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PayPal Wants You to
Verify Your Personal Information-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor There are a couple of
versions of this eRumor and some versions have them combined.
One says it's from PayPal, the online payment system, and that your
account will be closed in 5 days unless you verify your account
information with them.
The other says that because of routine security precautions, you are
to go to PayPal to verify your account information and it includes a
link that is allegedly to PayPal.
Both of these emails are designed to
trick you into revealing personal financial information..
One comes with a message that says your PayPal account is going to
be closed in 5 days if you don't respond.
It urges you to update your credit card information through the
"secure application" attached.
When you click the attachment, a window opens with a PayPal logo and
you are asked to fill in your credit card and other financial
Instead of going to PayPal, however, it is sent to four email
addresses owned by the scammers.
Earlier versions of Mimail merely looked for email address and sent
them to the originator of the virus.
The other vesion says that PayPal is doing an routine online
verification of information for security purposes and asks you to
click a link to update your information.
Most of the scam links have been taken down, but PayPal warns you
not to respond to any such emails.
If you have questions about your PayPal account, go directly to the
PayPal website at www.paypal.com.
HERE for information on
other similar schemes.
Last updated 11/17/03
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
YOUR PAYPAL.COM ACCOUNT EXPIRES
Dear PayPal member,
PayPal would like to inform you about some important information
regarding your PayPal account. This account, which is associated with
the email address will be expiring within five business days. We
apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause, but this is
occurring because all of our customers are required to update their
account settings with their personal information. We are taking these
actions because we are implementing a new security policy on our website
to insure everyone's absolute privacy. To avoid any interruption in
PayPal services then you will need to run the application that we have
sent with this email (see attachment) and follow the instructions.
Please do not send your personal information through email, as it will
not be as secure. IMPORTANT! If you do not update your information with
our secure application within the next five business days then we will
be forced to deactivate your account and you will not be able to use
your PayPal account any longer. It is strongly recommended that you take
a few minutes out of your busy day and complete this now. DO NOT REPLY
TO THIS MESSAGE VIA EMAIL! This mail is sent by an automated message
system and the reply will not be received. Thank you for using PayPal.
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