Paypal spoofs send convincing e-mails

By Derek Sooman on November 3, 2004, 12:23 PM
I've heard the odd story about this, but never actually experienced it first hand until today. I opened my inbox to discover I had an e-mail from Paypal (apparently), saying that there was a problem with my account. Some fraudulent activity had been detected with it, and I needed to re-validate it. I was required to enter some personal information, including my name, address, phone number, date of birth, credit card account number, bank card account number, bank card PIN -

Hang on! Bank card PIN! Why in the name of the Queen would Paypal want to know that? Hmmm... methinks something fishy is going on. So, after consulting the paypal website, I forwarded the (extremely authentic looking) e-mail to spoof@paypal.com . Here was what I got back:

"Thank you for bringing this suspicious email to our attention. We can confirm that the email you received was not sent to you by PayPal. The website linked to this email is not a registered URL authorized or used by PayPal. We are currently investigating this incident fully. Please do not enter any personal or financial information into this website."

In this instance, I was lucky enough not to fall for this, but I am sure lots of other people have. Please be careful on the net, folks, especially where money is concerned. If you have any doubt about the authenticity of an e-mail that you receive, always check with the sender before replying to it.




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poertner_1274 said:
I got this same thing quite a few times a week or so ago. I thought it was for real, so I did a little investigating first. I went to my paypal account, and changed my password, then looked at my account history and saw nothing relating to what they said I bought. The email looked very good, but after I got a 2nd and 3rd and 4th one I just deleted them and went on. I can see why this could be a very very bad thing for people who do not investigate the situation first before just giving up data.
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