We received the email above and figured it was worth mentioning. Anyone with some web knowledge doesn’t believe for a second that this is PayPal. It’s obviously nothing but an email scam intended to lure unsuspecting users into clicking and “signing in” giving their Paypal login and password away in the process. Classic internet phishing scheme at it’s worst. Sometimes it’s less obvious. It’s easy for someone to do it without giving it much thought. However, most know that this will lure you into a fake URL intended to trick you into giving your password away.
We haven’t seen this in a while, but with the increase in data theft, including the major PlayStation Network breach that has made mainstream news, it’s something to pay attention to. Somewhere around 75 million PSN accounts and almost 25 million Sony Online Entertainment accounts exist on the networks, and any number of those could have been stolen. This means these emails can become easily obtainable by people who only want to do financial harm to others.
Most of you know this by now, but do your lesser internet-savvy friends a favor. Let them know that this is one of most common tricks in the book. With something as serious as one’s PayPal account compromised, that opens the potential for major theft. Whether this is a side-effect of the PSN breach is impossible to say at this point, but as long as our emails can be obtained by bad people (excuse the term “bad people” we try to keep our blog family-friendly), this stuff goes on.