Today, I received an e-mail message saying that my Pay Pal account would “expire” in five days if I don’t “update my account information” by downloading and running an executable program called “www.paypal.com.scr”, which was attached to the e-mail message.
I thought that this e-mail message sounded very suspicious because (1) Pay Pal accounts are supposed to never expire, and (2) if I really did have to “update my account information”, then I should only need to fill out an online form. I shouldn’t need to download and then run an executable program.
Also, the e-mail had a few slight grammatical errors, which means that it was probably written by a non-native English speaker, which seemed very suspicious because Pay Pal is an American company.
So I used the Yahoo virus checker without downloading the attached software, and I found out that the attachment contained the virus called “W32.Mimail.I@mm”.
So if anyone gets any e-mail messages saying that their Pay Pal account will “expire” if they don’t download and run an attached program, they should delete the e-mail and do not download the attached program.
Here is the complete text of the e-mail message. (Don’t worry. This text does not contain the virus!)
Dear PayPal member,
PayPal would like to inform you about some important information regarding your PayPal account. This account will be expiring within five business days. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause, but this is occurring because all of our customers are required to update their account settings with their personal information.
We are taking these actions because we are implementing a new security policy on our website to insure everyone’s absolute privacy. To avoid any interruption in PayPal services, then you will need to run the application that we have sent with this email (see attachment) and follow the instructions. Please do not send your personal information through email, as it will not be as secure.
IMPORTANT! If you do not update your information with our secure application within the next five business days, then we will be forced to deactivate your account and you will not be able to use your PayPal account any longer. It is strongly recommended that you take a few minutes out of your busy day and complete this now.
DO NOT REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE VIA EMAIL! This mail is sent by an automated message system and the reply will not be received.
Thank you for using PayPal.