Hi Bill and all, This has been happening to a number of subscription services on the Internet. Another recent incident revolves around e-Bay. Apparently theMessage 1 of 2 , Sep 17, 2003View SourceHi Bill and all,
This has been happening to a number of subscription services on the
Internet. Another recent incident revolves around e-Bay. Apparently the
service asked those who had e-Bay accounts to update their information
including credit card details. It turned out not to be e-Bay at all and
e-Bay sent a message saying it was a bogus message and was damaging to those
who had filled in the information. One scammer had used e-bay.net and placed
a duplicate of the e-bay page on their site.
So it is good to beware of anyone "updating" their files and to be sure the
sites at which you enter credit card and other details are legitimate before
you complete their online forms.
[mailto:owner-dist-gen@...]On Behalf Of Bill Mumford
Sent: September 17, 2003 10:40 PM
Subject: Bogus Pay Pal message
I received a bogus message supposedly from Pay Pal. I reported this to Pay
Pal and received the following answer. If you have a Pay Pal account this
could be important to you.
Original bogus Message Follows:
----- Original Message -----
From: "PayPal" <announcements-account@...>
To: "Suddie Mumford" <mumford@...>
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2003 8:16 PM
Subject: PayPal's New Account and Refer-A-Friend Bonus Programs
> Dear Suddie Mumford,
> PayPal's New Account Bonus and Refer-A-Friend Bonus programs are
> scheduled to end on September 26, 2003. As we bring them to a close,
> we wish to thank those who have supported the programs to date.
> If you haven't already taken advantage of the bonus programs, you are
> still eligible to earn a bonus until the offer expires - just complete
> your bonus requirements before September 26th. Log in to your account
> to check the status of your New Account Bonus at
> You can also review any bonuses you've already earned by logging in to
> your PayPal account and clicking on the History subtab. Select
> "Referrals" from the History filter and specify the date range.
> In addition, we are pleased to introduce an exciting new program: the
> PayPal Merchant Referral Bonus. This program is our way of rewarding
> our users for spreading the word about PayPal's Website Payment
> solutions. Go to the Merchant Referral Bonus page to learn how you can
> earn up to $100 for every merchant you refer:
> PayPal remains committed to developing products and programs that
> benefit our community of over 31 million members worldwide. We hope
> that by focusing on new features and services, we're helping to make
> your online experience positive and successful!
> Thank you for using PayPal!
> The PayPal Team
> This PayPal notification was sent to mumford@.... Your
> PayPal account is set up to receive the PayPal Periodical newsletter
> and Product Updates when you create your account. To modify your
> notification preferences and unsubscribe, go to
> https://www.paypal.com/PREFS-NOTI and log in to your account.
> Copyright(c) 2003 PayPal, Inc. All rights reserved. Designated
> trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners.
Below is Pay Pals reply to my report.
Dear Bill Mumford,
Thank you for contacting PayPal.
Thank you for bringing this suspicious email to our attention. We can
confirm that the email you received; was not sent to you by PayPal. The
website linked to this email is not a registered URL authorized or used by
PayPal. We are currently investigating this incident fully. Please do not
enter any personal or financial information into this website.
If you have surrendered any personal or financial information to this
fraudulent website, you should immediately log into your PayPal Account and
change your password and secret question and answer information. Any
compromised financial information should be reported to the appropriate
If you notice any unauthorized activity associated with your PayPal
transaction history, please immediately report this to PayPal by following
the instructions below:
1. Go to https://www.paypal.com/
2. Click on the Security Center at the bottom of the page
3. Click on "Report a Problem"
4. Select the Topic: Report Fraud
5: Select the Subtopic: Unauthorized use of my PayPal Account, and click
6. Follow the instructions to access the appropriate form
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us again.
PayPal Account Review Department
PayPal, an eBay Company