I have been getting those emails for over a year! Every week, like clockwork.
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Those emails go the all email accounts, including those not with a paypal account. They are just fishing.
I actually get those same emails from my own business telling me that my business is going to cancel my email account if I don't update my information.
I promise not to cancel myself....LOL!!
My server is clean and well protected, so they just took my email address from somewhere and sent me back a warning...
These 'phishing' schemes are extremely common and you'll likely see them masquerading as any number of well-known institutions, eBay, Wells Fargo, Bank of American, PayPal, essentially any company that might have access to some of your money if you give away your password or account information.
No matter where the email appears to come from, the most important thing to remember is to NEVER click on a link within an email, even if you believe the email is authentic. Go to a new browser window and type in the web address you want, or select it from your own bookmarks.
These schemes work by taking you to what appears to be a legitimate site but is not. You're safer if you don't let them take you there through a link.
It'd be a good idea to change your Paypal password.
Shortly after I opened an account at AuctionSniper.com, I received notice from E-Bay that my E-Bay account had been corrupted (someone tried to use my ID to buy or sell items). After I changed the e-mail address attached to my E-Bay account, I changed my set-up information at AuctionSniper to enable E-Bay snipes. Shortly thereafter, I received phishing e-mail disguised as an official E-Bay correspondence. I now highly suspect AuctionSniper.com and I have quit using that service.
Timruh, it is not a good idea to answer any spam or fishing emails: You only
verify that they sent their email to a valid email address. This only results in
many more unwanted emails, since they can sell your email address to
The only, maybe satisfying, counteraction is to sign up the fishing email
address/spammer address to a mailing list like freeipod.com. That way THEIR
server will be flooded :-).
Good luck and hopefully this will help to keep these unwanted emails out.
I get one of those every once in a great while. I normally forward the offending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
PayPal is usually fast in getting back to me to confirm the e-mail was fradulent and to delete it without replying. They say they will investigate the sender and I normally never hear from them again.
Once I had an official looking message that turned into a completely different non-sensical message when I hit the forward button to forward it. So I used the print screen feature on my keyboard to save the e-mail I was seeing to a Word document. Then I attached it to an e-mail and sent it to email@example.com and they took it from there.
These guys can be very clever.
Restock: I've often fantasized about doing exactly what you describe - putting someone who spams me on another spammer's hit list. However, I can't figure out how to do this without exposing my e-mail address to the second spammer. Can I access a site like your example, freeipod.com, without increasing my own spam exposure?