Posted 01 March 2007 - 01:00 PM
Although tg1911 has satisfied your question, I would like to make a few suggestions and comments.
No#1. It's hard to trick you into clicking on links within your emails to click on links that are spoofed, if you're cautious of what you click on.
No#2. No program can protect you from manipulations like fake emails... only common sense will help protect you.
No#3. NEVER click on any link from within your email account, especially from a so-called source that requires your username/password.. You simply copy the link, paste it in Notepad or such, and then you copy/paste from there into the link you want to go to.
No#4. Know who you're dealing with. A single character will make you think you're clicking on the legitimate thing, when in fact you're not.
No#5. Don't give out your real email address to everyone. You decide who everyone is.
No#6. The oldest trick in the book, if you have any Hotmail accounts, Don't EVER click on any links from within the emails because once you do, you may be giving your Hotmail account access to the culprits.. It's an old scam, and it works. NEVER click on links from within your emails...... take a few seconds and copy/paste that link into Notepad or such and verify the link.
Although softwares are good (depending on what they are, and what they are suppose to do)... you don't need them. All it takes is common sense. That's all.
I've gotten an email supposedly from PayPal, but I found out it wasn't PayPal that sent the email. I still have it to this day, because I have a team of spam examiners that I'm a part of that help put an end to people like those that sent me the email. If I wasn't well informed of the tricks of the email spoofs, I would have been taken for the long haul.
Personally.... what I think........., if the software is for you to identify if you have any bogus PayPal emails or not before you click on the link, it's just a matter of time and you will be gotten. I'd put my money on the fact that you would. Don't depend on software for something like that. It's almost like saying that you can't distinguish between a legitimate source or not concerning your own money.
If you have monies going into your PayPal account, and going out of your PayPal account, there is no magic trick, nor help to help you sort out the culprits...... It's all common sense.
I, personally believe you will make the gravest mistake by depending on any software to help you distinguish if the email you have is indeed from PayPal or not. Someone will find a way around it.
I'd be glad to post my fake PayPal email here, and let anyone see if they can spot the bogus signs..... It's all in how serious you are in protecting your investment.
But.... if you use any softwares, just post if they help you or not,,,, which I don't see the problem happening to you again for quite a long time if you didn't click on any links in your emails.
They usually strike one, especially if you don't reply to the email. But you decide.
I have been in contact with PayPal for a few years now, because of this known issue, and I've advised them them to have an area in the PayPal account that will allow people to see if PayPal have sent them any emails, and the dates they sent them. I'm still working with them on it, and it's a needed feature.
Now,, all you have to do is open a browser window, go to your PayPal account, and see from your account if they sent you any emails or not...... and even the ones you haven't responded to (not unless you're into some illegal stuff). But everyone responds to PayPal emails... except, your account you used is no longer valid, you're locked away, you're sick or such, no internet access, or simply,,, you've passed away.
Since PayPal deals with your money, and your bank account(s) or such.... I wouldn't depend on any software to be my main source of thwarting off crooks.
Your best defense is common sense.