Monday, October 8, 2007

PayPal Phishing Scam Warning

Security firm F-Secure is warning of a PayPal phishing scam in circulation that seeks to steal your personal information.

A fake website, which is designed to look like PayPal, was registered three weeks ago to someone using the name Asger Trier Bing, from Copenhagen, and the site is hosted in Denmark.

With the domain name, F-Secure describes the scam as being "old school" in its approach. When you visit the site you are asked to input some details, then it takes you to another webpage for some "additional security checks", which include questions about your parents' full names and bank card PIN.

"It is quite astonishing if anybody would be gullible enough to go through the full form and type in all the required information. Like your email password? Your father's day of birth? Your PIN number? Then again... someone will fall for this. Someone always does," said F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen.