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PayPal Customer Review Team Warning of Unusual Charges-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor: This is an email allegedly sent from PayPal that says
they have detected unusual charges on the credit card that is linked to
the PayPal account. The email warns that the account has been limited
and comes with a compressed file attached for the reader to
open and confirm the account.
The Truth: This is an impressive looking
phishing scam with a sense of urgency that could trick the reader into
replying and divulging all sorts of personal information.
Take a look at the image below then scroll down for tips to help you spot a possible phish:
How to Spot a Phish:
We found some clues in the message
that helped us to determine that this was a fraudulent email.
The first one was obvious, the sender address was
not from a PayPal.com email address.
The email said that there were unusual charges on the credit card linked
to the PayPal account. Usually, it is the bank who issued the
credit card that would send such a notice, not PayPal.
Also, PayPal does not normally send
emails to a customer using BCC or undisclosed-recipients. PayPal
would never send such a notice address to "Dear Valued Member." If
the online payment site sends an email notification to a client they
will address the recipient by the name that the customer used to
register the account.
Paypal.com has a comprehensive guide on
their site on how to spot phishing.
Click here for guide.
This email is a new and improved version of and older phishing scam
disguised to look like it came from PayPal.
here for old scam.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
-This email has been sent by PayPal's Customer Review
Team. Please read it carefully.-
Dear Valued Member,
Unusual charges were recently detected to a credit
card linked to your PayPal account.
Due to this, access to your account was limited.
There were numerous log-in attempts by an unauthorized
user to your account.
To ensure greater security, we have limited access to your account. We
have attached a file
in this e-mail for you that will verify that you are the legitimate
account holder (owner).
Please download and open it in your browser.
(This security breach issue may be found under
reference PP # 684-883-552)
Thank you for your immediate attention to this matter.
Please understand that this
is a security measure taken by our security team intended to protect you
and your account. We apologize
for any inconvenience.
PayPal Customer Review Team - 2012
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