4th January 2004
text and a
link to a forged
Paypal web form
Spoofed Web page/site?
forged Paypal web
page with web form
name & password,
name & address
details, credit or
debit card and ATM
PIN numbers, etc
Web page/site origin
Identity Theft method
is captured by the
scammers while you
are sent to a
Bank Email Scam
See our guide to
See our guides to
Notification of Paypal Limited Account Access - Email Scam
4th January 2004
Has your Paypal account been accessed by an unauthorised
3rd party? -
Not this time, its a scam ...
This spoof email (as eBay and Paypal like to call
these email scams) takes the form of a text email with a cloaked
link (see images below).
The email text states that there is suspicion
'that your PayPal account may have been accessed by an
unauthorized third party' and urges
you to use the link provided to restore your now limited access to
your Paypal account. This is of-course, a complete fabrication, and using the
disguised link will result in a forged
Paypal web form appearing
in your browser (see images below).
The cloaking of this link utilises
a known bug in Internet Explorer browsers which will cause the
incorrect URL to be displayed in the address bar. See our article on cloaked
links and use our Link
Checker to test links within emails or our
URL Checker to check address bar entries. While you may see
http://www.paypal.com, this is NOT the web site that you will be viewing
in this scam. The true address of that forged Paypal web form is dedicated.europe.webmatrixhosting.net/ (which
would be displayed correctly in unaffected browsers).
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This forged web form asks for several pieces of private information including
your email address and password, credit or debit card number and ATM
PIN number. Any information submitted into this form would be collected
by the scammers and used to commit acts of fraud.
If you have received this hoax email, please remember
is very common for these email scams to be redistributed at a
later date with only slightly different content or the same but with the fake
page(s) hosted by a different provider. Also, once you have received one of
these hoaxes, it is also common place to receive at least another one
and usually a day or two after the first, although not necessarily from
the same apparent sender.
Take a good look at the following images, because
this hoax email scam may be coming to an inbox near you!
The Email ...