25 responses to “The Right Way To Respond To A Fake “Confirm PayPal Account” Phishing Email

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  2. Edilene

    liked this information a lot, thank you very much for that.

  3. Mal

    Hey Bill,
    I think I might have received that very same email in the past. Trouble is, I don’t use Paypal lol.
    Seriously though, John’s way of dealing with it is spot on. Good advice.
    Cheers

    • Hey Mal,

      PayPal has 350 Million+ users but even so, can you imagine the number of spam emails that go out over and above that number? Boggles my mind. No postage required – just a bunch of neanderthals who don’t know that their personal machine have happily joined a bot net. :)

      Yeah, John has it down perfect. If only the neanderthals would come out of their cave and pay attention.

      If only the Moon was made of Swiss cheese. If only….. Yeah, right. lol

      Best,

      Bill

    • Hey Pochp,

      Thank you, my friend. Trust all is well with you.

      BTW, I was on your site a few times this past week – most impressed with all your hard work.

      Best,

      Bill

  4. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    As ever you are far too kind, especially as most of what I know from a security point of view, I have learnt from your good self. Still your comments are much appreciated.

    I have to say I continue to despair. I was told by a good friend the other day that her daughter uses “1234” as her bank password; seriously, can you credit it? This was no time to mince words and I told her how stupid her daughter is being and followed up with some basic advice. After about ten seconds her eyes started to glaze over and I knew I didn’t have, or even interested, audience. It is this kind of crassness and “it’ll never happen to me” attitude that the bottom-feeding scum thrive on.

    Kind regards
    John

    • Hi John,

      “her eyes started to glaze over and I knew I didn’t have, or even interested, audience.” Now where have I seen that before? Oh yeah – every time I’m asked to recommend a security procedure.

      There are times when I want to pick up a big stick, and beat these people black and blue. But, one must maintain a sense of decorum. Besides which, handcuffs are not my favourite jewelry accessory. Almost always class with the apparel of the day :)

      Best,

      Bill

  5. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    Should have read “I knew I didn’t have a concerned, or even interested, audience.”.

    Must start reading my posts before clicking on “Post Comment”. Comes of trying to type while watching Anna Ivanova at Wimbledon.

    Kind regards,
    John

  6. delenn13

    Thumbs up, John. :) I guess you can be happy you weren’t watching Anna Ivanova when that email came in. …..

    Here’s another story that almost ended up sad..:(

    “I’ve been working with computers for 17 years now — and I am aware of almost all of the tricks. But I almost fell for this one. The moral of the story is — anyone can be tricked. Be careful. Be wary.”

    Hey someone is saying really bad rumors about you…Beware of this fake Twitter message | Cloudeight Information Avenue

    • John Bent

      Hi delenn13,

      I was so distracted I even got her name wrong she is, in fact, Ana Ivanovic. Sadly she’s out of Wimbledon now, as is Maria Sharapova. Couldn’t watch Maria because of the horrible sounds she makes and it’s not the same with the sound off.

      The story you quote is a great reason for using a password manager to log in to sites. An unexpected security benefit.

      Regards
      John

      • delenn13

        @John,

        Yes, and this is the wrong but best Ivanova I know..Babylon 5: My quite personal top 10 of Susan Ivanova I know it’s long..but at least watch the one where she performs “Human Sex”. Then there is one where she claims “God sent me” or “Ivanova is God”. Wow! Come to think of it. i am surprised They limited it to 10. :)

        • John Bent

          Hi delenn13,

          2 comments on “Human Sex”. 1: I’ll have what she’s having. 2: Did the “guy” remind you of a certain W.Mullins on a bad day? Sorry Bill :)

          Thanks for an excellent link.

          Regards
          John

  7. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    Still off topic and on Wimbledon; I have a new favourite in Agnieszka Radwanska from Poland. Such a clever, understated and subtle player; took a set off Serena Williams in the ladies’ final. The complete antidote to much of what the ladies’ game has become lately. No huge serves, baseline bashing or shrieking.

    Have to congratulate Serena on her 5th Wimbledon title after all she’s been through, though.

    Kind regards
    John

    • Hi John,

      Didn’t see much of this year’s, but I did see that Serena blasted through the final. 5th title – amazing. I echo your congratulations.

      Yes, the shrieking bit is just craziness. Turned me away from the game. We need to get back to the era of gentleman players – ala Rod Laver and the like. I think I’m dreaming, though.

      Oh, I better throw in Billy Jean King, just in case. :)

      Best,

      Bill

  8. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    Heads up on another attempted PayPal scam. This one was confirmation of a supposed payment to Skype of £46.49 gbp. Thoughtfully a link was provided so that I can raise a dispute if I have “issues” with the payment. This is, of course, a devious way to harvest your login details so that the scamscum can actually take money from your account

    Of course I know I’ve never paid anything for Skype and a quick check on my account confirmed this.

    I would have attached a screenshot of the body of the email but could not see a way to do that, so I’ve sent it to you in an email. As you will see, there are several other clues that this is not a genuine email, all of which are described in my original piece.

    Kind regards
    John

    • Hi John,

      It’s a bloody good one – sophisticated and very crafty. I’ll hazard a guess, that this one will have a rate of response that will generate major $$$$ for the bad guys.

      I’ll update the previous post – and include your screen capture, shortly.

      Best,

      Bill