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Paypal Personal Account Update Phishing Scam

PLEASE NOTE: PayPal is NOT responsible for these e-mail scams. Organisations and individuals pretending to be PayPal initiate them., PayPal, and all related logos are either trademarks or registered trademarks of PayPal, Inc., or its licensors. Cyber Top Cops is in no way affiliated with PayPal.

Date: 16 June 2006
Received from a
Subject: Urgent : Paypal Personal Account Update.


Dear PayPal Member,
It has come to our attention that your PayPal Billing Information records are out of date. That requires you to update the Billing Information.
Failure to update your records will result in account termination. Please update your records within 24 hours. Once you have updated your account records, your PayPal session will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Failure to update will result in cancellation of service, Terms of Service (TOS) violations or future billing problems.

You must click the link below and enter your login information on the following page to confirm your Billing Information records.

Click here to update your account

You can also confirm your Billing Information by logging into your PayPal account at

Thank you for using PayPal!
The PayPal Team

PayPal Email ID PP468
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 ( 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
Protect Your Password
You should never give your PayPal password to anyone, including PayPal employees.

This example is similar to the Update And Verify Your PayPal Account Phishing Scam. The main difference lays in the quality of the e-mail. The spelling and grammar are spot-on and the client is addressed in a more professional manner. This example poses a higher threat though, but you can still identify the request for personal (Billing) information, the false sense of urgency, the fake e-mail address not coming from but and all the links pointing to sites other than, all indicating that it is indeed a scam.

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