Newest email phishing scams

Mike Labbe

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They are getting more and more clever with these email scams, which are an attempt to get your login ID for PayPal. Once they have your ID, they'll have access to your checking account and credit card. These scams LOOK real.

My brother received one Saturday, right after bidding on an EBAY item. Somehow it had his real name and email address on it. It was made to look like a legitimate EBAY email, saying that the seller decided to close the auction early and that he was the winner/highest bidder. It prompted for him to click a PAY NOW button, which asked for his PayPal (bank) login name and password. The address of the link even looked real and has paypal.com as part of it (with the true domain hidden as an IP number further in). 90% would have clicked on this and given the info.

A few minutes ago, I received a fake "message from PayPal/Ebay" which was to confirm my payment to buy a pink cell phone (ha!). At the bottom it had a fake dispute link, which asked for my personal paypal/bank login info.

Dear PayPal Member,

This email confirms that you have paid INPHONIC (sales@inphonic.com) $239.95 USD using PayPal. This credit card transaction will appear on your bill as "PAYPAL INPHONIC*".

PayPal Shopping Cart Contents

Item Name: NEW MOTOROLA V3 PINK RAZR RAZOR QUAD-BAND CELL PHONE
Quantity: 1

Total: $219.95 USD

If you haven't authorized this charge, click the link below to cancel the payment and get a full refund.
Dispute Transaction
I'm just posting this as a reminder that there are a lot of scams out there, and they're getting smarter/more convincing!

When in doubt, type the bank's web address into your browser directly, and log in - rather than following an email link which may take you elsewhere.

Mike
 
I get these all the time for Chase Bank, e-bay, paypal, etc. But the other day I got one for a local bank saying that a transaction needed verification.

I do not have accounts with Chase Band, or paypal, but up until about a year ago, I had an account with this bank - and this all looked so very real...

I just forwarded it to the bank. I figured they needed to know what was being done "in their name."
 
I always and only do everything for buying (clicking 'pay now') or selling (clicking print address label) from my 'My eBay' page on eBay, which I get to by typing 'www.ebay.com' into my web browser myself. I don't trust any email no matter how legitimate it looks.
 
How do 'they' get our emails,etc. If paypal/ebay, et all, are sooo **** secure, shouldnt 'they' have a really tough time finding out anything about people's adresses??????
 
<EMAIL>BILL@AlexandriaArtGallery.com </EMAIL>

The same way I got yours, they come to forums like this and farm all the email addresses they need to contact small businesses with their scams.

Nothing is safe on the internet. You cannot hide a single word that somebody can't get access to and use for their own purposes. It's called "hacking".

Framerguy
 
Thanks, Framerguy. I'll add Bill's email to my list.
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Ron, Bill might also be interested in corresponding with your Nigerian relatives...you know, the really rich ones.

BTW, since your uncle, (was it?), died in that tragic accident whilst tooling merrily around Nigeria, has all that money been accruing interest?
 
Nothing is safe on the internet. You cannot hide a single word that somebody can't get access to and use for their own purposes. It's called "hacking".

precisely why I won't put anything business related onto a computer that connects to the internet.3x's now I have had my idfentity stolen and all that goes with it.
The computer that conects to the internet has patches to fix a patch..Always upgradiing and updating this or that. The other computer runs like a charm. Simple and straight forward.
Yes I am perhaps missing pout on some software packages, but as of yet no one has convinced me that the hassle is worth the trouble. Most have small print that goes aloong with them that requires you to be a philadelphia lawyer to figure out what the heck you just signed up for.
No thanks !
I have concluded that business and internet do not match. Anything you want to remain private should not be put onto a computer that connects to the internet, better yet requires the use of the internet.
I learned the hard way that anything you want to remain private never ever commit it to words in any form. Once it is in writting it seems the whole world thinks they are entitled to read it.
 
I got a strange one this AM. I assumed it was a phish, claiming I had not made an eBay payment so my account was being suspended. So I went to eBay and checked My Messages where, big surprise, there was no message. So I followed the link to see what it was, and it was a site selling pharmaceutical products.
 
Earthlink sponsors or is a part of an anti-phishing group to make people aware of the problem. There is a partial list of scams on one of the pages which is worth looking at to see if you’ve been exposed to any of them.

eBay (the real eBay) also sent me a link which describes how to identify scams specific to them and PayPal, although you can glean info how to identify phishing from others.
 
Originally posted by David N Waldmann:
I got a strange one this AM. I assumed it was a phish, claiming I had not made an eBay payment so my account was being suspended. So I went to eBay and checked My Messages where, big surprise, there was no message. So I followed the link to see what it was, and it was a site selling pharmaceutical products.
That is why Ebay tells you not to open them in your email account but to go to "your messages" in your "my Ebay" page. They also tell you how to report these spoof emails so they can follow up.

Gotta watch the crooks all the time.
 
Originally posted by j Paul:
That is why Ebay tells you not to open them in your email account but to go to "your messages" in your "my Ebay" page. They also tell you how to report these spoof emails so they can follow up.
Ayuh. Did both things (before checking to see where the link went).
 
I just got an email from "Paypal" saying my account is on hold because they have reason to believe that someone has accessed my account on such and such date. Please verify your account information to release your account. I spammed that sucker quick!
 
Originally posted by seido:
I got one from PayPal last week asking me to verify a purchase of coffee for $119.00 at Starbucks

Starbucks must be using crude oil in the coffee to justify that price...it sure tastes like it!!

Joel
See, that is the problem, these emails are not from PayPal but look alikes trying to get your information. Always go to the official site when you get these, and not by cliking on the link in the email.
 
Originally posted by imaluma:
I just got an email from "Paypal" saying my account is on hold because they have reason to believe that someone has accessed my account on such and such date. Please verify your account information to release your account. I spammed that sucker quick!
Dito the same as above. Look alikes are the big scammers.
 
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