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PayPal Phishing attempts


Vt. State Police - 11:18 am Fri Dec 15th, 2006

State Police have recently become aware of e-mails being received appearing to have been sent by Paypal Inc.

The e-mails suggest that a purchase has been made in their name and the item is being sent to an out-of-state address. The e-mail advises to follow a link left at the bottom of the e-mail if this is a fraudulent transaction.

If you click on the link you will be directed to a third party (NOT PAYPAL) website and are asked to sign into your account, provide some information to verify you are the holder of the account, and locate the suspicious transaction in the history. There are similarities between the third party website and Paypal website making the third party website appear to be legitimate.

Be aware that any legitimate correspondence by Paypal will be directed to the account holder by name and not "Dear Sir or Madem" or some other generic form. State Police urge individuals to be conscious of ALL requests to disseminate personally identifying information. If there are questions, feel free to contact your local State Police barracks or the VT Attorney General's Office 800-649-2424.

INCIDENT: Potential Fraud
CASE #: 06B105067
TROOPER: Petersen STATION: VSP-St. Johnsbury
CONTACT#: 802-748-3111

Relevant Address(es):
Barre, VT 05641 (Set as Local)
Montpelier, VT 05602 (Set as Local)
Warren, VT 05674 (Set as Local)
Waterbury, VT 05676 (Set as Local)
St Johnsbury, VT 05819 (Set as Local)

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