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Phishing targets PayPal

Date: March 17, 2006

A common scam targeting PayPal customers revolves around an email that claims an erroneous charge was made to the recipient's account. For example, one such email claims:

Dear Customer,

This email confirms that you have paid PHONEDEPOTUSA
( $239.95 USD using PayPal.

This credit card transaction will appear on your bill as

The email then instructs the recipient that "If you haven't authorized this charge, click the link below to cancel the payment and get a full refund." But the link only seems to point to the real PayPal site. The href target is actually a miscreant website setup to look like PayPal - and any login information entered on that site will be captured and sent to criminals who will then use it for illicit purposes.
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