[OT] advice as to whether this is a scam?
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Sat Aug 13 11:38:19 EDT 2011
> 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
> (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.
Definitely a scam.
When in doubt you can forward any questionable email that claims to be
from PayPal to an address that PayPal maintains to collect and advise on
spoof at paypal.com
In most cases (every time so far for me) you'll get an email confirming
that it's a scam.
I very much appreciate that PayPal takes this proactive approach to spoofs.
PayPal rarely sends emails, so most you'll see that appear to come from
them are scams, esp. those with some sort of claim that your account is
Moreover, nothing at PayPal requires any platform-specific components
Until Microsoft throws their IE engine into the trash where it belongs
and adopts WebKit instead (yeah, right, that'll happen when they replace
their kernel with a more sensible Unix derivative; i.e., "not anytime
soon"), ActiveX remains one of the most serious security vulnerabilities
affecting a majority of computing users and should always be as
restricted as possible.
Any developer making public web sites which require ActiveX should be
replaced with someone possessing better professional judgment.
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