This notice is for anyone using Paypal, but it also pertains to any other online accounts you may have that has any of your financial or other pertinent info online!
I received an e-mail this afternoon on my home account from what appears to be a source from Paypal. The below is a direct copy of the message that was left in my Inbox at home, minus the link that was inside the message for obvious reasons.
We recently have determined that different computers have logged into your
PayPal account, and multiple password failures were present before the login.
One of our Customer Service employees has already tryed to telephonically reach you.
As our employee did not manage to reach you, this email has been sent to your notice.
Therefore your account has been temporary suspended. We need you to confirm your identity
in order to regain full privileges of your account.
If this is not completed by 28 March, 2007, we reserve the right to terminate all
privileges of your account indefinitly, as it may have been used for fraudulent
purposes. We thank you for your cooperation in this manner.
To confirm your identity please follow the link below:
Thank you for your patience in this matter.
PayPal - Customer Service
Please do not reply to this e-mail as this is only a notification. Mail sent
to this address cannot be answered.
If you read the message closely, you can see the inconsistencies in the language and you can tell that this is in fact NOT sent from Paypal. What tipped me off this afternoon was “temporary suspended”. It should read “temporarily suspended”. This message was written by some hack who set up a website where you would log into and leave YOUR information for them to do with as they pleased. If someone had clicked on the link that was contained in the message, the site would appear to be exactly like Paypal’s site and if you did not know it was a scam then you could have inputted information that would give these people access to your account!
Remember to always be mindful of what you are getting in your e-mail when it comes to your financial sites or any other site where you have inputted any type of personal or financial information. Always double check by physically going to the internet and typing the website of the institution in question. IE, I went out to the internet and physically logged into Paypal at www.paypal.com using my login information and viola! My account was NOT suspended. Only by going to the site and logging in can you ensure that your account has not been compromised! NEVER follow a link in your e-mail asking to verify ANY financial information!
I apologize for spamming everyone’s e-mail accounts today with this information but I felt it was a valid excuse to do so in light of this scam. It’s very easy to fall victim to these but if you are vigilant and always double-check what you are seeing, you have a much better chance of not getting caught up in very time consuming issues trying to regain your finances or your identity!
Be careful out there!
- Prv. Keith Munroe
- Battalion 4
I sent this out to my department this afternoon while I was at work so that hopefully no one would get caught with their pants down! Figured I'd pass it on to my freinds out here on CC too!