[OT] advice as to whether this is a scam?

Mark Schonewille m.schonewille at economy-x-talk.com
Sat Aug 13 09:52:49 EDT 2011


Obviously, this is a scam. "Which has javascript enabled [...] please allow ActiveX for scripts" really should make you hear alarm bells. You don't need to respond to e-mails that come from PayPal ever. If you do business with PayPal and log in once a day, you will find all the notifications and other information listed in your account. Any genuine e-mail from PayPal is nothing but a notification that it might be useful to log in to your account now. You will never need to send any information whatsoever in any other way than logging on to the website and filling out web forms there, except for a one-time request to send a copy of your passport to PayPal. When you get this request, again you log in to your account and follow the instructions there. You never ever download any files from anywhere else and "follow instructions". Really. Never.

Now, if you or anyone else still think that there might be cases when you need to give PayPal any information without logging in on your account first: read the above again. There are no such cases. Period.

Best regards,

Mark Schonewille

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On 13 aug 2011, at 15:40, Richmond Mathewson wrote:

> Dear Liovecode users, I need a spot of advice re the following e-mail I just recieved:
> "Dear PayPal member, Your account has been temporarily limited. Please download the form and follow the instructions on your screen. NOTE: The form needs to be opened in a modern browser which has javascript enabled (ex: Internet Explorer, Firefox ,Netscape) Submitting this form you will unlimit and restore your PayPal account . If you are using Internet Explorer please allow ActiveX for scripts to perform all data transfers securely . Thank You. Thanks for using PayPal ."
> Why, Oh Why, does that make me feel uneasy?
> Should I or shouldn't I?
> Please advise.
> Richmond.

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