I assume this arrived via email??? I ALWAYS use my own links, even when receiving emails with links in them, even when I'm expecting something. These "people" (I wanted to say something else but this is a family orientated forum) are getting very good at stealing our money.
Yes Ted, I got about 6 of them at the same time this morning..
I visited the site sand boxed and took the screen shot...
The problem with these is that I have a PayPal account.
This is how they fool people but I'm wise to these tricks but others are not and will the go there and try to log on and then they get their ID stolen..
Here's the message: Pretty good English too on this one..
As part of our security measures, we regularly screen activity in the
PayPal system. We recently contacted you after noticing an issue on your
account.We requested information from you for the following reason:
We have reason to believe that your account was accessed by a third
party. Because protecting the security of your account is our primary
concern, we have limited access to sensitive PayPal account features. We
understand that this may be an inconvenience but please understand that
this temporary limitation is for your protection.
Case ID Number: PP-157-769-503
To restore your Account Access click on the link below:
( LINK REMOVED)
Completing all of the checklist items will
restore your account access.
This is a third and final reminder to log in to PayPal as soon as
Once you log in, you will be provided with steps to restore your account
access. We appreciate your understanding as we work to ensure account
In accordance with PayPal's User Agreement, your account access will
remain limited until the issue has been resolved. Unfortunately, if
access to your account remains limited for an extended period of time,
it may result in further limitations or eventual account closure. We
encourage you to log in to your PayPal account as soon as possible to
help avoid this.
To review your account and some or all of the information that PayPal
used to make its decision to limit your account access, please visit the
Resolution Center. If, after reviewing your account information, you
seek further clarification regarding your account access, please contact
PayPal by visiting the Help Center and clicking "Contact Us".
We thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Please understand
that this is a security measure intended to help protect you and your
account. We apologize for any inconvenience.
PayPal Account Review Department
PayPal Email ID PP638
Such emails should be forwarded to email@example.com and they will take the measures necessary to take the bogus sites down.
I used to foward them but then they raised the fees so I stopped...
While I have an account there I don't use it any more because it's too expensive...
Forwarding a PayPal spoof does not cost you anything, and it might help to find the perpetrators of this phishing scheme. I would use Rui's link. I have done this many times in the past and it has not cost a cent.
In most email clients, if you hover over the link in a phishing email, you can see the site actually pointed to at the bottom of the message window. Its almost aways obvious that it's not a legit site. As Ted stated, always open your browser and manually type in the site address if you get an Email that looks like it applies to you. Never click on the link in the Email.
Here's the dead give away, "Dear PayPal Member,". When an e-mail claiming to originate from a company fails to be addressed to your name, its a sure scam.
I wouldn't quite go that far, Doc. Reason to be suspicious? Absolutely. Reason to automatically flag as a scam? Not necessarily. In this case, it's the content, which is clearly not suitable for a mass mailout, in conjunction with the generic addressing, that elevates this into the "almost-certain scam" category without clicking on anything or checking any links.
While I realise that there are people without any real interest in I.T. in the world and thus the scams, spams and spoofs that arise all the time, what gets me is that if we go back to the 1970s, for example and someone turned up at your door and said they were from your local bank and you needed to sign this withdrawal form now and gave a valid reason that sounded real, most people would call the cops immediately!!
So why is it that the same sort of scam is just believed because it appears on your device/computer? What makes people more inclined to believe what they read online versus what they read in a traditional newspaper?
Did most of the planet suddenly lose the ability to be skeptics or did the age old catch phrase everyone laughs at "It was on TV therefore it MUST be REAL!" just make people more gullible and thus accept anything on their monitor?
I am constantly assailed by scam emails. You won $45,000 in the UK lotteries! Reply to this email to collect! This is a picture of an entry on your interpol record. Did you REALLY do that disgusting thing? I am a Prince from Uganda and if you send me $25,000, I can bribe my inheritance out of the bank and I can refund you four times your investment in 3 weeks!
Whatever happened to reading with disbelief?
You know, if someone sends a scam out saying "Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane!.....etc" I am going to go around wearing my undies on the outside and scaring criminals into submission as a result because EVERYONE will believe I am SUPERMAN (or Batman, depending on the colour of my undies on any given day! ;-})
Wake up World! People lie a lot. They also send lies to you hoping you are gullible! Start by NOT believing things then trying to prove they are real! If you cant prove they are real then assume they arent!
Wrong, Mike. PayPal will specifically tell you (as they have told me, personally) that they will ALWAYS call you by name in any communications they send to you. Anything that addresses you in a generic way ("Dear PayPal Member," for instance) is AUTOMATICALLY a phishing scam and should be reported to PayPal.
Am I crazy, or does the same ad in that scam email appear as a stand alone ad at several popular web sites?
BTW, Yahoo Mail Plus has been relegating these scams to my Spam Folder for months now. Not one got to my Inbox. I'm just saying...
The only way to avoid any of these types of scams is to just not click on any links in the email even if it is a legitimate email from your bank.
Then go to your bank and log on and look for the communication there.
Of course, a lot of people don't practice that because it may take a few more minutes to do and everyone wants to do things fast so they click on the links..
How do I know this is not a Spoof email?
Spoof or ‘phishing’ emails tend to have generic greetings such as "Dear PayPal member". Emails from PayPal will always address you by your first and last name.