PayPal Security Measures
Writer Wishes to Remain Anonymous
Today’s email brings a spam called “Paypal Security Measures” supposedly from “firstname.lastname@example.org” purporting to be a routine ‘audit’ that requires the recipient to visit a page (a very authentic looking PayPal page, though the logos do not copy for sending/referral) and supply additional information. In reviewing the headers, it becomes clear the spam comes from: compuserve.com (pcp01724974pcs.nash01.tn.comcast.net [126.96.36.199]).
The page recipients are directed to is:http://188.8.131.52/%70%70/%75%70%64%61%74%65%2E%68%74%6D That page is a ‘re-application’ form. When submitted to SpamCop, they corroborate the sender’s ISP is Comcast. I notifed PayPal by email AND called at my expense to warn them. I got an unpleasant disinterested rep who said everybody is warned when they first sign on that PayPal won’t ever ask such information so there is no cause for concern…. and they aren’t warning people on the theory they can better “catch” the villian if they don’t announce the fraud is occurring. I have the email and Spam Cop report and will try to copy those below, though I do not know if there are character limits on this form.
Please verify your information today!
Dear Paypal Member.
Your account has been randomly flagged in our system as a part of our routine security measures. This is a must to ensure that only you have access and use of your paypal account and to ensure a safe Paypal experience. We require all flagged accounts to verify their information on file with us. To verify your information, click here and enter the details requested. After you verify your information, your account shall be returned to good standing and you will continue to have full use of your account.
Thank you for using PayPal!
Your Profile Information – Enter your name as it appears on your credit card or bank account.
Your Billing Information – Enter your information as it appears on your credit card and bank account.
Card Holder Full Name:
Card Issuing Bank
Credit Card Number:
Card Verification Number:
Card Pin Number: (your 4-digit credit/debit card pin number)
Your Verification Details – Your Details are required to verify your account.
Social Security Number:
Mother’s maiden name:
Issued State for License:
Date of Birth: (mm/dd/yyyy)
Your Email Address and Password – Enter the email address which you used at the time of registration for PayPal. Remember – Your password is at least 8 characters and is case sensitive.
Security Questions – You can either select the same secret question and answers you selected at registration or update the secret questions.
Security Question 1:
–Choose a Question– Mother’s maiden name Pet’s name Last 4 digits of social security # City of birth
Security Question 2:
–Choose Another Question– Mother’s maiden name Pet’s name Last 4 digits of social security # City of birth
I have read and agree to the User Agreement
Posted: May 9, 2012 at 10:14 am