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Pseudo-PayPal scam?


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#1 saluqi

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Posted 29 September 2014 - 09:30 PM

Today I received from "paypal@e.paypal.com" a "Notice of Policy Updates" - a very long document containing numerous links which all  seem to be identical though purportedly referring to different subjects.  Am I correct in supposing this is a scam, and the links toxic?

 

I deleted it without clicking on any links . . . being in the habit of scrutinizing links pretty carefully before clicking on them :)

 

The message is, for the moment, still saved in my "Deleted" folder, so I can reproduce a (munged version of) the link/links if desired.  I do know better than to post/re-post "live" links.  Question arising, though, is it sufficient to replace the two forward slashes with two dashes to "denature" the link?  I suppose that depends on the extent of "auto-correction" built into the operating system's link recognition software?  So far (up through Win XP) that has worked for me, in that the result has not been recognized as a link; I have not yet had occasion to test this in Win 8.

 

FWIW I do have a PayPal account and use it to pay some but not all of my online purchases.

 

Thanks for enlightenment!



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#2 TsVk!

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Posted 29 September 2014 - 10:13 PM

It is very very likely to be a phishing scam, you're 100% correct. Though the links themselves are most likly harmless, assuming you don't enter any information.

 

Links are commonly "denatured", for posting on forums,  by substituting x's for t's in the protocol like this

 

hxxp://www.bleepingcomputer.com

 

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Posted 29 September 2014 - 10:43 PM

Received a similar e-mail. It's just a phishing scam that has a cloned Paypal login interface. Just place the email as spam and ignore it. :)


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