New paypal scam?

  Chris the Ancien 11:57 17 Apr 2006

This morning, I received an email - supposedly from paypal - stating...

"We recently reviewed your account, and we need more information about your business to allow us to provide uninterrupted service. Until we can collect this information, your access to sensitive account features will be limited. We would like to restore your access as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Why is my account access limited?

Your account access has been limited for the following reason(s):

April. 16, 2006: We have observed activity in this account that is unusual or potentially high risk.

(Your case ID for this reason is a ode appeared here>)

How can I restore my account access?

Please visit the Resolution Center and complete the "Steps to Remove Limitations.(this was a link)"

Once you complete all of the checklist items, your case will be reviewed by one of our Account Specialists. We will send you an email with the outcome of the review."

This had a rather neat looking link to a page that looked very realistic.

However, my spoofstick toolbar showed a link to "! I was extremely suspicious!

I looked at the link, and there it was, just like a log in page - asking for my usual contact details and password.

I went into paypal via my real ebay account. And guess what, there have been no recent transactions and I could access my account quite easily!

Is this a new scam?

P.S. Thank goodness for spoofstick - a highly recommended utility from click here - which works in IE and FireFox

  Chris the Ancien 11:59 17 Apr 2006

or... <a code appeared here>

  Stuartli 12:06 17 Apr 2006

It's been doing the rounds for some time.

The only sure way to know if it's genuine is if it includes your username.

  Chris the Ancien 12:15 17 Apr 2006

One other real give-away that I've noticed - having played with it - is that none of the other 'links' on the page go anywhere!

  Stuartli 12:52 17 Apr 2006

>>is that none of the other 'links' on the page go anywhere!>>

Not a wise move.

Just immediately delete any such e-mails.

By the way, if you use Outlook Express, permanently Disable the Preview Pane.

The Preview Pane is a sure way to allow viruses and other nasties freedom to roam merely by clicking on an e-mai.

With the PP disabled, you can highlight an e-mail and, if you have any doubts, right click on it and safely check the header and Message source.

Any concern, just OK it out and then Delete using the Toolbar's Delete button.

  Chris the Ancien 12:59 17 Apr 2006

I didn't actually click any of the links. I just hovered my mouse over them and looked in the status bar.

My protection of everything is pretty tight as well.

To me, it seemed to be phishing rather than trying to load a virus (I hope)

  spuds 14:02 17 Apr 2006

If I don't get a PayPal scam email once a week, I tend to get worried :o)

  Kerrso05 14:18 17 Apr 2006

I got it as well this morning, slightly worded differently. Last time I got one of those I reported it to Paypal and they said that they knew about them and as long as my account wasn't used or that I didn't click on any links in the Email or replied to the Email then I would be alright. They told me to delete the Email. My spam filter can't get rid of these "spoof" Emails as they use the Paypal subject line and address.......Anyone any idea on how we can get rid of these nasty Emails or even better is there any way of getting back at these Muppets that devise these scams

  pj123 14:46 17 Apr 2006

Got one myself and I don't even have a Paypal account. I just forward them to [email protected] who confirm that they are not from them. I delete them after forwarding them.

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