It’s called ‘phishing’ and it is a major threat to security. Here’s the deal: don’t assume that the E-mail you get from some merchant or service, such as PayPal or eBay, is really coming from that merchant. In the past few days, I’ve gotten at least 3 emails (like the one described here) purporting to come from PayPal. Fortunately, I know better than to give my personal information to scammers.
Or at least I think I do. The scammers are getting more clever, and I’m definitely not getting smarter. So time is on their side.