Saturday, April 26, 2008

Phishing Scams that PayPal Members Should Watch Out For!

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I'm getting tired of getting these PHISHING Scams! I probably get one of these PayPal Phishing Scam Emails everyday. What is a Phishing Scam? Per Wikipedia:

In computing, phishing is an attempt to criminally and fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. eBay, PayPal and online banks are common targets.

These kinds of emails now go directly to my Spam folder. But if I see themI always forward them to: spoof@paypal.com. And I strongly advise everyone to do the same. Here is a screen shot of what I typically get in my inbox.

At first glance, you will really think that it's a legitimate PayPal email especially if you only look at the PayPal logo on top. It's exactly the same. So how do you know if it's a legitimate email or not? Here's what's on Wikipedia on this:

PayPal phishing example


In an example PayPal phish (right), spelling mistakes in the email and the presence of an IP address in the link (visible in the tooltip under the yellow box) are both clues that this is a phishing attempt. Another giveaway is the lack of a personal greeting, although the presence of personal details would not be a guarantee of legitimacy. Other signs that the message is a fraud are misspellings of simple words and the threat of consequences such as account suspension if the recipient fails to comply with the message's requests.

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Everytime you get an email like this one, NEVER click the link/s provided in the email. Instead go directly to the PayPal website by directly typing the PayPal URL on the address bar. Then contact their support directly. Their customer service will be more than happy to let you know if there is indeed some problems with your PayPal account with them.

Or you can just do what I do...forward any suspicious PayPal realted emails to: spoof@paypal.com.

13 comments:

JeFf & NoVa said...

thank you for the tips and the warn...that helps a lot te juls...


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Dana said...

Thanks Juliana for this post...Now, all the bloggers will be warned and be cautious!!!

Mommy Ruby said...

i always get this. i was so close of giving my info but good thing i checked my paypal accounts first.

hope you have a great weekend!!

tanya said...

i recieve that king email too early last month, I know its a scam because they ask for info...

retchel said...

I got the same email last month...and I know it was not from Paypal..nice post sis


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Ritchiela said...

On the other hand,wala pa naman akong na receive na tulad nito...thank you sa babala at least may idea me if ever I receive this type of scam.

Happy Weekend to you and your family po.

Avee said...

Wow this is such a great help for us paypal members. So far I do not get this kind of email yet.

Happy Weekend!

blessedmom said...

That's very helpful hotness mommy juliana! Thanks a lot for sharing that information. I just signed up, and good thing I got this warning from you. :)

Have a happy weekend with your pretty daughter! :)

Vincent Bautista said...

Thank God I haven't received any PayPal scams like this one yet. I won't open this that's for sure. I delete my spam messages immediately especially the ones that I said i won A billion dollars or something. Hehehe. ^_^

desperate blogger said...

lol! hawig tayo ng posts! nag kopyahan sa panaginip! anyway. pls get your tag

Marie said...

i heard about this before sis... great reminder here... appreciate it...

Ivy Sterling said...

Oh gosh this is scray, baka ma wala yung lahat ng pera natin sa paypal na pinag hirapan pa naman natin...thank you for the tip mommy Jul its really good reminder to all of us.

Sweetiepie said...

I heard a lot of people getting that email. so far I have not get it yet.

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