PayPal users targeted by e-mail scam - again

Monday, 28 October 2002, 3:14 PM EST

Users of online payment service PayPal Inc. have again been targeted by scam artists trying to steal their personal data, including name, address, home and work telephone numbers and credit card information.

PayPal spokeswoman Julie Anderson said the company was notified of the spoof site yesterday morning, immediately contacted the Web host for the site and asked that it be removed. The company also plans to file a suspicious activity report with law enforcement officials.

Previously, Anderson had said spoof sites are very common. She said the scam artists probably got hold of a database and sent messages to thousands of people, hoping to hit some PayPal account holders.

"[These scams] happen often, and they happen often to successful Web sites like eBay, PayPal and other financial services sites," Anderson said last month. "Fortunately, we know from experience that PayPal users are for the most part savvy enough not to fall for them. But in the end, if they do, they are certainly not liable for any losses."

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