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Oleg
Premium
join:2003-12-08
Birmingham, AL
kudos:2

[General] PayPal scare

OK i just got an e-mail from PayPal stating my account is limited so i thought to my self o crap i am done now. Turns out they just wanted me to verify CC. Anyway below is an e-mail from PayPal.

As part of our security measures, we regularly screen activity in the PayPal
system. We recently contacted you after noticing an issue on your account.

We requested information from you for the following reason:

A recent review of your account determined that we require some additional
information from you in order to provide you with secure service. This is a second reminder to login to your account as soon as possible. Once you login, you will be provided with steps to restore your account access. In accordance with PayPal's User Agreement, your account access will remain
limited until the issue has been resolved.
account remains limited for an extended period of time, it may result in further
limitations or eventual account closure. We encourage you to log in to your
PayPal account as soon as possible to help avoid this.

To review your account and some or all of the information that PayPal used to
make its decision to limit your account access, please visit the Resolution
Center. If, after reviewing your account information, you seek further
clarification regarding your account access, please contact PayPal by visiting
the Help Center and clicking "Contact Us".

We thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Please understand that
this is a security measure intended to help protect you and your account. We
apologize for any inconvenience.



Oleg
Premium
join:2003-12-08
Birmingham, AL
kudos:2

3 edits

Thing is they have never contacted me. Another wearied thing is they have provided a link in the e-mail. Yes i have checked if it is in fact PayPal's URL, but how about people who would click on any link thinking it is legit?



Gbcue
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join:2001-09-30
Santa Rosa, CA
kudos:8
Reviews:
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reply to Oleg

said by Oleg:

OK i just got an e-mail from PayPal stating my account is limited so i thought to my self o crap i am done now. Turns out they just wanted me to verify CC. Anyway below is an e-mail from PayPal.

As part of our security measures, we regularly screen activity in the PayPal
system. We recently contacted you after noticing an issue on your account.

We requested information from you for the following reason:

A recent review of your account determined that we require some additional
information from you in order to provide you with secure service. This is a second reminder to login to your account as soon as possible. Once you login, you will be provided with steps to restore your account access. In accordance with PayPal's User Agreement, your account access will remain
limited until the issue has been resolved.
account remains limited for an extended period of time, it may result in further
limitations or eventual account closure. We encourage you to log in to your
PayPal account as soon as possible to help avoid this.

To review your account and some or all of the information that PayPal used to
make its decision to limit your account access, please visit the Resolution
Center. If, after reviewing your account information, you seek further
clarification regarding your account access, please contact PayPal by visiting
the Help Center and clicking "Contact Us".

We thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Please understand that
this is a security measure intended to help protect you and your account. We
apologize for any inconvenience.

I think you just fell for the oldest scam in the book.

technocar2

join:2009-05-29
Brampton, ON
kudos:2
reply to Oleg

You just gave your user name and password and CC to the scammers. Better change your user/password while you still can by actually going to paypal and not the email link; also change the security questions etc. Also you might want to freeze your CC account and change all the info for that as well because you also gave them your CC info.



Bamafan2277

join:2008-09-20
Jeffersonville, IN
reply to Oleg

Yea that is one of the older scams out there. Anytime I get something like that I go to the site directly by typing in the address. Hope you actually used a credit card and not a debit card. otherwise your paypal & bank account will be cleaned out before you know it.



Santa Fe
Man is an animal that wants to exist.
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join:2000-08-22
Freight Yard
kudos:3
reply to Oleg

I got one the other day. Interesting as I don't even HAVE a Pay Pal account.
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chamberc
Premium
join:2008-08-05
Irving, TX
reply to Oleg

said by Oleg:

Thing is they have never contacted me. Another wearied thing is they have provided a link in the e-mail. Yes i have checked if it is in fact PayPal's URL, but how about people who would click on any link thinking it is legit?

It's a scam. It's not Paypal.


Oleg
Premium
join:2003-12-08
Birmingham, AL
kudos:2

1 edit

Here is how URL looked like h||p://www.paypal.com.kd895s3xqyjcd4op.555asd1ie93d8555422cc3et1icmnpc56itejasvg6b.com/cgi-bin/webscr/?login-dispatch&login_email=email@domain.com&ref=pppsss1&login-processing=ok

[Mod Note: URL obfuscated. --kc]


Gbcue
Premium
join:2001-09-30
Santa Rosa, CA
kudos:8
reply to Oleg

That's a scam URL.

You can tell because there's a bunch of gibberish and then a ".com".

[REMOVED]itejasvg6b.com/cgi-bin/[/REMOVED]



Oleg
Premium
join:2003-12-08
Birmingham, AL
kudos:2

Thanks everyone. I will cancel my CC, and change PP password now.



Oleg
Premium
join:2003-12-08
Birmingham, AL
kudos:2

1 edit

All done. I can't believe i have failed for it.


billydunwood

join:2008-04-23
united state
kudos:2

said by Oleg:

All done. I can't believe i have failed for it.

*fell for it. And, they will never ask for a User name or password if they are really paypal. That is why you always log on to your account or call them when you receive an email like this, never reply or click links in the email.
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The Pig
I know you want to be me
Premium
join:2009-09-11
reply to Oleg

How to tell if an email is a scam from Paypal or Ebay or your bank is your full name should be on the email!
Guess why your name wouldn't be on one of these emails!



Doctor Olds
I Need A Remedy For What's Ailing Me.
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join:2001-04-19
1970 442 W30
kudos:18

1 recommendation

reply to Oleg

said by Oleg:

All done. I can't believe i have failed for it.

Not even close to done. They now know that you are vulnerable to being scammed and are gullible when it comes to handing over personal details that you normally never give out. You have been added to their "victims to scam with increased effort" list. That is not good. Expect an increased level in scam emails to your in-box.
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Oleg
Premium
join:2003-12-08
Birmingham, AL
kudos:2

Is there anything i can do at this moment or am i fucked?



Krisnatharok
Caveat Emptor
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Earth Orbit
kudos:12

Well, an obvious step is close that email account.



Oleg
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join:2003-12-08
Birmingham, AL
kudos:2

said by Krisnatharok:

Well, an obvious step is close that email account.

Well i do not worry about the e-mail. My worry is the info like home address.


pcdebb
RIP lil hurricane
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Brandon, FL
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Reviews:
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reply to Oleg

Really Oleg? REALLY?!?!?? F*CKING REALLY?!????!!!!!!!????

I cant even believe you wasted your keystrokes even telling this story to us. This is not the first time you've done this idiotic crap, but you still fall for it. Again and again!!!

I know I might get a whippin for this, but I dont feel bad about this. AT ALL
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pcdebb
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Brandon, FL
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Reviews:
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reply to billydunwood

said by billydunwood:

That is why you always log on to your account or call them when you receive an email like this, never reply or click links in the email.

he already knows this
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scross

join:2002-09-13
Cordova, TN
reply to Oleg

Oleg, you might do well to take this quiz. I've taken it before and made all correct choices, but then I took it again the other day and missed one because I was careless and didn't pay close enough attention (ouch).

»www.opendns.com/phishing-quiz/

Some browsers and other software will raise an alarm for a suspicious URL. One of the things that they should check for (but probably don't) is a URL like one which you gave, where ".com" occurs twice. This is designed to fool the eye but shouldn't fool a browser!


Umitencho

join:2012-08-11
Jacksonville, FL

I got the same or similar email asking for a scanned copy or my recent bill, state issued ID, and SSN card. I called PayPal and come to find out changes in my state's law, Florida, has forced them to ask for such info. I think they are being regarded as a bank now which is stupid because they lack numerous features that many banks. So I refused and my account was limited for months until a few days ago when they put my account out of limited status into regular status. I consider PayPal no more than a stripped down middle man.



Doctor Olds
I Need A Remedy For What's Ailing Me.
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join:2001-04-19
1970 442 W30
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said by Umitencho:

I got the same or similar email asking for a scanned copy or my recent bill, state issued ID, and SSN card. I called PayPal and come to find out changes in my state's law, Florida, has forced them to ask for such info.

How is that the same or similar as the OP? The OP had email from a scammer and went to a scammer's web site then filled out personal account info that went straight to a scammer's in-box. You had a legitimate email from PayPal that you called PayPal about on the phone and then ignored replying to with the requested documentation. Sounds unrelated to me.
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scross

join:2002-09-13
Cordova, TN
reply to Umitencho

said by Umitencho:

I got the same or similar email asking for a scanned copy or my recent bill, state issued ID, and SSN card. I called PayPal and come to find out changes in my state's law, Florida, has forced them to ask for such info. I think they are being regarded as a bank now which is stupid because they lack numerous features that many banks. So I refused and my account was limited for months until a few days ago when they put my account out of limited status into regular status. I consider PayPal no more than a stripped down middle man.

It's been a while now, so I don't remember the details, but in its early days PayPal had something of a reputation for playing fast and loose with the funds they handled, leading to a situation where people like me and my wife refused to do any business through them, because we considered them to be untrustworthy. Their acquisition by eBay and their being treated and regulated something like a bank has forced them to clean up their act.

Umitencho

join:2012-08-11
Jacksonville, FL
reply to Doctor Olds

Sorry, his situation of being asked for info reminded me of my situation even though his was through a scammer and mine actual law requirement.



DrStrange
Technically feasible
Premium
join:2001-07-23
West Hartford, CT
kudos:1
reply to Oleg

For what it's worth:


--- 08/31/12 20:43:35 Eastern Daylight Time
--- Decoding URL:

www.paypal.com.kd895s3xqyjcd4op.555asd1ie93d8555422cc3et1icmnpc56itejasvg6b.com/cgi-bin/webscr/?login-dispatch&login_email=email@domain.com&ref=pppsss1&login-processing=ok

--- Broken down URL components:

Protocol: http
Host: www.paypal.com.kd895s3xqyjcd4op.555asd1ie93d8555422cc3et1icmnpc56itejasvg6b.com
Path: /cgi-bin/webscr/
Input: login-dispatch&login_email=email@domain.com&ref=pppsss1&login-processing=ok

--- Decoded URL:

hxxp://www.paypal.com.kd895s3xqyjcd4op.555asd1ie93d8555422cc3et1icmnpc56itejasvg6b.com/cgi-bin/webscr/

--- resolving host "www.paypal.com.kd895s3xqyjcd4op.555asd1ie93d8555422cc3et1icmnpc56itejasvg6b.com", please wait...
--- IP resolve error: no data record found



Doctor Four
My other vehicle is a TARDIS
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Dallas, TX
reply to Oleg

Before even looking at the obfuscated URL, I could tell that was a phish.

The real Paypal would never send email like this.

Speaking of scams, anyone subscribing to Consumer Reports should read the current issue. There is an article in it about the most common types of scam, how they work, and what to do to protect yourself from being taken.
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Oleg
Premium
join:2003-12-08
Birmingham, AL
kudos:2

I know. I just did not pay attention or i were drunk


05641623

join:2012-09-17
North Coast
reply to pcdebb

said by pcdebb:

said by billydunwood:

That is why you always log on to your account or call them when you receive an email like this, never reply or click links in the email.

he already knows this

You would think wouldn't ya.

05641623

join:2012-09-17
North Coast
reply to Doctor Olds

said by Doctor Olds:

said by Umitencho:

I got the same or similar email asking for a scanned copy or my recent bill, state issued ID, and SSN card. I called PayPal and come to find out changes in my state's law, Florida, has forced them to ask for such info.

How is that the same or similar as the OP? The OP had email from a scammer and went to a scammer's web site then filled out personal account info that went straight to a scammer's in-box. You had a legitimate email from PayPal that you called PayPal about on the phone and then ignored replying to with the requested documentation. Sounds unrelated to me.

I think it is the same, except the fact that Umitenco handled it properly, Oleg didn't.


Doctor Olds
I Need A Remedy For What's Ailing Me.
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join:2001-04-19
1970 442 W30
kudos:18

said by 05641623:

I think it is the same, except the fact that Umitenco handled it properly, Oleg didn't.

One is a scam (phishing for usernames and passwords) and the other is not a scam but is legitimate email from PayPal. Polar opposites is what it is actually.
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