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9:06 am on May 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I just received an email that looks and feels like it is from paypal, and in the email it is asking for Credit Card Info and even the form to fill in the info is there, but when you look into the source code the form action url is going to *OTHER* web site.. so if anyone gets such email - BE VERY CAREFUL -

nice way of trying to get others Credit Card Info.. I wonder, how many moms and pops running home business will fall for it and how much will this end up costing credit card companies.

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11:21 am on May 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Have you reported this to paypal?
11:41 am on May 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Yes, there are reports that the email scam is rising again. It is a good reminder to learn how to read email headers, to watch urls in your browser, and to never send anything of value through email.
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This has been going around for a couple of years. PayPal asks that your forward any of these emails to them (turning on the headers). Log into your PayPal account and find PayPal's spam/fraud reporting email address. It is under their help section, I believe, but I know I have seen it on the main page when there has been a jump in the number of these emails bring sent.
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Is that the one with paypal.com/@212.xxx.xxx.xxx or what ever it is?

5:37 pm on May 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

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It seems and feels like email from PayPal (email address for from field is paysecurity@p**pal.com) and the logo links back to PayPal (person is using paypal's bandwidth even for junk email... )

however the hearder points back to va.comcast.net and it seems like it leave the fingure print of the sender, so I am sure, it won't be hard for PayPal to find this person, especially as(if) he/she is in USA.

I have fired PayPal an email and also did called them at 6:05 AM (they open at 6 am CST) just with the hopes that this dork person does not end up getting tons of credit card information, cuz that might end up making hard for other ebusinesses in proving end users that internet is safe - but silly or not taking enough care is not.

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nice way of trying to get others Credit Card Info.. I wonder, how many moms and pops running home business will fall for it and how much will this end up costing credit card companies.

I have a good friend with whom I share numerous clients. I talked her into getting PayPal about a year ago so we could swap money back and forth when either of us got paid.

Anyway, three weeks ago, she called to tell me that she no longer had her PayPal account, and in fact, she no longer had any money in her bank account or on her credit cards.

She says she got one of those emails and never thought twice about it until her checks all started bouncing.

PayPal returned the money that was removed from her PayPal account, but that took 6 weeks.

She spent a whole day doing all the anti-ID-theft stuff.

 

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