PayPal - fraude attempt?
Thread poster: Pieter_H

Pieter_H  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:18
Norwegian to Dutch
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Feb 22, 2007

Yesterday I received an e-mail from an organization posing to be PayPal asking me to confirm my account by connecting to a link which was mentioned in the e-mail.

The reason for this confirmation was said to be repeated unsuccessful attempts to enter my account.

The e-mail was addressed to an e-mail account which I usually do not use, and not in connection with PayPal, anyway.
This I found suspicious and checked with the real PayPal-organization by logging on to my account . They confirmed that no such message was sent.

It therefore seems obvious that this is an attempt to crack PayPal-accounts. The only place where this particular e-mail address of mine and my PayPal account can be connected to each other is on

I will therefore warn everybody to be careful when they receive such an e-mail. It looked rather trustworthy, cause the PayPal-logo was used and addressed to " Dear valued customer".


Cintia Pecellin  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:18
Member (2003)
English to Spanish
I get those quite often Feb 22, 2007

Hi Pieter,

Unfortunately I also get the exact same message at least once a week... a pain. However, last month I called Paypal about it and they were extremely helpful!

All I have to do now is to resend all strange mails to That way they have all necessary info to track the sender and save me of all trouble.

I have already done it 4 times and so far I have stopped receiving those much-annoying messages. Give it a try!

Good luck and best from sunny Madrid,


Local time: 17:18
English to French
Dear "surname name"... Feb 22, 2007


for your information, "true" emails from Paypal always begin by "dear your surname + name".

Emails that don't mention your name are suspicious.


[Edited at 2007-02-22 11:27]


Ritu Bhanot  Identity Verified
Member (2006)
French to Hindi
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Paypal is not the only one Feb 22, 2007

I get e-mails from all sorts of strange banks... including one called Chase Manhattan Bank. I hadn't even heard its name when I received an e-mail for the first time.

Evidently, it's a very popular bank (if it exists, that is).

So how safe is your money in these banks?


sokolniki  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 10:18
English to Russian
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From Ebay, too.. Feb 22, 2007

I recently got two pretending to be from Ebay. Just do not click on links, but instead go directly to the website and login to check your status. Each company has spoof@companyname to forward this phishing email to.

[Edited at 2007-02-22 14:29]


Pamela Brizzola  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:18
English to Italian
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From (supposedly) Feb 22, 2007

I've received twice an e-mail message from a site pretenting to be the Italian postal service site (Poste Italiane) saying that my account details had to be checked, etc.
This was quite good, no lexicon or grammar mistakes.
They are getting more and more specialized.
Watch out!

Just received from fake Paypal
Today we had some trouble with one of our computer systems.While
the trouble appears to be minor, we are not taking any chances.We
decided to take the troubled system offline and replace it with a
new system.Unfortunately this caused us to lose some member data.
Please follow the link below and log into your account to make sure
your information is not affected.Account balances have not been affected.

(link removed)

Because of the inconvenience we are giving all users to repair their
missing data the next two incoming transfers will be for free!
You will pay no fees for your next two incoming transfers.

Protect Your Password

Never give your password to anyone and only log in on PayPal's
website.If anyone asks for your password, please follow the Security
Tips instructions on the PayPal website.

Thank you for using PayPal!

PayPal Email ID PP105

Throw it away!

[Edited at 2007-02-22 14:54]  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:18
English to Arabic
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This happens with my moneybookers account too Feb 22, 2007

I get such messages from time to time with different funny body as a try from the thief to persuade me to click the link provided by him/her.

The golden rule to avoid this hassle is not to login to account outside the login page you trust via writing its address yourself. However, it is better to bookmark it as thieves buy domains similar to those ones that you mistype. You can call it "Phishing" and the same happens through SMS to your mobile phone "SMiShing".


Ahmed Wadan
English-Arabic Financial Translator

[Edited at 2007-02-22 16:02]


ViktoriaG  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:18
English to French
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I get stuff like that from the Bank of Mexico (or someone posing as) Feb 23, 2007

The messages are in Spanish and they tell me my account is in danger. I have never been to Mexico!

Oh well... down the drain it goes...


Wulf-Dieter Krüger  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:18
English to German
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PayPal - fraud attempt or fraudulent? Feb 26, 2007

I am not happy at all with PayPal service.

Perhaps this has to do with the country I live in.

They think it is their money and not mine.

They want me to confirm the account using a debit card or a credit card.

Thai debit cards do not work outside Thailand, unless you are Thai.

As an expat in Thailand you only get a credit card when you make a Baht 100.000 a month. (The President of my university does not make that a month)

To ask PayPal to help, providing another solution and trying to do this by phone results in you being sent around their phone system and not being helped.

Sending them e-mails is not very helpful either it takes them ages to react.

I got paid $ 1,002.-- into it in January and since then they have not found a way to help me lifting limits ( so I can pay, e.g. here to become a member) or enabling me to transfer some of the money into my bank account in Thailand.

PayPal is becoming more and more a non-option for me, meaning I will turn down any job when somebody wants to pay using PayPal.


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