The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

25 May 2003

Attempted thievery, Part Deux

I reported earlier this month about a lame email attempt to steal my eBay user ID and password. Now comes word from The Register that a similar scam has arisen with the intent of swiping personal information from users of eBay subsidiary PayPal. The email apparently originated in Lithuania.

I caught one minor glitch with The Register's report: they state that "one fake PayPal message spotted in the wild last month misspelled the word 'address' and included a disclaimer from the credit card company Providian, which has no link to PayPal or eBay." Actually, Providian is the issuer of a PayPal-branded Visa card, promoted heavily at the PayPal site; I cut up one of them this very afternoon.

Posted at 9:42 PM to Scams and Spams