A wave of PayPal phishing emails

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Over 200 million people have accounts on PayPal, making it a key target for internet fraudsters attempting to steal money.

One of the way that criminals try to get their hands on your cash is by phishing for your PayPal account details.

An aggressive campaign that we have seen widely spammed out in the last few hours does precisely that, pretending to be a security warning from PayPal.

From: “PayPal” <tax@ato.gov.au>

Subject: Please confirm your identity

Attached file: update-account.html

Message body:
When you will complete the document we have sent, remember to ALLOW javascript and ActiveX to run from the bar that will pop-up, otherwise we cannot verify the informations you have provided.

February 22, 2011:Valued PayPaI Member, We have reasons to believe that your account was accessed by a third party. Because protecting the security of your...

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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