By Manzanillo Sun Writer from the December 2013 Edition
I recently received this email, so I am sure you may have received similar types of requests. If you have, do not, I repeat, do not respond. Paypal or your bank, or any other reputable institution will contact you this way. This type of message is commonly called “social engineering” designed to scare you into providing personal information, that will allow them access to you accounts. If you have concerns about your account, contact the company direct.
“Dear Valued Member,
You have added email@example.com as a new email address for your PayPal account.
If you did not authorize this change, check with family members and others who may have access to your account. If you still feel that an un-authorized person has changed your email, download the form attachment in this email and fill in your personal details in the form in order to keep your original email and to restore your PayPal account.
Please do understand that this is a security measure intended to help protect you and your account.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Last Friday, I received two calls from someone claiming to be from the Microsoft company and the Windows company. Both callers wanted me to type in a link to non-Microsoft domains ( I believe one was abbyy.com). They were very persistent, telling me that my Windows computer has many junk files. Even when I told them I was using an Apple OSX computer, they persisted. Be very careful, if you receive one of these calls, never go to the sites they give you. If you do, they will get access to your computer. My best advice hangup!
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