User Agreement if you have any questions.
http://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cm ... cy-outside



NOTE* I edited the ID numbers.
  • Liquescence
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Post 3+ Months Ago

It is a scam. The link leads to:

http://207.218.158.82/~paypal/webscr1111/login.htm

Paypal would never use their IP address. Their links would always go to something like:

https://paypal.com
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Its a scam. Paypal has in their afreement when you sign with them, that they will never request your personal account information over an email.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Report it to authorities! :P
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Also, Paypal addresses with your full name. Never, "Dear Paypal user". That's one of the first ways you can spot frauds. eBay always use your full name as well.
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360Varial wrote:
Quote:
Dear valued PayPal® member:
Visit our Privacy Policy and User Agreement if you have any questions.
http://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cm ... cy-outside



following the link that the scammers provide you with, under section D will give you this piece of info:
Quote:
Any e-mail or other communication requesting your password, asking you to provide sensitive account information via email, or linking to a website with a URL that does not begin with https://www.paypal.com/ should be treated as unauthorized and suspicious and should be reported to PayPal immediately

Quite ironic in a way, they even give you the means to prove their guilt, yet still some people fall for it.

All the reasons mentioned above suggest scam. Plus the fact that the page you end up at is not secure. Agreed with Foxy, report them as it helps to get the scammers shut down as quickly as possible so less people are harmed by this.
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Yeah, I figured it was a scam when they addressed me as "dear user." I was thinking if they knew unusual activity was happening with my account then they should surely know my name. So yeah that was sort of fishy. And then when I checked out the links, I knew it was a fraud.
  • Axe
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Post 3+ Months Ago

there's scams like these all the time.
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My friend actually got scammed this way. He only realized after the 6th "scammed" transaction. So far the 1st two processed transactions came out to be about $250 each. Good thing he can still dispute all these.
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It never ceases to amaze me how some people actually manage to fall for these scam emails.
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They are very clever; I have had that email scam about 10 times, never falling for it (Thank God!).

The latest set of emails are about a Chinese Banker saying that a client has died and he need somebody to act as the next of kin to claim his money blah blah - I think I've been having the same set of scams since I was about 14 years old. :/ Its getting a tiiiny bit repetitive
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phpservers wrote:
The latest set of emails are about a Chinese Banker saying that a client has died and he need somebody to act as the next of kin to claim his money blah blah


Interestingly enough, I have gotten a few of those, except they are from a Nigerian Banker. [blur]BEWARE OF THE BANKERS!!!!![/blur] :lol:
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omg i just got one of those today lol its so stupid!!!
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Axe wrote:
It never ceases to amaze me how some people actually manage to fall for these scam emails.


It's quite easily done I must admit. The first time I got a (real) scam email, it looked exactly like an email from ebay, and I very nearly went ahead and followed the links. In the end I didn't, because, as I said above, they didn't have my full name.
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haha, I went into my hotmail email account (which has 40k Spam emails.. so I no longer use it :lol: )


I found 5 "paypal" scams (this one from July 7th)

Quote:
Dear PayPal member

During our regular verification process we were unable to verify your information. That is because your information is either incomplete or incorrect. To prevent your account from being disabled, we are asking you to login to your account and make sure that your account information is complete. To login to you account please click on the following link:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_login-run

You must login to your account within 7 days from receiving this notification, otherwise your account will be placed on limited access.

Thank You for using PayPal!

This PayPal notification was sent to your mailbox. Your PayPal account is set up to recieve the PayPal Periodical newsletter and product updates when you create your account. To modify your notification preferences and unsubscribe, go to https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_login-run and log in to your account. Changes to your preferences may take several days to be reflected in our mailings. Replies to this email will not be processed.

Copyright © 1999-2004 PayPal. All rights reserved. Designated trademarks and brands are property of their respective owners.


instead, it goes to
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http://www.paypal.com%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%
01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01
%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%0
1%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%
01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%
01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%
01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%
01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%
01%01%01%01%01@negyneks.netfirms.com/
  1. http://www.paypal.com%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%
  2. 01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01
  3. %01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%0
  4. 1%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%
  5. 01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%
  6. 01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%
  7. 01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%
  8. 01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%01%
  9. 01%01%01%01%01@negyneks.netfirms.com/
:lol:
Ive never even had paypal and im being told to update something that doesnt exist...


Ive even got some citibank... :shock: even tho I never have had an account with them :P [/quote]
  • ViperBorg
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Yeah, I reported those CitiBank ones. So clearly BS.
  • madmonk
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yeah I got the paypal scams too. took me by surprise/

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