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Fake PayPal 'Cancel Payment' Phishing Scam

- http://www.hoax-slayer.com/paypal-cancel-payment-phishing-scam.shtml

Mar 5, 2014 - "Email purporting to be from PayPal claims that the recipient has sent a payment to a specified merchant and offers instructions for cancelling the payment if required... The email is a phishing scam designed to trick recipients into divulging their PayPal account login details and a large amount of personal and financial information. All of the information supplied will be sent to online criminals and used to commit financial fraud and identity theft. The merchant or seller specified in the messages may vary in different incarnations of the scam. If you receive one of these bogus emails, do not click on any links or open any attachments that it contains...

> http://www.hoax-slayer.com/images/paypal-cancel-payment-phishing-2014-1.jpg


> http://www.hoax-slayer.com/images/paypal-cancel-payment-phishing-2014-2.jpg

... Those who do click will be taken to a -bogus- website and asked to supply their PayPal email address and password on a fake login box. After logging in, they will be presented with the following web form, which asks for a large amount of personal and financial information:

> http://www.hoax-slayer.com/images/paypal-cancel-payment-phishing-2014-3.jpg

... All of the information supplied can be harvested by criminals and used to hijack the compromised PayPal accounts, commit credit card fraud and steal the identities of victims... If a PayPal phishing scam email hits your inbox, you can submit it to the company for analysis via the email address listed on the company's phishing information page*. A quick rule of thumb. PayPal emails will ALWAYS address you by your first and last names or business name. They will never use generic greetings such as 'Dear customer'. Nor will they omit the greeting..."

* https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/helpcenter/helphub/article/?articleID=FAQ2331&m=SRE



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  • 3 months later...

My sister just informed me that her computer was hijacked and the thief got into her PayPal account and took over $11,000 out before PP declined due to being over her limit. Then the thief went and stole $6000 from her bank account. I don't know if she responded to a phishing email or not, but I'm glad you're posting warnings.

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Those amounts are astronomical.

She needs to go to the bank and change out/cancel all her accounts and open new ones.

She need to start running virus scans, with changing passwords from a known clean computer.

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