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little-b | PayPal Email About Limited Account Access - Posted on 2006-09-23 15:59:25
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Hey everyone,
I just wanted to give you guys the heads up that there's a fake email message being sent out about PayPal account verification. Don't complete the verfication, don't do anything that the email asks of you!

The main message goes something like this:

=====================================================
Notification of Limited Account Access

Dear [email protected],
PayPal is committed to maintaining a safe environment for its community of buyers and sellers. 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 to remind you that on June, 4, 2006 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.

In order to secure your account and quickly restore full access, we may require you to verify or update your Personal Information.
If you choose to ignore our request, you leave us no choice but to temporary suspend your account.

Click here to login and restore your account access

Case ID Number: PP-679-44-401
This is a final reminder to log in to PayPal as soon as possible.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Please understand that this is a security measure meant to help protect you and your account.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

Sincerely,
PayPal Account Review Department
PayPal Email ID PP899
=====================================================

This is the actual verification link that you'll receive and it's totally bogus:
http://www.paypal.com.67944.parkdomains2.net/

I forwarded the email to PayPal, and their reply was as follows:

=====================================================
Dear Nong Lee,

Thank you for contacting PayPal about a fraudulent (spoof) email or Web
site. We appreciate you bringing this suspicious email to our attention.

We can confirm that the email you received was not sent by PayPal. Any
website which may be linked to this email is not authorized or used by
PayPal.

Our fraud prevention team is working to disable any website linked to
this email. In the meantime, please do not enter any information into
this website. If you have already done so, you should immediately log
into your PayPal account and change your password, as well as your
security questions and answers. We also recommend that you contact your
bank and credit card company immediately.

Please follow the instructions below to report an unauthorized
transaction associated with your PayPal account:

If you are able to log into your PayPal account:

1. Log in to your account at https://www.paypal.com
2. Select the "Resolution Center" subtab.
3. Click "Open a dispute."
4. Select "Unauthorized transaction," then click "Continue."
5. Enter or select the transaction ID for the transaction you would like
to dispute, then click "Continue."
6. Complete the report for Unauthorized Use on a PayPal Account, then
click "Continue."
7. Confirm that the claim is correct, then click "Submit."

If you cannot log in to your account, follow the instructions below to
report an unauthorized transaction associated with your PayPal account:

1. Go to https://www.paypal.com/
2. Click on the "Security Center" link located at the bottom of any
page.
3. Under the "Report a Problem" column, click on "Unauthorized
Transaction."
4. Click "Continue" under "Unable to log in?"
5. Confirm that the transaction in question is unauthorized then click
"Continue."
6. Complete the report for Unauthorized Use on a PayPal Account, then
click "Preview."
7. Confirm that the claim is correct, then click "Submit."
8. Confirm your account ownership by entering the financial information
requested, then click "Continue."

Lastly, we recommend taking a few steps to protect yourself from
identity theft:

1. Download the SafetyBar, a toolbar for Outlook and Outlook Express,
which identifies known spoof emails.
2. Get eBay Toolbar with Account Guard which warns you when you're on a
potentially fraudulent (spoof) Web site.
3. Sign up for Equifax Credit Alerts for PayPal Users, a program that
provides an early warning detection system in the event of identity
theft. Find out more by visiting the PayPal Identity Protection Center
at www.paypal.com/idprotection.
4. Frequently monitor your PayPal account for suspicious activity.

For additional tips please visit the PayPal Security Center at
https://www.paypal.com/security.

Thank you again for sending us your report. We appreciate your efforts
to keep PayPal safe.

Sincerely,

PayPal
PayPal Account Review Department
______________________________________________________________

Important: PayPal and its representatives will NEVER ask you to reveal
your password. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this policy. If anyone
claiming to work for PayPal asks for your password under any
circumstances, by email or by phone, please refuse and immediately
contact us via our secure webform online.


************************************************************************
This
email is sent to you by the contracting entity to your User Agreement,
either PayPal Inc or PayPal (Europe) Limited. PayPal (Europe) Limited is
authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority in the UK
as an electronic money institution.
***********************************************************************

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randomjunk | Untitled - Posted on 2006-09-23 19:47:07
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Oh wow. Thanks for that. I never would've guessed....

cKybayside | Untitled - Posted on 2006-09-23 19:51:50
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wow...thanks for sayin something..im dumb enough to think it's real!!!

Silver-dot- | Untitled - Posted on 2006-09-24 01:22:21
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Me, too. It looks and sounds completely legit!

Wow, you really can't trust a lot of things nowadays. What has the world come to?

Kahne_Earnhardt_Fan | Untitled - Posted on 2006-09-24 15:07:57
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That's why I'm grateful that i don't have a PayPal account... people are getting ridiculous.. Thanks for the heads up though...

CPKviperpheonix | Untitled - Posted on 2006-09-25 18:44:55
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argh, that dumbass e-mail.. they are 4ever tryin 2 send me that crap... then I logged on and i found out everything is ok

great idea though posting it 4 every1!!

PsychoEnigma | WOwsers - Posted on 2007-01-12 15:17:00
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That's why i never click links included in emails about that stuff. I always go to my address bar in a separate window anyway.

KKama67 | Untitled - Posted on 2007-01-23 19:11:12
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I did not respond to any emails like that but my paypal account has already been compromised!! It cost me nearly 1000 dollars! ****!

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