13 January 2008

Just a little security reminder

I hope most of you, dear readers, don't need to be reminded to double-check every e-mail that asks you to update your account information, especially from sites like eBay or PayPal. But I got a spoof today and I just wanna make fun of it.
Imagine that, from service@paypal.com:

Activate Your Account!
Update Your Information,
To complete your PayPal account, you must click the link below and enter your password on the following page to confirm your email address.
Plus such useful security tips:
Protect Your Account Info
Make sure you never provide your password to
fraudulent websites.

To safely and securely access the PayPal
website or your account, open a new web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or
Netscape) and type in the PayPal URL (https://www.paypal.com/us/) to be sure you are on the real
PayPal site.

PayPal will never ask you to enter your password in
an email.

For more information on protecting yourself from
fraud, please review our Security Tips at https://www.paypal.com/us/securitytips
Whoah. Too bad my e-mail account wasn't the PayPal one. And the links didn't lead to PayPal.com. And once it says to activate your account, and once to update your billing information. But, to wipe my tears, I just got another e-mail from the real PayPal:
Thanks for taking an active role by reporting suspicious-looking emails.
The email you forwarded to us is a phishing email, and our security team
is working to disable it.
So guys, be careful, we don't wanna end up like this guy from bash:
Ben174: fuckin paypal.. they need new databases or something.. seems like every other day i get an email and have to go update my account information.

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