More often than not I get paid for my copyediting and proofreading via Paypal. Today I got a notice from their Account Review department, which I reproduce here:
We recently noticed one or more attempts to log in to your PayPal account from a foreign IP address.
If you recently accessed your account while traveling, the unusual log in attempts may have been initiated by you. However if you are the rightful holder of the account,click on the link below to log into the account and follow the instructions.
[I've intentionally omitted the link.]
If you choose not to complete the request, you give us no choice but to suspend your account temporary.
It takes at least 72 hours for the investigation in this case and we strongly recommend you to verify your account at that time.
If you received this notice and you are not the authorized account holder, please be aware that it is in violation of PayPal policy to represent oneself as an other PayPal user.Such action may also be in violation of local, national, and/or international law. PayPal is committed to assist law enforcement with any inquires related attempts to missapropriate personal information with the intent to commit fraud or theft. Information will be provided at the request or law enforcement agencies to ensure that perpetrators are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Thanks for your patience as we work together to protect your account.
PayPal Account Review Department.>>
I gave it a quick glance and decided that Paypal probably wouldn't send out email with "log in" "account,click" "we strongly recommend you to verify your account" "as an other PayPal user" "inquires related attempts to missapropriate " or "will be provided at the request or law enforcement agencies."
The link provided sent me to a page which requested all of my personal info, including SSN and credit card nos.
What makes this noteworthy is that the phishers managed to duplicate the Paypal website almost exactly. An easy trap to fall into.
As Sgt. Esterhaus used to say, "Let's be careful out there."