Don’t Get Caught In A Phishing Scam!

I never thought it would happen to me, but I became the victim of a phishing scam the other day. Most phishing scams require you to click a link in a spoofed e-mail, which then takes you to a fake site that’s designed to look like the actual site.

In my case, it was quite a different scenario. I opened up IE and typed in www.paypal.com. I logged into my account, and everything looked normal. But then it redirected me to another page where it said my credit card info needed to be updated.

Since my credit card on file was expiring at the end of the month, this wasn’t a cause for concern. What did bother me was that it wanted my SSN. But because I had received an e-mail from Paypal just a few weeks ago talking about new IRS requirements for power users, I figured that was legit as well.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case at all..

A piece of malware on my computer had hijacked my browsers, and pulled off the ultimate phishing scam. As an IT professional for the past 15+ years, I couldn’t believe that this was happening to me. But as I learned, all it takes is one malicious website to potentially infect your computer with malware.

Scan your computer often and make sure everything’s clean.

Now the nightmare begins. Consider yourself warned!


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