Threat Descriptons

Paypal scam


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Paypal scam


We have received notification of an attempt to gain access to confidential data belonging to Paypal's customers. An email like the one shown below is received, and the data introduced on the from is sent to a site completely unrelated to Paypal. Needless to say, such messages have never been sent by Paypal.

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Technical Details

Fraudulent email text follows:


Dear PayPal Customer
This email is the notification of recent innovations taken by PayPal to detect
inactive customers and non-functioning mailboxes.
The inactive customers are subject to restriction and removal in the next 3
Please confirm your email address and credit card information by logging in to
your PayPal account using the form below:
 Email Address:

 Full Name:
 Credit Card #:

 ATM PIN (For Bank Verification) #:
 Log In
 This notification expires September 31, 2003 Thanks for using PayPal!
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to this email will not be processed.
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