PayPal Email Scam – Email Form

PayPal Email Scam – Email Form

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I’ve received this version of the scam from many of you. It’s a more advanced version because it shows up in your email inbox instead of linking you to a scam web site. This makes it much more difficult for the average person to figure out where the information is being sent.

Here’s the bottom line:

Never Fill Out a Form From Your Email Inbox!

In this form, the scammers are asking you for your credit card number, expiration date, and your ATM PIN. Does that even make sense? Are you listening to that little voice in your head that questions why PayPal needs to know your ATM PIN?

I tracked down where the information was being sent and the server had already been shut down. The domain that was being used had been set up only three or four days before I got the email. It appears that they were working from Croatia, but it’s almost impossible to be sure.

Bottom line again? Never Fill Out a Form From Your Email Inbox!

Author: Dave Nielsen

I started using computers in 1978 on the Apple II and was first online (using my “high-speed” 1200 baud modem) in 1989. I’ve managed web sites for several Fortune 500 companies and for internet start-ups. Working for one of those start-ups is what brought me into the world of credit. I was part of the the executive team that ran QSpace, the first company to offer credit reports over the internet.

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