I’ve received an e-mail from Paypal asking for information-is this for real?

CCC and the general internet community is aware that from time to time fraudulent E-Mails are sent trying to obtain Paypal information from internet users in general and our members in particular. As a security precaution, please read the following information obtained from the official Paypal Web Site. It contains steps to insure that you are not being “hoodwinked” unknowingly by scammers.

Please use the following tips to stay safe with PayPal:

Safe Log In: To log in to your PayPal account or access the PayPal website, open a new web browser (e.g., Internet Explorer or Netscape) and type in the following: https://www.paypal.com/

Greeting: Emails from PayPal will address you by your first and last name or the business name associated with your PayPal account. Fraudulent emails often include the salutation “Dear PayPal User” or “Dear PayPal Member”.

Email Attachments: PayPal emails will never ask you to download an attachment or a software program. Attachments contained in fraudulent emails often contain viruses that may harm your computer or compromise your PayPal account.

Request for Personal Information: If we require information from you, we will notify you in an email and request that you enter the information only after you have safely and securely logged in to your PayPal account.

Often, fraudulent emails will request details such as your full name, account password, credit card number, bank account, PIN number, Social Security Number, or mother’s maiden name.

Hopefully this information can help you evaluate whether the Paypal notice sent to you was legitimate or not.

More information can be found at: Paypal Security & Protection