PAYPAL - Notification of limited account access RXI034

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Just a headsup guys...

Today I received an email with the subject line:

Notification of limited account access RXI034

My first reaction was unprintable, but then I realised this was in my SPAM folder, and all emails from PayPal get straight to my inbox, so I calmed down... and my mood became one of amusement to see what these guys had up their sleeves this time:

The sender of the email was: "PayPal" support@intl.paypaI.com

Note the 'I' at the end (in bold), not 'l'. Nice try, and made me even more amused.

This is the rest of the email:

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Dear Member,

Your account has been randomly flagged in our system as a part of our routine security measures. This is must to ensure that only you have access and use of your Paypal account and to ensure a safe PayPal experience. We require all flagged accounts to verify their information on file with us. Our review of your account has identified an issue regarding its safe use. We have placed a restriction on your account as a precaution.

To lift the restriction we will require some further information from you. If, once we review your further information and we're confident that the use of your account does not present a safety risk to our service and customers, we'll be happy to reinstate your account.

We have sent you an attachment which contains all the necessary steps in order to restore your account access.
Download and open it in your browser.

Once you have updated your account records your pending PayPal account transactions will not be interrupted and will continue as normal.

Thank you for your time,
PayPal Billing Department.


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Be careful out there guys 'n gals...

& have a fab weekend,

Oz.
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  • Profile picture of the author Glenellis
    That IS pretty sneaky. I've found I can just look at the sender line in the email, and when I see a Paypal corporate email sent from goober.bodine at hotmail.com I know I can delete without any worries.
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    • Profile picture of the author SMS
      Yeah, that's an obvious give away, although unfortunately, most of the scammers are more sophisticated these days.

      Originally Posted by Glenellis View Post

      That IS pretty sneaky. I've found I can just look at the sender line in the email, and when I see a Paypal corporate email sent from goober.bodine at hotmail.com I know I can delete without any worries.
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  • Profile picture of the author supersonic
    Great! Thanks for informing. Many of the people might fall in this mud.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Blaze
    That one is actually alot better than some of the one's ive been getting!

    Each time my heart still skips a heart beat but just remember to go directly to your paypal account first and see if what the email say's is true before even opening the attachments.

    Would have been even more perfect if they had given a long url to go to their site and submit the information (and it looked like paypal) rather than an attachment.

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  • Profile picture of the author Naveed Peerzade
    Whenever I get email, rather than clicking on the link I prefer to type in https://paypal.com and go directly to their site
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  • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
    Couple other red flags, such as the "Dear Member" (PP would address you by name) and the fact that they're sending an attachment (which PP wouldn't do).

    Just a general warning to folks...

    Even if this looked absolutely legit -- even if they spoofed it so it looked like it really came from PP and even if there was a link rather than an attachment -- don't click on it. Always log straight into your PP acct and check things out there.

    That goes from ANY kind of email you get from PP -- even if it's a "you have money" email. Even if you were expecting someone to send you money. Go straight to the source rather than clicking on links.

    Cheers,
    Becky
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    • Profile picture of the author Harvey Segal
      Originally Posted by R Hagel View Post

      Always log straight into your PP acct and check things out there.
      Thanks Becky, I've added it to my spoof Paypal message above
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      ...

      Thank you for your time,
      PayPal Billing Department.

      Remember to be vigilant about fake Paypal messages and
      always log straight into your account. For your convenience
      here is the link ....



      Harvey
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      • Profile picture of the author Gary King
        Hey Oz,

        Thanks for the heads-up on the latest scam tactics...

        They are (IMHO) pretty good about getting these domains shut down if reported (which you probably know) but if you forward everything to them it could help others as well as Warriors that may not see this thread:

        https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/websc...stion4-outside




        Originally Posted by Harvey.Segal View Post

        Thanks Becky, I've added it to my spoof Paypal message above
        ...
        ...

        Thank you for your time,
        PayPal Billing Department.

        Remember to be vigilant about fake Paypal messages and
        always log straight into your account. For your convenience
        here is the link ....

        Harvey

        Harvey, Thank you for the notice about my account! I can't *imagine* what could be wrong, and want to get this fixed right away... however, the link seems to be missing in your email!! Would you please re-send it with the appropriate link that steals my paypal info and downloads nasty things to my computer in the background without my knowledge?

        Your urgent reply is truly appreciated.

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    • Profile picture of the author SMS
      Spot on, Becky.

      Besides no reputable financial organisation will ask you to click on a link or open an attachment. They will simply tell you to go to their site and log in.

      Last week or so, I received a similar email (with attachment) that was purpotedly from Barclays Bank. Even the url showing in the status bar was a subdomain of barclays bank i.e. subdomain.barclays.co.uk

      NEVER CLICK ON A LINK OR OPEN AN ATTACHMENT. For all you know it could be a virus.

      Originally Posted by R Hagel View Post

      Couple other red flags, such as the "Dear Member" (PP would address you by name) and the fact that they're sending an attachment (which PP wouldn't do).

      Just a general warning to folks...

      Even if this looked absolutely legit -- even if they spoofed it so it looked like it really came from PP and even if there was a link rather than an attachment -- don't click on it. Always log straight into your PP acct and check things out there.

      That goes from ANY kind of email you get from PP -- even if it's a "you have money" email. Even if you were expecting someone to send you money. Go straight to the source rather than clicking on links.

      Cheers,
      Becky
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  • Profile picture of the author revenue27
    The best way is going to PayPal homepage, login and check our account. Paypal usually never sends any attachment inside their email.

    Thanks for this info.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
    Thanks for the alert Oz, I get many PP spoofs, but that one is particularly sneaky.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Truong
    Wow what a sneaky phishing scam :\ they're getting very sophisticated these days.

    I remember once being scammed by a very sneaky email before. The way they baited me was absolutely perfect. They somehow managed to even have the correct email address appear and totally caught me off-guard.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ashley Skuse
    Being informed that I had won the Nigerian lottery was undoubtfully the most awesome scam attempt made to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author InternetM39482
    Thanks for the heads up, dude.

    I've started to get a lot of these all of a sudden.
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  • Profile picture of the author CesarGalano
    It bore me to death receive over and over again the same scammy emails from "paypal". Hope that people don't fall in this trap!
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  • Profile picture of the author GMatthers
    try some alternates
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