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PayPal Email Smells Bad

Writer Wishes To Remain Anonymous

I received this email today. It smells bad. I am not and have never been a paypal customer. This appears to be someone fishing for credit card numbers with the attendent Identifying information. Have you seen this one?

Duane Bowans

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 and Credit Card info number by logging in to your PayPal account using the form below:

Email Address:
Full Name #:
Billing Adress #:
Billing State #:
Credit Card #:
Exp.Date(mm/yy) #:
Pin (Bank Verification) #:

This notification expires May 31, 2003

Thanks for using PayPal!

This PayPal notification was sent to your mailbox. Your PayPal account is set up to receive the PayPal Periodical newsletter and product updates when you create your account. To modify your notification preferences and unsubscribe, go to and log in to your account. Changes to your preferences may take several days to be reflected in our mailings. Replies to this email will not be processed.

If you previously asked to be excluded from Providian product offerings and solicitations, they apologize for this e-mail. Every effort was made to ensure that you were excluded from this e-mail. If you do not wish to receive promotional e-mail from Providian, go to

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Posted: May 9, 2012 at 10:55 am

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2 thoughts on “PayPal Email Smells Bad
  1. Holly M on

    If you have never used paypal before I definatly would not provide any sensitive information via email. There are way too many scams out there, and ID theft is running rampid in america….

  2. thefinger on

    The key to knowing if an email is from PayPal is they will always identify you by your personal or business name. Their emails will never link you to another site or ask you for sensitive information like the one you copied here did. You need to report this to them by sending a message to