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Warning - PayPal scam

I received the following email today:

From service@paypal-ebay.com Fri Nov 15 04:35:38 2002
Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2002 07:29:47 -0600
To: Stef<one of my email addresses here>
From: service@paypal-ebay.com
Subject: Notification of PayPal Limited Account Access


PayPal is constantly working to ensure security by regularly
screening the accounts in our system. We recently reviewed
your account, and we need more information to help us provide
you with secure service. Until we can collect this information,
your access to sensitive account features will be limited. We
apologize for the inconvenience, and we would like to restore
your access as soon as possible.

For more information about the status of your account and for
instructions on how to restore full use of your account,
please log in using the link below:


We encourage you to log in and restore full access as soon as
possible. Should access to your account remain limited for an
extended period of time, it may result in further limitations
on the use of your account or may result in eventual account

Your Case ID number is: PP-005-177-867

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.


PayPal Account Review Team
Please do not reply to this e-mail. Mail sent to this address
cannot be answered. For assistance, please visit the link below.
All of the information necessary to restore your account access is
available at:


OK, this is a scam. I know because they sent it to the wrong email address - I'm signed up on PayPal all right, but using a different address.

They probably want to grab all my personal information so they can commit identity fraud and/or hack into my PayPal account.

Beware, folks.


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Nov. 15th, 2002 08:26 am (UTC)
Definitiely a scam. Here's who paypal-ebay.com is registered to:

Young, Justin
2780 Fairlane Avenue
68601 Columbus
Email: nandi@bonbon.net
Phone: +1 402 5627895

Anyone know the appropriate place to report fraud to?

Nov. 15th, 2002 08:30 am (UTC)

is the form for reporting consumer fraud, on line or off, to the US Federal Trade Commission.

Surprisingly enough, they do take action, and you may even get a phone call asking for more details.
Nov. 15th, 2002 08:44 am (UTC)
Thanks - complaint registered.
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Nov. 15th, 2002 09:37 am (UTC)
I find that when you're as big as AOL, "customer service" becomes diluted.
Nov. 15th, 2002 10:35 am (UTC)
Thanks. I like to think that I'd have picked up on this, but I'm not *sure*. It's a subtle one.
Nov. 15th, 2002 11:49 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure I'd have twigged to it, for two reasons, both having to do with the URL they gave.

It's not a secure server. All paypal addresses should begin with https://.....
I've never heard of paypal-ebay.com.
Nov. 15th, 2002 03:37 pm (UTC)
those bastards!
yae for friday!
Nov. 16th, 2002 01:36 am (UTC)
oh yeah, group-advice got one. :) that's pretty much a dead give-away.

however, i am reporting this one. i ignore most spam these days, except for particularly slimey scams and those who fake my name or domain. this one clearly falls under "particularly slimey".

assholes. if i am ever dictator, scam spammers go against the wall.
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