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PayPal accidentally sends emails telling users they’ve won €500

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Goal Line Technology, Jun 7, 2013.

  1. Goal Line Technology

    Goal Line Technology Senior Member

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    Some PayPal users have received emails informing them that they have won ?500 that just needs to be retrieved by logging into their account.

    However, there is no cash as the email was sent by mistake.

    While many people would assume the email is a phishing attempt designed to get them to click a link that will harvest their precious username and password information,
    in this case they?d be wrong, although phishing scams and highly-visible payment processors like PayPal go hand-in-hand....



    read all about it........
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    http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/06/07/paypal-accidentally-sends-out-emails-telling-users-theyve-won-500-but-they-havent/
     
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    SpookSEO Senior Member

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    This happens a lot with PayPal. There have been numerous incidences wherein people receive false emails from them. We can avoid these phishing scams though. We should immediately report it to PayPal and we shouldn't click or download anything, especially if it's suspicious. Based on these numerous incidences, people should now be aware on how to identify or suspect if it's a phishing scam.
     
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    if you two read the article you would find out that paypal did send the emails and it isn't a phishing attempt.

    paypal germany have confirmed the emails were a mistake

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    https://www.facebook.com/PayPalDeutschland
    
     
  5. Goal Line Technology

    Goal Line Technology Senior Member

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    what is/was wrong with the link?
    i will delete it if it is somewhat dubious.....
    although the story is now a reality, thats why it has hit many newswires.
     
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    Fanning the flames of confusion around whether it was an error on PayPal's part or the actions of a fraudster was the fact that there is an official PayPal competition in Germany that is currently handing out €500 to 10 people each day, providing they have used the service to pay for something in the same week. As the news began to hit Twitter, many users assumed it was, and reported it as, a phishing attempt.
    However, Google+ user and German software designer Tim Weber also received the email and quickly spotted that while it contains SPF fails (Sender Policy Framework - essentially a way to prevent spam and spoofing) all the links seem to point to legitimate addresses and the email appeared to contain no phishing links. He also noted that it was sent to his correct email address, using the correct name, and as a result decided he was "99 percent sure this isn't a phishing email". It seems he was correct.
     
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    On the PayPal Germany Facebook site people write that they want to file a suit if PayPal doesn't pay the amount. They appoint to § 661a of German Civil Code that basically says "A company making the promise that a person won something has to fulfill this promise". PayPal lawyers will find a loophole anyway, but I would laugh my ass off if they would need to pay it.
     
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    Hahaha :'D brilliant! Wouldn't that be a treat?
     
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    I am gonna do every non german speaking person a favor here and just translate what paypal germany posted on facebook:

    On the day 07.06.2013 a few of PayPal costumers got a message with the information that they won at a sweepstake ("Willste? Kriegste!") for transactions done in the time of 27.05. - 31.05.2013. Unfortunately this email got sent because of a technical misstake. We want to apologize for that.

    The drawing didn´t took place yet. We are currently in the progress of determing transactions which qualified for the sweepstake. After that task we are going to have drawing and the winners will get informed in a seperate email.
     
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    Thats really crazy as i never saw like that by paypal team.