Monday, March 8, 2010

Email Phishing Scams

How To Avoid Email Scams and HoaxesIs This Email Real?

Just a few days ago my mother received the following email and asked me if it was real.  See if you can identify the five key points I found in identifying this email as fraud. 

Need some help.  See tomorrow's post for a real email I received and the answers to those five key points mentioned earlier.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "PayPal" <>
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Date: Tue, 02 Mar 2010 03:33:29 -0700
Subject: Online Banking and Bill Payment Deactivation Notice !
Dear PayPal Customer,

This is your final warning about the safety of your PayPal account.
If you do not update your billing informations your access on PayPal
features will be restricted and the user deleted. This might be due
to either following reasons:

- A recent change in your personal information (i.e. change of address)
- Submiting invalid information during the initial sign up process.
- An inability to accurately verify your selected option of payment due
 an internal error within our processors.

Please update your PayPal profile in order to restore your online
access, click the link: /web/Online-Service/. /Account/PayPal/webscr.php?cmd=_login-run

If your account information is not updated, your ability to use your
PayPal account will become restricted.

Thank you,
PayPal Customer Service

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