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BEWARE - PayPal Email Legit?

Old 05-26-05, 08:20 AM
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BEWARE - PayPal Email Legit?

Is this a legit email from Paypal?
When I click on the link my antivirus software sais its a Trojan virus...

Scan type: Auto-Protect Scan
Event: Threat Found!
Threat: JS.Trojan.Blinder
File: C:\Documents and Settings\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\0NGBINI3\login[1].htm
Location: C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Tempora

Eveything looks so real...

Dear valued PayPal® member:

It has come to our attention that your PayPal® account information needs to be
updated as part of our continuing commitment to protect your account and to
reduce the instance of fraud on our website. If you could please take 5-10 minutes
out of your online experience and update your personal records you will not run into
any future problems with the online service.

However, failure to update your records will result in account suspension.
Please update your records on or before May 29rd, 2005.

Once you have updated your account records, your PayPal® session will not be
interrupted and will continue as normal.

To update your PayPal® records click on the following link:

Thank You.

Accounts Management As outlined in our User Agreement, PayPal® will
periodically send you information about site changes and enhancements.

Visit our Privacy Policy and User Agreement if you have any questions.

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Old 05-26-05, 08:25 AM
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It looks like some phishing spam to me, with a tricky trojan payload.

JS.Trojan.Blinder is an embedded JavaScript trojan that spoofs the URL displayed in the browser address bar.
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Old 05-26-05, 08:31 AM
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Real e-mails from Paypal will just tell you to log into your account, and will not include a link.

If you are in doubt about any kind of "official business" e-mail, check with the company it is supposed to be from. Always go to your account through your usual route, never from an e-mail link.
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Old 05-26-05, 08:31 AM
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Two clues.

1) May 29rd, 2005.
2) PayPal wouldn't send something like this out. As always, if you're concerned, type paypal.com into your browser yourself and login.
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Old 05-26-05, 08:57 AM
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May 29rd

Another clue is the copyright thing after the name PayPal. I don't think they use that everytime they mention the name of the website.

Also, the address is http:// and not https:// which means it's not secure.

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Old 05-26-05, 09:20 AM
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No legit company will ever use an email link for updating and/or confirming sensitive information.

If you want to check on your account information, or update it, NEVER use an email link. ALWAYS go directly to the site itself.

(They always try to scare you - you know, your Paypal account will be suspended, or your eBay functions will be blocked, or your checkinbg account will be frozen, or your hair will fall out.)
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Old 05-26-05, 09:22 AM
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Not legit. All emails from PayPal will direct you by name, not something generic like 'valued PayPal customer'.
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Old 05-26-05, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by nickdawgy
May 29rd

That had me rolling as well......
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Old 05-26-05, 10:24 AM
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Here's the culprit:

Domain Name.......... paypalw.com
Creation Date........ 2005-05-22
Registration Date.... 2005-05-22
Expiry Date.......... 2006-05-22
Organisation Name.... L A Davenport
Organisation Address. 542 Crooked Run Rd
Organisation Address.
Organisation Address. Elizabeth City
Organisation Address. 27909
Organisation Address. NC
Organisation Address. UNITED STATES

Admin Name........... L A Davenport
Admin Address........ 542 Crooked Run Rd
Admin Address........
Admin Address........ Elizabeth City
Admin Address........ 27909
Admin Address........ NC
Admin Address........ UNITED STATES
Admin Email.......... [email protected]
Admin Phone.......... +1.2527718397

Appropriate street address.

Where do these guys get people's Paypal email addresses?
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Old 05-26-05, 10:46 AM
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Isn't there some law these guys are breaking? With all of that information you seemed to have found on them, can't the police go and arrest these people?
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Old 05-26-05, 11:23 AM
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I'm not sure they'll find him at that address. But we could try calling him...

Listing Of Old Schools Closed
From: 03/01/2003 To: 03/31/2003
Newland School 542 Crooked Run Rd Elizabeth City, NC 27909
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Old 05-26-05, 12:07 PM
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Where do these guys get people's Paypal email addresses?
I'm not sure they have people's Paypal addresses - I think in most cases they are simply sending out those emails en masse to email lists that spammers are always gathering and exchanging.

I say that because I've received several phishing emails about my "bank account" at banks where I've never conducted business.

The theory is: send out enough of them, and some are guaranteed to land in a gullible person's inbox.
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Old 05-26-05, 12:24 PM
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Yeah now that you mention it, I did get that email at a different address. One that very few people have and I have never received spam at.
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Old 05-27-05, 12:47 PM
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what will get scary is when these phishing crooks start to send out viruses where it changes your hosts file for paypal.com ect. and has it point to there IP. If that happens you can type paypal.com in the address bar but it will still go to the crooks site
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Old 05-27-05, 01:18 PM
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Just yesterday a guy I work with fell for this. Gave them ALL his info! Oy vey!
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