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  1. #1
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    Paypal Spam getting smarter?

    I almost forgot that I didn't register for paypal with that e-mail address...yet I happen to get this in that email addrss.
    I didn't edit the north_pools e-mail address. I only edit out mine.

    Dear [email protected]


    This email confirms that you sent $67.00 USD to [email protected].


    ------------------------------
    Payment Details
    ------------------------------

    Amount: $67.00 USD
    Transaction ID: 3FS8711Xsg44FFfF67


    View the details or cancel this transaction online at:
    <Removed>


    Thank you for using PayPal!
    The PayPal Team


    Your monthly account statement is available anytime; just log in to your
    account at
    <Removed>

    To correct any errors,
    please contact us through our Help Center at
    <Removed>



    Please do not reply to this e-mail. Mail sent to this address cannot be
    answered. For assistance, log in to your PayPal account and choose the
    'Help' link in the header of any page.
    Last edited by anon-e-mouse; 07-14-2005 at 11:59 PM.

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    Nah, it's not getting smarter, just more annoying.
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    Originally posted by Pheaton
    Nah, it's not getting smarter, just more annoying.
    Agreed! I must get at least three of these a day to domains not associated at all with PayPal!

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    Actually it is getting smarter...

    There is one I got the otherday that when you click on the link it takes you to an ip (not paypals) and then it says "this page has been moved"

    You click this link and it opens a chromless window that has a form at the top that appears like the address bar with paypal.com in it.

    Pretty tricky. hehe.
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    paypal scams

    Yes thieves are getting smarter by the day. Be wary
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    Originally posted by JSpired
    Agreed! I must get at least three of these a day to domains not associated at all with PayPal!
    But they're getting harder to spot, by using some pretty tricky subdomains, an other cloaking technology. No wonder they fool the majority of average net users. It's getting to the stage where you simply cannot believe any email announcement, coming from PayPal, ebay etc.
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    heh, i just click next on my email ;p too lame to look throuhg every single one
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    malicious emails

    Sometimes we get important project enquiry emails with short subject lines. Like "Reg" , "Reg project" , "Give me a price" etc so it becomes imperitive that we sift through many emails and in the process we do end up opening wrong emails but We need to be very wary about not clicking on links or .exe files which come with the spam or malicious emails.
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  9. #9
    And so, did your account deducted, indianberry?

  10. #10
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    Anyone in the right mind wouldn't fall for one of those idiotic scams.

  11. #11
    Originally posted by webrat3r
    Anyone in the right mind wouldn't fall for one of those idiotic scams.
    So you go on your kids computer because someone told you that you could get a glass really cheap on the internet, you go buy the glass and pay via paypal.

    The next day checking to see if its been dispached you get an email saying that paypal are doing a security update and you need to follow the links.

    If you have only been online for 2 days, then you are not going to know.

    I think its the responsibility of the people who do know to report the scams as quickly as possiable to everyone it should be reported to so that the newbies dont get caught.

    My mum still thinks that her website is [email protected] she doesnt understand the difference between email and a web site. (i am trying!)
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    I get too many PayPal, eBay, and SunTrust bank phishing emails.

    Fooled my dad the other day. He called me on two instances.

    The first PayPal password "phishing " email and the other, [email protected] requires you to open this attachment

    ". . . confirm the attached document so you will not run into any future problems with the online service."

    I just laughed and told him, welcome to the internet

    He's not new to the internet just the phishing scams.
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    Goes to prove that we must be ever vigilant in order to keep up with hackers, and scammers.
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    I got one from bank of America the other day. My sister noticed it had a "different" address in the browser. The scarey thing it had my credcard # and I have never used their online banking.

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    Somebody should write a script that floods these phishing pages with false information.

    Something like PhishDestroyer.com where you can input the address of the phisinh site, the script will verify it's a real phishing site, then bombard it with false information.

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    i dont see how they get fun out of doing this

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    We received one the other day that said: "someone has added [email protected] new email address to your account. If this was not you please follow the link below and update your account informaiton"

    The site was a pretty good knock off of paypal but didn't fool us. We traced it back to China. We turned them in to the authorities but this is getting rediculous because we spend half of our time tracking stuff like this for us and our customers.

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    Originally posted by gemcotechnologies
    We received one the other day that said: "someone has added [email protected] new email address to your account. If this was not you please follow the link below and update your account informaiton"

    The site was a pretty good knock off of paypal but didn't fool us. We traced it back to China. We turned them in to the authorities but this is getting rediculous because we spend half of our time tracking stuff like this for us and our customers.
    I think in China they woudl have less of their people spamming other people because hey would be keeping track of people online.
    Originally posted by davidaus
    And so, did your account deducted, indianberry?
    I didn't click the link. I found it odd. I don't have an hotmail account register with paypal. When I go to paypal, I have to try many different password until I can get the right password that I used to sign in my paypal account. So either way, the first password I put in would jave been wrong.

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    Originally posted by Webdude
    Somebody should write a script that floods these phishing pages with false information.

    Something like PhishDestroyer.com where you can input the address of the phisinh site, the script will verify it's a real phishing site, then bombard it with false information.
    However appealing this sounds, I think its best if the hosts just keep a close eye on who signs up for them. (hahaha dont hurt my servers )

    We have had a couple sign up and were shut down within 40 minutes. (mostly because we turned off automatic account creation)
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    Originally posted by VolkNet
    However appealing this sounds, I think its best if the hosts just keep a close eye on who signs up for them. (hahaha dont hurt my servers )

    We have had a couple sign up and were shut down within 40 minutes. (mostly because we turned off automatic account creation)
    Thats the usual passive method, which doesnt nothing to really stop them. They set their page up at one host, spam out, then start the transfer to another host before they can be shut down.

    So if instead of being shut down, they were slammed with thousands and thousands of submissions of false information, it wouldnt take them long to give up....

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    I wish the link wasnt edited out,i always like doing my duties by filling out EVERY LIKE OF THIER FORMS.........




















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    Originally posted by The Dude
    I wish the link wasnt edited out,i always like doing my duties by filling out EVERY LIKE OF THIER FORMS.........

    Nice one!
    Could have done that if I wasn't so chicken about getting virus....

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    Originally posted by MR.GRUMPY
    i dont see how they get fun out of doing this
    I don't know how much, if any, fun they have doing this, but one thing is for sure: most of them do it for the money! So many people fall for phishing scams like this that one can make a pretty decent salary by simply sending out tens of thousands of emails with a hijacked server or a $10 shared hosting account, albeit illegitimately. I, personally, wouldn't feel comfortable with the notion that I wasn't making my living legally -- and that I was ruining people's short-term (or even long-term) financial lives -- but, hey, whatever floats your boat. Then again, I don't really think "whatever floats your boat", because I don't want one of my extended family members to fall prey to these dirty scammers and their evil schemes.

    One of the things about spam that I have recently found to be increasingly annoying and frustrating is that scammers will send you email that has a seemingly friendly subject, which leads me to believe that somehow someone I know is emailing me from an unrecognized address, perhaps trying to get in touch with me from a period of no contact. When I succumb to my compulsions and open up the email, it is always some spammer advertising cheap Viagra or pain-killers.

    Sometimes, like others here, the subject seems to be business-related, in which case I open it up, and only find it to be some piece of spam.

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    Nope, that one is not so smart. It should be "Dear your name" not "Dear your email"

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    Paypal scam mail.. have a look and be aware

    Hi,

    Have a lok at this paypal scam mail. Gmail detects it as a phising attack and kept it in the spam mail.

    Beware all of you out here of such emails and in no case give paypal information or personal information to anyone.

    Here's the mail i recieved.

    From: PayPaL <[email protected]>
    Reply-To: [email protected]
    To: [email protected]
    Date: Jul 18, 2005 1:56 AM
    Subject: Dear Member

    Warning: This message may not be from whom it claims to be. Beware of following any links in it or of providing the sender with any personal information. Learn more
    Content-Type: text/html

    Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit

    Message-Id: <[email protected]>
    Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2005 22:16:00 +0200 (CEST)



    <DIV>

    <P><IMG alt="" hspace=0 src="https://www.paypal.com/en_GB/i/header/t1Hdr_hpGraphic_563x115.jpg" align=baseline border=0></P>

    <P><FONT face=Verdana size=2><STRONG>Dear valued PayPal® member:</STRONG> </FONT></P>

    <P align=left><FONT face=Verdana size=2>&nbsp;Due to concerns, for the safety and integrity of the paypal<BR>account we have issued this warning message.</FONT></P>

    <P><FONT face=Verdana size=2>&nbsp;It has come to our attention that your PayPal® account information needs to be <BR>updated as part of our continuing commitment to protect your account and to <BR>reduce the instance of fraud on our website. If you could please take 5-10 minutes <BR>out of your online experience and update your personal records you will not run into <BR>any future problems with the online service. <BR>&nbsp;</FONT></P>

    <P><FONT face=Verdana size=2>However, failure to update your records will result in account suspension. <BR>Please update your records on or before <font color="red"><strong>July

    19 , 2005. </FONT></P>

    <P><FONT face=Verdana size=2>Once you have updated your account records your paypal account<BR>service will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. </FONT></P>

    <P><FONT face=Verdana size=2>To update your PayPal® records click on the following link: <BR></FONT><A href="http://cgi-pays-ssl-security.de/Your-security-with-SSL-security-technology-secure-your-data/" target=_blank><FONT face=Verdana color=#003399 size=2>http://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_login-run</FONT></A></P>

    <P><FONT face=Verdana size=2>Thank You.<BR><STRONG><FONT size=1>PayPal® UPDATE TEAM</FONT> </STRONG></FONT></P>

    <P><FONT face=Verdana size=1>Accounts Management As outlined in our User Agreement, PayPal® will <BR>periodically send you information about site changes and enhancements. </FONT></P>

    <P><FONT face=Verdana size=1>Visit our Privacy Policy and User Agreement if you have any questions. <BR></FONT><A href="http://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=p/gen/ua/policy_privacy-outside" target=_blank><FONT face=Verdana color=#003399 size=1>http://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr...rivacy-outside</FONT></A></P></XBODY><!-- END TOC -->

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    I've gotten several of these. Gmail is good stuff
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