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A new fraud attempt against PayPal members?

by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 12, 2005 6:09 AM PDT

If this has already been reported, then my apologies, but this is the first I have received of a new variant email attempting to get my credit/debit card details from a PayPal membership account.

It's sneakier than the first, in two ways.

1] It is asking for debit/check card details, ''because'' of reports of stolen credit/debit cards being used to purchase or sell non-existant items, (presumably in eBay). It asks for our card details to identify us.

2] The link address under ''clicking here'' is
h t t p ://paypal.connect03.com/cgi-bin/webscr.html?cmd=_login-run

which very closely resembles the format of their home page address, ie,
h t t p s ://www.paypal.com/uk/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_login-run

So, beware any emails received from PayPal or any other organisation where finance is involved, that they are genuine.

PayPal themselves say if they did send an email to a member, they would use the member's own name or Corporation name, as appropriate, but in my own case, even if got such an email, I would question it with PayPal first.

The email I received is below;


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: New Security Requirements
Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2005 11:12:54 -0600
From: PayPal <billing@paypal.com>
Reply-To: PayPal <billing@paypal.com>

Dear valued PayPal

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(NT) It's a spoof
by bglover51 / June 12, 2005 8:21 AM PDT

I love spoofstick! Shows the actual domain holder as connect3.com.

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Thanks for the headups Mark,
by roddy32 / June 12, 2005 8:37 AM PDT

Reporting these is never a repeat IMO whether it is or not. I'm sure there are many people that are unaware of these scams so if it keeps even just one person from getting scammed that's great.

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