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Old 04-12-2009, 11:36 AM #1
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Fake paypal e-mail

I got a fake e-mail from pay pal after I sent someone some money. I have used pay pal only three times. Once in 2004, then Feb. 2009, and Apr. 2009. The phish came today and I don't believe in coincidences.
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Old 04-12-2009, 11:39 AM #2
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why you in the shocker forum?
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Old 04-12-2009, 11:55 AM #3
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Is it common to get phishing e-mails from pay-pal? IDK cause I rarely use them.
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Old 04-12-2009, 01:41 PM #4
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Paypal NEVER sends you an e-mail for advertising, or asking your account numbers or passwords. The fake paypal e-mails look just like the real deal, but are getting easier to pick up on.
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Old 04-12-2009, 02:17 PM #5
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This belongs in the theft forums.....
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Old 04-12-2009, 04:21 PM #6
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Old 04-12-2009, 04:34 PM #7
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I have got phish emails about paypal before. I dont do anything on paypal unless im actually logged into the site. If you get your paypal password stolen, that could be a disaster if its linked to your bank account.
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Old 04-12-2009, 05:24 PM #8
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I have got phish emails about paypal before. I dont do anything on paypal unless im actually logged into the site. If you get your paypal password stolen, that could be a disaster if its linked to your bank account.
Exactly. LOGIN to Paypal YOURSELF without clicking a link to it. Any messages/warnings/etc will be there. I don't trust any emails; it's hard to tell the difference nowadays.
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Old 04-12-2009, 09:48 PM #9
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It does not matter how many times you have used paypal or to who you send money to. Phishing scams are usually just a huge list of email address's that all get sent the same email pretending to be paypal. Your email was probably on one of those lists. Thats why when you post your email, you should put it as:

"thisismyemail(at)hotmail(dot)com"
not
"thisismyemail@hotmail.com"

That way spiders wont pick up your email address and you wont receive as much spam or as much phishing scams.

Don't get me wrong in the sense that someone could just be trying to hack your paypal alone, without mass emailing, but it is usually for a personal thing rather then one for financial gain.
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Old 04-12-2009, 10:13 PM #10
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Most harvesters I've seen can parse that. I use a small GIF of my email in cryptic text when needed. It's worked so far.

Eventually someone will slurp your email and that will be that.
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Old 05-08-2009, 06:31 PM #11
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You know it is a fake if you're first and last name isnt used in email. also many other minor details.
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Old 05-14-2009, 04:33 PM #12
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my dad got these too.
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