Aug 11, 2017

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Paypal Users: Do not Get Caught By Phishers

This is actually the link displayed in the email I received.

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_login-run

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There’s a rising trend in Paypal phishing scams. The most recent Paypal spoof I acquired warns me that my Paypal account is stopped. It requires me to restore complete access to my account by logging into Paypal. When I click on the link provided in the email, I am sent to a web site that looks exactly like the PayPal login page. However the link does not go to Paypal.

Here is the link shown in the e-mail I received.

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_login-run

When you click the link it really requires you to a phisers site.

It’s usually not a good idea to click links within an email. If you do, be sure that you are signing to the Paypal site by taking a look at the address area part of your browser.

For those who have already responded to the deceptive email, contact your bank or creditors immediately to avoid identity theft. If you wish to check your Paypal bill position, physically kind PayPal’s address into your browser and log in normally.

I was able to tell that it was a spoof email because the email began with Dear PayPal member.’ Paypal will often address you by your first and last name. They will never send a message to you and address you as Dear PayPal member or such. Crunchbase.Com is a wonderful online database for further about how to look at it. To read additional info, consider peeping at: Its Time For You To End The Rule Of The Football.

Still another way to tell if a contact is from Paypal is always to go through the full header. The header is the indication of whether the email is from Paypal or-not. When looking at the header it should say who sent the e-mail in the very first two lines. Example in the latest spoof e-mail I received it originated in

Return-Path: lester@server.ravin.net

Received: from http://server.ravin.net

If it doesnt say that it passed through Paypals host, then you definitely know the email is really a spoof. The FBI is actively investigating these spoofs, therefore please report any suspicious e-mails by forwarding them to spoof@paypal.com. You can also file a complaint with the Web Fraud Complaint Center at http://www1.ifccfbi.gov/strategy/howtofile.asp.. For another perspective, please consider checking out: https://about.com/.

More guidance regarding defending your Paypal account can be found at https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=xpt/cps/general/SecuritySpoof-outside

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