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PayPal phishing threats - Caution
Thread poster: Benny Raemaekers
Benny Raemaekers  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:48
German to Flemish
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Jul 29, 2005

Dear members,

Just received a fraudulous email of so called PayPal site.

Copy of email and answer of PayPal:

Dear valued PayPal® member,

Due to recent fraudulent transactions, we have issued the following security requirements.

It has come to our attion that 98% of all fraudulent transactions are caused by members using stolen credit cards to purchase or sell non existant items. Thus we require our members to add a Debit/Check card to their billing records as part of our continuing commitment to protect your account and to reduce the instance of fraud on our website. Your Debit/Check card will only be used to identify you. If you could please take 5-10 minutes out of your online experience and renew your records you will not run into any future problems with the PayPal® service. However, failure to confirm your records will result in your account suspension.

We are requesting this information to verify and protect your identity. Federal regulations require all financial institutions to obtain, verify, and record identification from all persons opening new accounts or obtaining ongoing payment services. This is in order to prevent the use of the U.S. banking system in terrorist and other illegal activity. For these reasons, PayPal® will utilize services provided by various credit reporting agencies to verify the information you submit to us.

Once you have updated your account records your pending PayPal® account transactions will not be interrupted and will continue as normal.

To update your billing records please login to your account by clicking here.

Thank you for your time,
PayPal® Billing Department.
Copyright © 1995-2005 PayPal Inc. All Rights Reserved. Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of the PayPal User Agreement and Privacy Policy.

Answer of PayPal:

Dear Benny Raemaekers,

Thank you for contacting PayPal. We appreciate you bringing this
suspicious email to our attention.

Commonly referred to as phishing, these emails are sent by fraudsters in
an attempt to collect sensitive personal or financial information from
the recipients. PayPal takes phishing threats seriously. Our fraud
prevention specialists are working 24/7 to help protect you and enable
the community to stay safe.

After review, we can confirm that the email you received was not sent by
PayPal. Any website which may be linked to this email is not authorized
or used by PayPal.

Our fraud prevention team is working to disable any website linked to
this email. In the meantime, please do not enter any information into
this website. If you have already done so, you should immediately log
into your PayPal account and change your password, as well as your
security questions and answers. We also recommend that you contact your
bank and credit card company immediately.

If you notice any unauthorized activity on your PayPal account, please
report it to us by following the instructions below:

1. Log in to your account only from the PayPal website. Do not use
links provided in any email.

2. Click on the Security Center link at the bottom of the page.

3. Click on the 'Unauthorized Transaction' link under the Report a
Problem column.

4. Follow the instructions on this page in order to access the
appropriate form.

Lastly, we recommend taking a few steps to protect yourself from
identity theft:

> Download the SafetyBar, a toolbar for Outlook and Outlook Express,
which identifies known spoof emails.
> Get eBay Toolbar with Account Guard which warns you when you're on a
potentially fraudulent (spoof) Web site.
> Frequently monitor your account for suspicious activity.

For additional tips please visit the PayPal Security Center at

Once again, thank you for reporting this suspicious email. Your
vigilance helps us in our efforts to protect the PayPal community. If
you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us again.



Important: PayPal and its representatives will NEVER ask you to reveal
your password. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this policy. If anyone
claiming to work for PayPal asks for your password under any
circumstances, by email or by phone, please refuse and immediately
contact us via our secure webform online.

email is sent to you by the contracting entity to your User Agreement,
either PayPal Inc or PayPal (Europe) Limited. PayPal(Europe) Limited is
authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority in the UK
as an electronic money institution.

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Anne Grimes
United States
Local time: 05:48
Member (2005)
Spanish to English
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paypal phishing Jul 30, 2005

I get those kinds of paypal phising emails all the time. Don't open them , just forward them to paypal and they will investigate it. And never give them your acct. # or password.

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Local time: 11:48
English to German
no actual names Jul 30, 2005

First and foremost indicator for a scam is usually the impersonal "Dear valued Paypal/Ebay/Bank member" or similar greeting. If these companies do have to mail you for something they will address you by your name. Not that any of these companies would ask you to send sensitive information to "them" via mail instead of requesting the use of the respective website. However, when I receive this kind of email I am appalled at how impudent these people are when they add things like:

To update your billing records please login to your account by clicking here.

Thank you for your time,
PayPal® Billing Department.
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Copyright © 1995-2005 PayPal Inc. All Rights Reserved. Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of the PayPal User Agreement and Privacy Policy.

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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:48
English to German
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Moving the topic... Jul 30, 2005 Safe Computing.

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Narasimhan Raghavan  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:18
English to Tamil
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I too get such mails Aug 3, 2005

Not only from Paypal but also from many banks. The funny thing is, I do not have any accounts in the said institutions in the first place.


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