I just received this email and it sounds fishy to me. The attachment asks for my full account information. Note the incorrect spellings etc.
Your PayPal Service Security Verification®
Dear PayPal Customer,
During your regulry scheduled accounts manintenance verification procedure,we have detected a slight error regarding your PayPal Account This might be due to Unauthorization access to your PayPal Account..
Please verify your information by Downloading the Attachment file and open in a browser to Continue.
NOTE: At PayPal, your protection is our top priority and We're committed to keeping your PayPal accounts safe from unauthorized access.
IMPORTANT: *If your PayPal information is not verified within 48 hours then your ability yo access your paypal account will be restricted.
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This email was sent by an automated system, so if you reply, nobody will see it.
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Throw it away. Never download any attachments. If it really was from PayPal they would have known your name. When in doubt, go to their web place by keying in www.paypal.com (never follow a link in a fishy email) and log in - if they want you to know anything about a problem with your account or their new policies etc, you'll get the info there straight from the right source.
Plus 2 on that. What I do is call them on a real
telephone. they seem to be there 24/7
Paypal always uses your name in a letter to you.
Alot of companies actually do this too, so it makes it pretty easy to fish out the scams.
You want to help the next guy and forward stuff like that to firstname.lastname@example.org . They're good about getting these guys shut off. Of course, the crooks end up creating another similar website but it means that the current one and the mail referring to it is no good.
I've received official-looking emails, complete with company logos, about "your account" with banks and other outfits I've never done business with. They're sent out by the millions, fishing for people who actually do have accounts with those businesses, with the knowledge that some of those people will be fooled. Email scams are a major industry.
I have never responded to a email from paypal and have never had any problems. So I would say 99% of all emails like that are trash for sure.
I get a lot of pay Pal Pal e-mails and have never opened one of them because of warnings I received. Possibly from here. Go to your e-bay/pay pal account. If the message is real it'll be there. Legitimately.
Never respond to any company via your email. Regardless of the information posted. Close your email and go directly to the site or call them directly. Never respond through an email link. Never.
I love it when I get a message about "my account" from an institution I do no business with! I usually respond with a birthday of around January 1,1177 then my ssan is 000-00-0001 and of course my name is John Doe Smith-Jones
Thank's Tom. I got this back from PayPal:
Thanks for forwarding that suspicious-looking email. You're right - it was a phishing attempt, and we're working on stopping the fraud. By reporting the problem, you've made a difference!
Identity thieves try to trick you into revealing your password or other personal information through phishing emails and fake websites. To learn more about online safety, click "Security Center" on any PayPal webpage. Every email counts. When you forward suspicious-looking emails to email@example.com, you help keep yourself and others safe from identity
theft. Your account security is very important to us, so we appreciate your extra effort.
This email is sent to you by the contracting entity to your User
Agreement, either PayPal Ince, PayPal Pte. Ltd or PayPal (Europe) S.à
r.l. & Cie, S.C.A. Société en Commandite par Actions, Registered Office:
5th Floor 22-24 Boulevard Royal L-2449, Luxembourg RCS Luxembourg B 118
I got a good one four weeks ago claiming that I was being sued by the IRS and that they were handling the legal defense for many people. Please send name, address, phone, soc. sec. #, and a small down payment to cover misc. fees. Got my attention, but I told them that I worked for the IRS and I would look into it……click.
Wouldn't you love to catch up with these idiots.
PayPal always warns you that they will NEVER send an email- only see messages when you log into their site. Emails are always bogus.