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CURIOUS E-MAIL FROM PAY-PAL!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by pacojas, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN" Supporting Member

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    here is an excerpt of an e-mail i just received from PP. i'm wondering if this is a corporate ploy to gain more private info from clients. if you know more than i do, please chime in!
    thanks,:)


    Hello

    security measure, we regularly screen activity in the system.

    You received this message due to an issue on your account.

    Due to unusual number of invalid login attempts on your account, we have reason to believe there might be security breach on your account. Your account requires extra verification process to ensure your identity under Your Account.

    Log in to view now


    they are asking me to provide a phone number that is linked to a separate PIN for log-in. :confused:
  2. 6jase5

    6jase5 Mammogram is down but I'm working manually Gold Supporting Member

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    As with any potential phishing email, clear your history/cashe, type the url directly, see if anything odd is going on.

    Never click through a message asking for anything. Like this link for instance, do not click on it.
  3. bkbirge

    bkbirge Supporting Member

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    Go to paypal directly and ask if it's legit. Don't go from a link, type in the url. Sounds fishy to me.
  4. PAC

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    Delete. It's a scam.
  5. Jim Nazium

    Jim Nazium Supporting Member

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    Looks like a phishing scam to me.
  6. 3234718

    3234718 Supporting Member

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    +100
  7. slobake

    slobake Supporting Member

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    I get phising emials like this that look like they are from Paypal. When they get through my spam filter I ignore them.
  8. i_got_a_mohawk

    i_got_a_mohawk

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    As everyone else says, double check all the links and the email address it came from.

    However, when I sign into Paypal the first page does often ask me for a phone number which it can associate to the Paypal account, which it associates by sending a PIN to the phone which you then enter on the website.

    All in all, it could be legit, as Paypal are certainly trying to implement something similar at the moment. However, go direct to the Paypal website, not via links in the email. Also, I wouldn't ignore it just incase there has been dodgy activity on the account.
  9. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN" Supporting Member

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    first,.. thanks for your replies!;)

    i was suspicious because of the "broken-english" style of the message. even though, like mohawk wrote about the phone number option, i was about to click their link. i'm glad you guys encouraged me to use the main web site to login!
    upon doing so, i immediately noticed the email address the Scammer used isn't the one i have on file with PP!!!:eek:
  10. Immigrant

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    Thank you for the first LOL of the week for me.
  11. Milk

    Milk Supporting Member

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    I get those from my bank. Well i mean, pretending to be my bank.
  12. i_got_a_mohawk

    i_got_a_mohawk

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    I get those too, and from every other major bank too!


    Usually a give away!
  13. Indiana Mike

    Indiana Mike Supporting Member

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    The grammar gives it away

    Scam
  14. ShredderMaximus

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    Long time no see, Mr. Astley...
    :D
  15. BurningSkies

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    I don't make this offer to everyone, but I'll do it for you.

    PM me your Paypal username and password and I'll be happy to check it out from here. I'll let you know what I find.
  16. SoonerMatt

    SoonerMatt It looks like a mira- IT'S IN THE HOLE! Supporting Member

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    I always found it funny when I got emails from twitter saying my account had been compromised when I didn't have one ;)
  17. electracoyote

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    This.

    Go straight to PayPal, log in, and check to see if your account is still intact and unadulterated.

    If so, that e-mail is a scam.

    PS--Anyone still using PayPal without the keycode extra PIN is missing an extra layer of security. PayPal will send you the key for free (well, they did for me a couple of years ago anyway). When you use PayPal, you have to press a button on the key for an extra six-digit security number. You can't be too careful these days.
  18. 1958Bassman

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    Go to PayPal and look for a link in the FAQs about spam e-mails, or call them to ask for instructions. If you think it's a scam, they'll ask you to forward it to them using an address similar to "spoof@paypal.com".
  19. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN" Supporting Member

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    oops,... i deleted it!:bag:
  20. Pilgrim

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    Phish....and a very transparent one.

    Any time you want to do something with an online account, don't do it from an email.

    Login through the normal website path - if your account needs attention, you'll get a pop-up or other notice.

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