Thursday, January 26, 2006

Paypal Scam?

Paypal is a popular online money transaction site. but i was surprised to see an email from the site to my spam box in since i haven't used this mail address for paypal. also it was in the spam box, so it made me suspicious. the email was directly to my mailing address. it went something like this.

From: PayPal <> Mailed-By:

Date: Jan 26, 2006 1:11 PM
Subject: Account Review Team

PayPal is committed to maintaining a safe environment for its community of customers. 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.

We are contacting you because on 25 Jan 2005 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.

To secure your account and quickly restore full access, we may require some additional information from you for the following reason:

We have been notified that a card associated with your account has been reported as lost or stolen, or that there were additional problems with your card.

This process is mandatory, and if not completed within the nearest time your account or credit card may be subject for temporary suspension.

To securely confirm your PayPal information please click on the link bellow:

We encourage you to log in and perform the steps necessary to restore your account access as soon as possible. Allowing your account access to remain limited for an extended period of time may result in further limitations on the use of your account and possible account closure.

For more information about how to protect your account please visit PayPal Security Center. We apologize for any incovenience this may cause, and we apriciate your assistance in helping us to maintain the integrity of the entire PayPal system.

Thank you for using PayPal!
The PayPal Team

For a first thought i thought it was not a spam since it looked like a genuine email source. but since i had no activity from my email address, i was not so sure. later i found that it was actually a fraud spam mail. man, these spam mails can be so tricky at times. the ones with the headings like "get millionaire in a day" are so easy to know to be spam but the ones like these can certainly get you. even with a high filtering sometimes these just pop in your inbox sometimes.

do u get spam mails like these too?


Ayannali said...

I did, and almost clicked on it, but remembered that my paypal account was under a different email addy.

I would always go to site and contact customer service....

Jill said...

Yeah these guys are really good. Maybe the CIA and NSA could used them. I keep getting messages about activitiy on my account in my e-mail that is not connected to paypal. Plus I dont keep money in there.

Dr.John said...

I had one. I knew it to be a scam but I clicked it anyway. It took me to a perfect duplicate of the pay pal entry page. So I entered ny email address as and my password as Whiplash. It opened a page and started asking poor Snodley for his credit card information. I typed in I Know You are a Crook and clicked out. Then I notified Pay Pal but I doubt they did anything.

Mik said...

Just send them to

You'd think people wouldn't fall for those anymore but as they keep get sent out they must get access to some people's accounts.


schmutzie said...

Any reputable company dealing with money (banks, paypal, etc.) will not include a direct link in an e-mail to you. If they do, always go to the actual site and not through the e-mail link. If they do not direct you at the actual site, then the e-mail was bogus.

Genevieve said...

Yup sometimes they can be tricky to figure out. I've actually gotten the same type of emails with one of my email accounts that didn't use paypal. The thing is I new it was a fraud email right away just by hovering over the URL link. When I hovered over it I noticed in the status bar on my browser that the address wasn't the same as what was stated in the body email. The domain direction was to a totally different site. Just have to be careful and trust your spam filter sometimes XD

Christina Jones said...

I have been getting TONS of these lately (3 this morning alone). I guess there is nothing PayPal can do about it, but they should be working a little harder than they are towards awareness I think.

Sangharsha said...

Hey guys,

May be someone used your email address to register in the paypal!

That is the most probable reason behind this.

Besides, i dont think these paypal guys do spam around! But who can say :D

aerobin said...

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