is this a "phishing" scam?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by rfb45colt, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. rfb45colt

    rfb45colt safe-cracker

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    I got the following e-mail today.... thing is, I don't HAVE a pay-pal account. Never have.


    Identifying Unauthorized Logon Attempts on February. 24, 2010: (Error Message No.
    FE09PJ48LL84L9)
    Your account access has been limited for the following reason(s):
    ______________________________________________________________________________
    1. We would like to ensure that your account was not accessed by an unauthorized third
    party.
    Because protecting the security of your account is our primary concern, we have limited
    access to sensitive Pay`Pal account features.
    _____________________________________________________________________________
    2. Unusual account activity has made it necessary to limit account access until additional
    verification information can be collected.
    _____________________________________________________________________________
    3. If your account was hijacked, the PayPal account attached is vulnerable too. Please
    respond
    as soon as possible!
    Pay`Pal Confirmation link: ://activities.usd348.com/update/index.php

    Once you complete all of the checklist items, your case will be reviewed by one of our
    Account Specialists.
    We will send you an email with the outcome of the review.
    If, after reviewing your PayPal account information, you seek further clarification
    regarding your
    account access,
    please contact Pay`Pal Online Banking by visiting the Help Center and clicking "Contact
    Us".

    Thank you.
    Pay`Pal Team.

    02/24/2010

    Copyright ? 1999-2010 Pay`Pal. All rights reserved
    ______________________________________________________________________
    Copyright Sandstone Technology Pty Ltd [ 2.0.63 7CFD 2144 FBEE ]
    This email has been scanned by the MessageLabs Email Security System.
    ______________________________________________________________________

    RWXXVKZDWISXOLCQZRSXHRVKOHVDYUEUILWJEW



    Edit: If I click on the link, my AVG software says it's likely a "phish page".
     
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  2. Tristan

    Tristan Awwwww.........

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  3. BAILIFF

    BAILIFF Piece Officer

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    Pay`Pal.

    Why the apostrophe?:upeyes:
     
  4. MtBaldy

    MtBaldy Obie Wan, RIP

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    Kaspersky blocked access to it for me as "Unsafe". Not sure what that means but I didn't go further. Since Kaspersky is anti-virus I'm assuming it loads a virus or malware.
     
  5. D-E-F-E-N-S-E!

    D-E-F-E-N-S-E! AAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

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    Why in God's name would you click on that link?

    ...or even include it in your post, for that matter?
     
  6. rfb45colt

    rfb45colt safe-cracker

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    I didn't... my wife did. She trusts the firewall.

    As for including it in my post, I thought I had made it not "hot", but apparantly it didn't work... went back and fixed it.
     
  7. RustySocket

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    You and your wife need separate computers.....

    My wife could get a virus on her blackberry
     
  8. rfb45colt

    rfb45colt safe-cracker

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    LOL... this is HER computer, not mine. If she wants to click on it, well, that's her call (truth is, she saw it aleady at work, and knew what it was). My computer is a laptop, and it's out in my truck... don't even use it on-line. It's full of work stuff, pictures from trail-cams, reloading and ballistic tables.
     
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    no kidding.. :faint:
     
  10. cgwahl

    cgwahl Sheriffs a near

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    Looks legit to me. I wouldn't use the fact that you don't have a PayPal account as a reason to not trust the email. That's how the terrorists win.
     
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  11. MorkBork

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    That is unquestionably a phishing scam.

    Note the URL referenced in the e-mail.

    The domain has nothing to do with PayPal; it is actually owned by a school (The school's resources have likely been compromised).

    Firefox also detects that site as a forgery.
     
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  12. Swiper

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    Does Charlie Daniels play a mean fiddle?
     
  13. CZ guy

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    Curiosity. It killed the cat, don't you know?

    I never did understand why people feel compelled to click before they think, but then again, most people talk before they think, also...
     
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  15. Brian Lee

    Brian Lee Drop those nuts

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    Maybe it's your Nigerian Pay Pal account that needs attention.
     
  16. community

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    no way. no how. I get pay pal notices all the time. never respond to them. I know my account is good.
     
  17. HKUSP45Css

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    Let me let you in on an official "geek" secret that many people aren't aware of...


    If you have to ask yourself if an unsolicited e-mail is malicious, it is.

    You will never, ever, ever, ever, get a message from a financial institution that requires you to do more than look at it UNLESS you have called or e-mailed them and ASKED them to send you a message.

    If you get a paypal e-mail referencing a transaction that never occurred, a bank statement claiming you're 5k in arrears, a grocery store you don't shop at saying you've won a lottery or a Nigerian king begging you to move his fortune ...

    FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY ..... DON'T CLICK THE LINK

    The internet is only a perilous place for people that trust the data going back and forth. If you're one of those people, stop doing it.

    I trade very, very personal data on the internet all the time. I never trust the person on the other end. Use your instincts.

    If you think "hmm, that's odd" it probably malicious.
     
  18. ssfeldjager

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  19. jlprtr

    jlprtr CLM

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    Yep, definite scam: forward it here; [email protected] and they will defintely take care of it.
    Pay Pal goes after them in a hard way.
     
  20. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

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    If you did have a Paypal account, the Paypal e-mails will always have your first and last name in them.

    :cool: