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

Pierre Sahores sc at sahores-conseil.com
Sat Aug 13 17:37:07 EDT 2011


In addition to Richard's notes, PayPal does never send you emails without naming you by your compete registration name. If the mail don't contains it, it's scram. Those scams are very current and we just have to trash them (and never follow the provided phishing links...).

Le 13 août 2011 à 17:38, Richard Gaskin a écrit :

> Richmond 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.
> 
> 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 such things:
> 
> 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 "limited".
> 
> Moreover, nothing at PayPal requires any platform-specific components like ActiveX.
> 
> 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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