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Friday, June 24, 2005

PayPal spoof/fraud

I just received two copies of e-mail that are clearly an attempt to break into my PayPal account. The messages say to click on a website link so they can check on something because maybe someone has been trying to use my account fraudulently. This one is hilariously bad, though:

If you recently noticed one or more attempts your account while traveling, the unusual log in attempts may have been initiated by you. However, if your are rightful holder of the account, click on the link below tolog into your account and fallow the intrusctions.
Yup. My account is lying fallow, awaiting further intrusctions. The spelling and grammar get worse, though:

If you choose to ignore our request, you leave us no choise but not temporaly suspend account.

We ask that you fallow at least 72 hours for the case to be investigated and we strongly recomanded to verify your account in that time.
and then, when you run your cursor over the web site link, you see that the link is to a numbered IP address.

In case you don't know, don't do it.
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