I’m a bit nervous to be posting again since I’ve had so much trouble with my updates being sent to my list multiple times. I’m really sorry that happened and I’ve been assured that the problem is resolved, so here goes.
I’ve posted before about getting false emails from Paypal, telling me my account had a problem and I needed to click the link and fix it. I know better than to pay attention to them, but the most recent one gave me a panic attack. It was a short email, just advising me that a new email address (and then a specific hotmail address was mentioned) had been added to my Paypal account.
Well, I’ve never logged into my Paypal account so fast. There was no extra email address listed and I breathed a sigh of relief. But instead of forgetting about it, I forwarded the false email to Paypal. Here is their response:
“Thanks for forwarding that suspicious-looking email. You’re right – it
was a phishing attempt, and we’re working on stopping the fraud. By
reporting the problem, you’ve made a difference!
Identity thieves try to trick you into revealing your password or other
personal information through phishing emails and fake websites. To learn
more about online safety, click “Security Center” on any PayPal webpage.
Every email counts. When you forward suspicious-looking emails to
firstname.lastname@example.org, you help keep yourself and others safe from identity
theft. Your account security is very important to us, so we appreciate your
It didn’t take me more than a minute to forward that email to Paypal. Maybe as a result, some of these crooks can be caught. I invite you to do the same and send any suspicious Paypal emails you receive to the address above. Together we can make the Internet a safer place.
[tags]Paypal, phishing emails, spoof email[/tags]