Over the weekend I received not 1, but 2, pieces of fraudulent email meant to catch the unwary receiver. I thought I'd do my good deed for the day (old Boy Scout habit) and pass this "HEAD's UP WARNING" along. There are two scams circulating through cyberspace involving PayPalTM and AlertPayTM.
The first one claimed to be issued by PayPalTM using their trademark and logo colors. However, the first indication the message is fraudulent is the return email address to payball and the second is the generic greeting, "Hello Paypal Customer." Ironically the links (I've disabled them) for the HELP & SECURITY CENTER were working links connecting to the actual PayPalTM web site!
From:Paypal Customer Service [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, May 23, 2011 4:02 AM
Subject:Your Paypal Account Will Be Limited
Hello Paypal Customer,
Your Account Will Be Limited Until You Submitted Some Information.
If you didn't submit them , your account will be limited after 2 days.
Click Here To Submit The Information
Help Center | Security Center
Please don't reply to this email. It'll just confuse the computer that sent it and you won't get a response.
Copyright © 2011 PayPal, Inc. All rights reserved. PayPal is located at 2211 N. First St., San Jose, CA 95131.
PayPal Email ID PP1456
The second message was from AlertPayTMand like the PayPalTMmessage, it contained tip-off's that it was a fake: the return email address to alretpay and the universal, generic greeting. Actual messages are always addressed to the specific account holder. And, as with the PayPalTMmessage, it is ironic the phone contact number is the actual AlertPayTM office!
Sent: Saturday, May 21, 2011 12:07 AM
Subject:Your Alertpay Account Has Been Limited
This is an automated email, please do not reply
Dear Alertpay Customer
Unfortunately Your Alertpay Account Has Been Limited!
You have to submit your Transaction PIN to remove the limitation
Please click on the following link to validate your Transaction PIN:
Click here to validate your Transaction PIN. (link disabled for this post)
You Must Validate The PIN Before 2 Days.
We're happy to help by phone at 1-514-748-5774, Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00 pm EST, or by email
Copyright 2011. All rights reserved. AlertPay
Email ID: 0026
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