Monday, July 9, 2007

How Mozilla Firefox Protected My Paypal Account

On July 4, I received this email. The sender was Paypal and the subject was "Notification from Billing Department." I was concerned so I opened the email immediately. This is what it said:

"We recently noticed one or more attempts to log in to your PayPal account from a foreign IP address.

If you recently accessed your account while traveling, the unusual log in attempts may have been initiated by you. However if you are the rightful holder of the account,click on the link below to log into the account and follow the instructions.

If you choose not to complete the request, you give us no choice but to suspend your account temporary.

It takes at least 72 hours for the investigation in this case and we strongly recommend you to verify your account at that time.

If you received this notice and you are not the authorized account holder, please be aware that it is in violation of PayPal policy to represent oneself as an other PayPal user.Such action may also be in violation of local, national, and/or international law. PayPal is committed to assist law enforcement with any inquires related attempts to missapropriate personal information with the intent to commit fraud or theft. Information will be provided at the request or law enforcement agencies to ensure that perpetrators are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Thanks for your patience as we work together to protect your account.

PayPal Account Review Department.


Please do not reply to this email. This mailbox is not monitored and you will not receive a response.
For assistance, log in to your PayPal account and click the Help link located in the top right corner of any PayPal page.


PayPal Email ID PP00145


Of course, I clicked on the link to find out what was going on. The page looked exactly like Paypal's homepage. Fortunately, I had opened it using my Mozilla Firefox browser. As soon as it loaded, there was a warning that said this site has been reported to be fraudulent. I am so glad that I had not been able to log in with my account information. I opened the site in my Internet Explorer browser, and there was no warning of any sort. I have reported this incident to Paypal and the fraudulent link is not working anymore.

Please be careful of these scams. I am grateful that I have recently been using Mozilla Firefox as my main browser. I could have lost a good amount of money in my Paypal account. If you're not using Firefox yet, I suggest you switch now. It makes browsing faster and safer. You can download the Mozilla Firefox browser by clicking on the button found at the left side of this page.

*Note that the link above leads to Paypal's homepage. The scammers use a redirection URL in their emails.

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BarkTop said...

Your mistake was right here: "Of course, I clicked on the link to find out what was going on."

Never click on any links in emails unless you are 100% sure they can be trusted. You should go to PayPal's main site and login knowing if there is something wrong with your account PayPal will let you know when you login.

It's good to know that FireFox saved you, it's the only browser I use :)

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