Hrmm PayPal acct hacked?

I got this Email today.


Dear PayPal Online,

We regret to inform you, that we had to lock your PayPal Online Access
because we have reasons to believe that your account may have been compromised by outside
parties. In order to protect your sensitive information, we temporaly suspended your account.

To reactivate your account, click on the link below and confirm your identity by completing the
secure form what will appear.

We have seen unusual attempts for logging in regarding your personal account, therefore this
confirmation regarding your account its only for security reasons.

Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.

Have questions? Our online help screens provide answers to many frequently asked questions.
You can also click the Customer Center tab then go to the Contact Us page to find a list of helpful
numbers to call.

Please do not reply to this automatically generated e-mail.

We know you have a choice of banks. Thanks for choosing ours.

Sincerely, PayPal Team

Funny thing is I havent used that account in years and thought i cancelled it. Anyone else get this?

Temprah 17 years ago
That sounds like one of those scam things I get all the time. I would NEVER click a link through an email about Paypal. Open a new window and check it out yourself. I would bet this is simply one of those nasty people trying to get your log in info.
Eve 17 years ago
If you hover over the link with your mouse, and look down where it shows where it's gonna take you, it's not a pay pal addy. Paypal would never send you something like that and have any kind of link. They would tell you to log into your account via the actual addy. What you have there is someone fishing, trying to get you to type your info into their lil gathering tool. NO CLICKIE LINKIE!
Eve 17 years ago
/bonks Temp for beating her to the punch... I SAID NO CLICKIE! /clicks Temp repeatedly just for fun
Den 17 years ago
Phishing is a huge problem, and if this is the first time you've ever received such a notice you're lucky. When I worked for Earthlink we got calls from people all the time, because phishers used to duplicate the Earthlink websites all the time, down to their logos etc, identical to the real websites, and got all kinds of money from people that way, along with credit card info etc. It used to piss me off that Earthlink wouldn't post a huge warning on their websites to people, in attempts to educate them on these creeps.
Crikett 17 years ago
I did not click it I copied and posted it here. I was rather sure that it was not real considering that I don't really use PayPal.
ROzbeans 17 years ago
Paypal will always address you by the name you put on the account, not 'Paypal Customer' - that's how you can tell the difference between a legit email and a piece of shit phish job. You can always forward those to [email][/email] i think the address is. =)
Maelgrim 17 years ago
I used to get emails like this all the time supposedly from banks that I had never had accounts with asking me to send my account numbers because of some problem. I always laughed at them as I deleted them because they used such poor and broken english. Damn 3rd rate russian scammers.
Mileron 17 years ago
Also, I believe Paypal actually tells you to go to their website to log in, and does not offer a link in their emails at all.
Mylec 17 years ago
Also, if you are using the latest Internet Explorer (version 7) they have a phishing filter built in (I think it is off by default and it will ask you if you want to turn it on when you first update to 7). It can help avoid being taken in by this type of scam.
Calimaryn 17 years ago
I wont say anything more than Good for You! For checking on the validity of this email. You did the right thing.
Addi 17 years ago
i got one of those emails, i deleted it quickly. Especially since my dumb butt fell for the ebay one a couple years ago and they cleaned out our bank account in just a couple days by going across the border and back into the US taking out money. Thank god I have a good bank that put the money back in right aways since it was Christmas time and we didnt have alot of money to begin with.
Lessa 17 years ago
The only ones ive gotten so far ( unless theyre going straight to trash or bulk) are the ones that say: Your friend * name* wants to update her address book please enter all your info and the addresses in your address book *here*
or something along those lines..its so obviously a scam, the friends name they use is a girl i cant stand, she would never ask me for anything hehehe