Monday, February 06, 2006
This was in the inbox. It is a scam. It just so happens that as our Montgomery Pet Partners, Inc. treasurer I am in the process of setting up our PayPal non-profit account. I also have one already going for eBay use.
So the message seemed appropriate. How to spot the problem? Just see how personal it is, they didn't even addressed to me personally, just "Dear valued PayPalÂ® member."
Clicking on the link invites who knows what. Of course I didn't. They may ask for personal data? They may have an embeddedd spy program to get all this from my computer? Who knows what?
Date: Sat 4 Feb 20:39:49 CST 2006
From: "PayPal? Inc." firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Confirm PayPal? Message !
To: undisclosed-recipients: ;
Dear valued PayPalÂ® member :
It has come to our attention that your PayPalÂ® account information needs to be updated as part of our continuing commitment to protect your account and to reduce the instance of fraud on our website. If you could please take 5-10 minutes out of your online experience and update your personal records you will not run into any future problems with the online service.
However, failure to update your records will result in account suspension. Please update your records on or before February 7, 2006. Once you have updated your account records, your PayPalÂ® session will not be interrupted and will continue as normal.
To update your PayPalÂ® records click on the following link: http://188.8.131.52/icons/index.html
Any takers here?
I think they call this activity 'phishing.' A new e-mail tech speak term. Well, it has been around for a while.
I get phished from banks too. That may the wrong spelling for this term past tense?
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