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Fraud For PayPal Users

Writer Wishes To Remain Anonymous

Today gets even stranger, with the addition of another amazingly authentic-looking spam email (this one delivered to the presumed spam box instead of directly, as yesterday’s was).  I cancelled my PayPal account yesterday, for fear it could be used to drain my bank account and my credit card.  I was shocked at PayPal’s indifference yesterday after acknowledging they were quite aware of the scam but not intending to warn customers (in the hope this would facilitate catching the criminal(s). They state customers receive notice at the time of application PayPal will never seek information this way and therefore presumably ought to be able to recognize this is not legitimate.  Again today’s scam/spam email requires a re-application, including password, credit card number, etc. 

Today’s comes from:  smtp-out.sc5.paypal.com (d141-151-247.home.cgocable.net [24.141.151.247]).  Worse, in the ‘very convincing’ department, a visit takes one to a SECURE SITE.  Below are copies of today’s email, with headers, the page link, the page itself, the SpamCop report of origin (originating ISP identified as cogeco.ca) and part of my email to PayPal alerting them of this additional development:

Dear PayPal Customer

This e-mail is the notification of recent innovations taken by PayPal to detect inactive customers and non-functioning mailboxes.

The inactive customers are subject to restriction and removal in the next 3 months.

Please confirm your email address and Credit or Check Card information using the form below:

Email Address:

Password:

First Name:

Last Name:

ZIP:

Credit or Check Card #:

Expiration Date:
Month 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12  /   Year 2003 2004 2005 2006
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
ATM PIN:

Information transmitted using 128bit SSL encryption.

Thanks for using PayPal!

This PayPal notification was sent to this email address because you are a
Web Accept user and chose to receive the PayPal Periodical newsletter and Product Updates. To modify your notification preferences, go to
https://www.paypal.com/PREFS-NOTI and log in to your account. Changes may take several days to be reflected in our mailings. Replies to this email will not be processed.

Copyright) 2003 PayPal Inc. All rights reserved. Designated trademarks and
brands are the property of their respective owners.

Link goes to a page at:  https://www.paypal.com/PREFS-NOTI

COPY OF NOTICE TO PAY PAL:

This is a variation on the extremely believeable email I received and reported yesterday.  I  have cancelled my account because I fear I could have my bank accounts emptied and my credit card maxed out even though I have not responded or supplied any information to this criminal.  It is plain THIS crook’s authentic looking, SECURE SITE, ISP originator of email smtp-ut.sc5.paypal.com (d141-151-247.home.cgocable.net [24.141.151.247])is cogeco.ca according to SpamCop.  I was shocked at your rep’s disinterest yesterday – there’s no point in calling again at my expense because YOU are being impersonated and your customers defrauded.  I have kept copies of all emails regarding this fraud in progress.  I request someone at Paypal Security contact me.

Posted: May 9, 2012 at 10:13 am


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