The email hadn't dried on my post on Internet Seduction when I received this:
Dear Customer, You have added firstname.lastname@example.org as a new email address for your PayPal account. IP connection: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXConnection Time: 24-04-2012 2:32:07 If you did not authorize this change,check with family members and others who
mayhave access to your account first.If you still feel that an unauthorized person has changed your email: *Please download and unzip the form attached to your email.*Submitting this form will automatically restore your original PayPal account
email. Thank you.
There was an attachment with this email - with the PayPal logo - asking me for my social security number, address, email and credit card authorization number.
I was floored.
I forwarded this to email@example.com . I received an email back, advising me that this was a phishing attempt- thanking me for sending it on the PayPal security.
Does it ever end?
I can understand how one can be easily duped. These emails appear so innocent, so professional. It is easy to panic and have a knee-jerk reaction when reading.
I am going to continue to use PayPal, as my transactions have been secure thus far.
However, I think it important I share this with you:
- Contact the vendor in question when you get an email like this
- Check directory assistance or validate the correct telephone and email information on your statement.
- Finally, report the incident once you validate the vendor credibility
I know we can beat these scammers at their own game.
Let's fight the Internet seduction together.