[bct] Re: possible spam e-mail regarding Paypal account suspension

  • From: "Joni Colver" <joni.colver@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2005 16:09:40 -0600

These are phishing emails and they are definitely trying to get your account 
and/or credit card information.  They can sometimes be very convincing and 
often appear to come from PayPal, eBay and lots of banks.  It is always best 
to go to a website where you have an account directly, not by using a link 
in an email.  I have changed my email address several times in the past few 
years so the spam and phishing emails haven't caught up with me again, but I 
know they will in time.

The important thing is not to visit your account by clicking on a link in an 
email because you never know where you will be directed and who will see the 
activity.  Go directly to PayPal or the bank website and check on your 
account that way.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <maryemerson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "bct" <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, December 12, 2005 2:28 PM
Subject: [bct] possible spam e-mail regarding Paypal account suspension

Hi all,

I got a couple messages that "looked" and that's in quotes, looked, 
official; they wanted me to update my account information or my account 
would be suspended. I wasn't sure what to think, so I went to the link in 
the e-mail and the log in looked legitimate, but I stopped when they wanted 
my credit card's pin number, claiming it was an additional security measure. 
I talked to my credit card company (I don't currently use a pin on my credit 
card) and they said it sounds very suspicious, which I agree with; so I just 
sent a message to Paypal (from paypal.com, not from any weird e-mail link.) 
I asked if the e-mail was legitimate, and included the message text. Will 
advise you when I hear back. I don't think paypal would ever, ever, ever ask 
for any pin number, but that e-mail almost had me convinced; so be careful 
and don't panic if you get something that says Paypal suspension notice as 
the subject of the e-mail. Contact paypal and report the spam, and include 
the text of the spam message you received. Let Paypal see what you received 
and be sure they verify with you whether or not this is legitimate. Somebody 
out there may be trying to get your money.

By the way, I looked on the Paypal site and there wasn't a single word about 
credit card updates or pin numbers. I even went into my account and looked 
at it.

I will advise when I hear back from Paypal.


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