Account phishing attempt should i be worried?

gussrtk

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I know this is not the right section, but i also don't see where to post it. sorry.

So i've got an e-mail, from paypal, saying that there has been a charge made to my account. It all looked fairly legit.... Then at the bottom there was a link to click, IF YOU DID NOT MAKE THIS PURCHASE PLEASE ADVISE US, along those lines. It brought me to a website, right away I saw that the website was NOT secure, and my email was not saved as usual.

I did not "log in". Should I be worried about anything just by clicking the link?
 

gussrtk

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alright.

Well, I assume that since I did NOT enter any information into the provided link that I should be okay in that sense? (was doing a little bit of research on that)
 

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I just put up AVG, it's got a 30day trial on full version, Meaning, antivirus/Malware scan. Found 5 threats.

Malsign x2
Trojan

Fun thing is that the file origins are from the backups that I made a few days ago from my old hard drives.
 

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To be sure, you could run a malware scan on the computer and make sure nothing was able to sneak in. Malwarebytes or Trendmicro's Housecall are good for that.
 

gussrtk

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thanks, I was looking for where to report it
 

gussrtk

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I had just reinstalled and basically reworked my system to bring it up to speed lets say, Haven't even gotten to any programs for anti-virus/malware, wasn't in a hurry since I havent had any issues in the past.. but yeah.. It takes the one time
 

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Whenever I get something from eBay or Paypal, I never use a link in the email and go directly to the website itself and see if anything is going on with my account. 99% of the time it has been a scam attempt and I submitted the email to them. There was 1 time that it was a legit email though. Easiest way to spot a scam is that Paypal will always start the message by using your full name and never "valued customer" or some other garbage.
 

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Sounds phishy to me. Any email that prompts you to click an included link and then log-on is considered a no-no. This being done now, however, at least you haven't compounded the matter by giving them your password through their log-in. If you're worried about your Paypal account, log in through the Paypal website portal and have a look at you purchases. If you see anything sinister, you could then contact Paypal and ask them to take a look.
 

gussrtk

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hmmm thanks!

would you say there is anything else I could do to ensure my information is safe?

Actions Taken:

AVG Deep system scan + AVG has now locked my browser in it's service.
Did NOT enter information on the link.
Reported the Attempt to the email you gave me
 

gussrtk

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alright, thanks for the help everyone :)

I picked that response as a solution because it provided some valuable information that could help others if they see it :)
 

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Just to be safe you could change your email and Paypal passwords. This is a good idea to do regularly, but in this case, it can't hurt. I change mine about every 2 months.
 
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