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    PayPal E-mail Scam

    I received an e-mail today from PayPal (e-mail addy: service@paypal.com) stating a warning that someone was trying to access my account information. It came to my inbox and was not filtered as spam. I thought it was strange because I dont have an account, but sometimes my husband uses my e-mail address when signing up for things because I check more often and we have a PayPal account. He signed into PayPal and he had used his e-mail, not mine.

    I was still yet curious so I clicked on the link (I opened it in Firefox instead of Explorer) and I immediately got this warning: Web Forgery. This page is very likely to have been designed to trick users into sharing personal or financial information. Entering personal information on this page may result in identity theft or other fraud.
    The page that is opened looks exactly like the real PayPal website.

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    I've had the same email!!! Although I sent it to paypal and they were checking into where it came from.

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    This is a must read to help combat spoofe e-mails that appear to come from PayPal.

    The best advise is DON'T CLICK THE LINK FROM AN E-MAIL CLAIMING TO BE FROM PAYPAL. Open your Web browser manually and type paypal.com into the address bar to log in manually. If there are any messages at that point, then you know they came from PayPal.
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    I have been told that the best way to tell if it's paypal or not is to see if they address you by your name. If they do not then it's not paypal. I have fallen for this before and when I called PayPal customer support that is what they told me.

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    I got an email like that a while ago and I went to my account directly and saw that there were no messages from them to me in there so i knew it was not a legite email and I emailed it to paypal and they said it was a spoof email and would look into where it originated from.
    They obviously must not have done too much to stop these fake emails if they are STILL being sent.I think they should at least send out an email alerting everyone that uses paypal that something is circulating when they are ware of it.

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    I believe PayPal has a whole team dedicated to stopping these e-mails. Problem is, spammers can just set up a new Web site when the old one is shut down. If it weren't profitable for the scammers to be doing this, they would certainly go out of business.
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    If you're still uncertain, forward the email to spoof@paypal.com. They will tell you whether the email is legit.

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    Just got one today saying that I had bought a new laptop from Dell this morning @ 6:20 am, it was going to PA. I forwarded it to * spoof@paypal.com. * If the address from paypal does not say *paypal.com/US* it does not come from them. It should be forwarded to them and deleated from your e-mail. If you ever question something send it to them and they will send you an e-mail back with all the details.

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    Just Got One...

    I got one today in my inbox. I loved responding to it.

    Hope they don't steal all of my money!
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    Quote Originally Posted by spazntwitch
    I got one today in my inbox. I loved responding to it.

    Hope they don't steal all of my money!
    Can you tell me your password? I can't read it because of those stupid symbols.

    Gabriel

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    Always type the url directly into your browser to avoid scams.

    Also,

    Companies like Bank of America and Yahoo have the images on your login screen that you choose; however they are tied only to your computer and NOT your user id.

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    I got a similar one yesterday, saying that a new email address had been added to my account, and providing a link if I had any problem with that.
    I went straight to paypal, checked my account for changes (there were none) and forwarded the email to their fraud department.

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    I got one too...

    I run an Ebay store and have been bombarded with these emails for my Paypal and Ebay accounts for the past serveral days. in fact, someone was able to hack into my ebay store and mess and ton of stuff up that cost me $$ to fix. NEVER give away your password through your email, that's what I've been told and it's been working so far.

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