PayPal Fraud Alert

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by beaucamera, May 7, 2005.

  1. I just received this message on a local forum and thought many of you might be interested since it involves Pay Pal fraud. I've left the name of the individuals off the message, but just cut and pasted the message text here FYI.

    "We received an e mail moments ago from "Pay Pal" advising us that a new
    user had been added to our account! (hp1buy5@aol.com) Shocked, we
    began to follow the link to investigate. The pages are EXACT replicas
    of genuine Pay Pal account pages. Suspicious, we logged out and went
    to the Pay Pal site to notify them of the potential fraud. We heard
    back from Pay Pal almost immediately (after having called the bank to
    freeze our accounts) that the original link we began to follow would
    have harvested our account # and password.

    Don't open or follow any link sent to your e mail from a financial
    institution. Log on to the site yourself and check the status of your
    account instead."

    Virginia
    aka beaucamera
     
  2. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    I got one this morning in my e-mail that said my account would be closed. up-date info.. i know better..

    YES IT IS FRAUD

    DO NOT ANSWER FROM ANY BUSINESS THIS TYPE OF REQUEST. REPORT IT TO THEM ...CALLLLLL THEM...

    PS: Thank you for posting this some may not know.
     
  3. Chris101

    Chris101

    Feb 2, 2005
    Arizona
    Absolutely Virginia - this kind of fraud is known a phishing in the law enforcement biz. I never do anything except delete any financial information requests. In fact

    only do online money exchanges when you yourself initiates the connection.

    That is, don't reply to any request for information if you havent gone through the services website yourself. A bank won't send you an email asking you to verify your account number, balance or any other personal information.
     
  4. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Thanks Virginia. Seems I get one of these every few days. The correct action, as pointed out, is to just delete it.
     
  5. F15Todd

    F15Todd

    Feb 1, 2005
    Tennessee
    The best advice I can give is to just delete emails from paypal or ebay. I never read them, because you can never tell who they really come from.

    Paypal and ebay would never ask for your information through an email or by having you hit a link to sign in someplace. This is the same for credi card companys.
     
  6. Brew

    Brew Guest

    There have been official looking bank inquires too logging you onto sites and have you enter your account number and password. Remember a bank will never do this.
     
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