Sunday, March 13, 2011


Just received e-mail, allegedly from Paypal (it has the Paypal logo at the top and everything):

Your PayPal account information needs to be updated!

We are currently performing regular maintenance for security measures. You account has been randomly selected for this maintenance, and you will be taken through a series of identification verification pages.
Regular maintenance by random selection. Okay.
The information is used for verification purposes only. Your credit card will not be charged. This has to be done before March 25, or your Paypal account will be suspended. [Then a supposed Paypal link.]
What's next is weird. It sounds like someone--some third party--is interjecting this. I don't get it:
Then it has page where I have to fill in all my personal information, name, address, bank info PLUS pin number, social security number, bank name, address, credit card number, expiration date.
How did that little personal note get into an e-mail supposedly from the Paypal billing department?

Anyway, I've never given Paypal a credit card number, so I felt safe enough clicking on the link to see where it went. MS warning: "This website has been reported as unsafe." No surprise.

But, besides that weird personal note and the randomly selected regular maintenance, the e-mail looks pretty legit. Beware or be cubetopped.

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