|Thu Oct 21 2010 21:23:47|
Beware Spoof PayPal Emails Containing Your Full Name
By: Ina Steiner
To the Editor|
I need to warn PayPal members of a scam being perpetrated on users but being ignored by PayPal.
I received what appeared to be a very valid email from PayPal that included my full name. Other than having 3 links in the email, most people would have believed it to be from PayPal. Thankfully, I checked full headers and realized it had to be a scam. I copied and pasted full headers into the email, then forwarded it to spoof@PayPal.com. I got no response. Three to four days later, I received an identical email and again forwarded it to PayPal. Finally today, I received a "form email response", confirming it was not sent by PayPal, even though it contained my first, middle and last name. Your readers should be aware of this scam.
While writing this, I had a light bulb moment. Many people including me, use "signatures" at the bottom of their emails. Mine includes my full name, company name, website link and phone numbers, something I will stop immediately. It wouldn't take a rocket scientist to check my website, see I accept PayPal, then send what appeared to be a legitmate email from PayPal that included my full name.
I would be willing to bet other readers have fallen prey to this scam. Please urge your readers
1-Don't click on any links
2-Always check full headers
3-Stop using signatures with detailed information.
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