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Smarten Up to Fake Paypal Emails and Prevent Identity Theft

Posted by Carl E. Reid Friday, July 25, 2008

DO NOT CLICK ON ANY OF THE LINKS
IN THIS ARTICLE.
THIS VERY REAL
"PHISHING EMAIL"
IS PRESENTED
STRICTLY FOR
EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.


Using a little common sense will go a long way in preventing identity theft. Any time you receive an email asking for sensitive information, contact your financial institution directly. NO Financial institution initiates communications with customers to request personal, account or login information via email, by phone or by letter. Let me say that again. NO Financial institution initiates communications with customers to request personal, account or login information via email, by phone or by letter. If your bank does, change banks IMMEDIATELY.

I know from personal experience Paypal is a stand up organization that takes every precaution, and then some, to protect all customers' personal information and accounts. Go directly to the Paypal web site and click on the "Security Center" link, in the top right corner, for more information on preventing identity theft. Don't even dream about saying "I don't have time to read" this valuable information. Would you rather spend endless hours, days, months or even years trying correct the damage done by someone who steals your identity?

Highlighted in red below are indications of red flags to be on the look out for, in order to quickly identify a bogus email that appears as though it's from your financial institution. Although this email is specific to Paypal, scammers use similiar approaches in the wording of a fake email, to make you think it is from your financial institution. Different variations of the domain email.paypal.com and email1.paypal.com are used in the fake "phishing" email below.

-------------FAKE PHISHING EMAIL ------------
To ensure that your PayPal emails get to your inbox,
please add paypal@email.paypal.com
to your email Address Book or Safe List




Safety
Tips

Ensure a fraud-free purchase


Don't fall for a
fake email

Your Security

Privacy: how to keep your identity private


Protection: how to keep your purchase safe


Prevention: how PayPal shields you from fraud



Activate your PayPal account

Dear FirstName LastName,

We've noticed that you haven't yet confirmed your email address. Just follow the steps below and you can start using PayPal to shop securely online at hundreds of stores, sell on eBay or even send money by texting on your mobile phone.

Confirming your email address

  1. Log in to your account at
    www.paypal.com


  2. Click the "Confirm email" subtab in the "Activate Account" section:
    Account overview screengrab

    Now follow the on-screen instructions.
    We will send an email to the
    addressregistered to your
    PayPal account


  3. Check your email inbox for an email
    from PayPal, click on the link and
    enter your password


Your email address will now be confirmed and your account activated. See what you can do with PayPal.

Thank you for using PayPal!
PayPal


Helpful Links: Forgotten Password | Help | Your Security | Contact Us
How do I know this is not a Spoof email?
Spoof or 'phishing' emails tend to have generic
greetings such as "Dear PayPal member".
Emails from PayPal will always address
you by your first and last name
.
Find out more here.


This email was sent to YourEmailAddress@domain.net, because your email preferences are set to receive the PayPal Periodical newsletter and Product Updates. Unsubscribe.

© 2008 PayPal Inc. All rights reserved. PayPal is located at 2211 N. First St., San Jose, CA 95131.

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