PayPaI was a phishing scam in mid 2000 which targeted account holders of the widely used Internet payment service PayPal using the fact that a capital "i" may be difficult to distinguish from a minuscule "L" in some computer fonts. PayPal sends account holders a notification email when they receive payments. Spam was sent out mimicking these payment notifications and indicating that the account holder had received a large payment and directed recipients to through a link in the message.

The site, was an exact replica of the HTML source code and images that PayPal uses on its home page. While devious, this was not particularly difficult, since the HTML and images are downloaded for display when one visits a website. The site was registered with network solutions to a Birykov in South Ural, Russia. The site was quickly shut down.

PayPal's Response

PayPal has guaranteed that no PayPal user will lose money as a result of this incident. Fact|date=February 2007 Paypal has not reported that any customers had become victims of the scam. Fact|date=February 2007

ee also

* IDN homograph attack
* [,39020375,2080344,00.htm ZDNet UK] - PayPal alert! Beware the 'PaypaI' scam

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