Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Paypal emails asking you to verify your information

For those of you that have a Paypal account be aware of this. I received an email that looks exactly like something that paypal would send asking you to verify your account. I though it was a little fishy so I called paypal and they advised it is a scam.

Here is what the email looked liked.

Problem with your account, rectify now to prevent deactivation!
Dear PayPal User,
PayPal account has generated some critical errors on our system. If this problem is not corrected, we will be forced to shut down your account. You are required to correct this problem immediately to prevent your account from being deactivated.
During our verification procedures we encountered a technical problem caused by the fact that we could not verify the information that you provided during registration. Most of your data in our database were encrypted to an unreadable format and could not be recovered due to system errors. Because of this, your account will not be able to function properly and will lead to account de-activation.We urgently ask you to re-submit your information so that we could fully verify your identify, otherwise your PayPal account will be shut down until you pass verification process.
Click here to rectify your account problem immediately
Verification of your Identity will further protect your account against possible breach of security.
We urgently ask you to follow the link above to correct this problem as soon as you have read this message. Your PayPal account security is our concern. We are very sorry for the inconveniences this might have caused you.Thank you for using PayPal!The PayPal Team
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PayPal Email ID PP468

Remember that any message from PayPal will address you by your first and last name -- they will NEVER address you as "Dear PayPal User" or "Dear PayPal Member." Also, PayPal will NEVER ask you for account info, password, Social Security number, or other private information by e-mail. And NEVER click on a link within the email.
Forward these messages to , then delete.

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