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PayPal email scam


Alerts updated August 2004


Unsolicited email messages that look convincingly like they originate from PayPal are scams


Responsible financial and banking institutions do not request your private details by email. At least, I hope not.


The screenshot below is typical of thousands of fake emails being sent out in the hope of fooling genuine PayPal customers into parting with their credit card details.

Genuine companies like PayPal would NEVER ask a customer for their ATM PIN number.

The scammers clone a card and use the PIN to withdraw cash from the unsuspecting respondents' accounts.

Genuine financial services companies NEVER use email to elicit confidential financial information from their customers. Don't fall for these, or any others like them.


Alert 1



Alert 2

Note: thanks to M.S. for this alert.


The example email below is more sophisticated. The link in the body text takes users to a Korean web site that elicits extensive personal and confidential information about themselves, including bank and credit card details, and ATM PIN number. As above, do not fall for this sophisticated scam. The link in the example text below is disabled.



Please verify your information today!
Dear Paypal Member.

Your account has been randomly flagged in our system as a part of our routine security measures. This is a 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. To verify your information, click here and enter the details requested. After you verify your information, your account shall be returned to good standing and you will continue to have full use of your account.

Thank you for using PayPal!

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