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Amazing. They didn’t want me to type my password into an e-mail, and they did want me to go to real PayPal site. So I went to real site. Took a good look at it, then returned to e-mail, which said on its lefthand side:
“Dear PayPal Member: Attention! Your PayPal account has been violated! Someone with ip address 188.8.131.52 tried to access your personal account!
“Please click link below and enter your account information to confirm that you are not currently away. You have 3 days to confirm account information or your account will be locked. Click here to activate your account.
“Thank you for using PayPal! The PayPal Team Please do not reply to this e-mail. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered. For assistance, log in to” -- and they had an official looking link for me to click.
So I clicked on it. Which I shouldn’t have done, and maybe that’s where I got attempted computer hijacking and a tracking cookie. But I was curious. I was taken to a website that looked EXACTLY like PayPal official website. Remember? They had me go to real one to see how it looked. I still had real site on another screen, so I went back to it. The two sites were EXACTLY same, except for two things:
The real PayPal website recognizes my computer. It automatically welcomes me and puts up little stars that represent my password. The scam website had blank spaces for my account number and password.
Well, of course they were blank! The whole point was that I should fill in my PayPal password and account number so they could wipe out my account.
Second difference: address in window at top of scam site was not that of PayPal. It was a string of code letters and numbers.
I still had real PayPal site on another screen. I flipped back to it. The address in window at top was http://PayPal.com. The address on scam site was not.
And those were ONLY TWO DIFFERENCES. Talk about low-down, sneaky scams!
I hope I have turned you into a gimlet-eyed, suspicious person -- but only where Internet frauds are concerned.
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