Fake Paypal

Received an email from Paypal today saying that my account has been used for a purchase I did not make. The email goes like this:
<blockquote>Fraud Alert ID : 0026654
You have recieve this email because you or someone had tried to used your paypal account at Below is the detail about the transaction made:
Transaction site :
Order ID : FMO12446465
Amount : $850
Date : Fri, 19 Dec 2003 20:41:09 +1100
To confirm or decline this transaction, please follow the link provide below. Please save the fraud alert id for your reference.
Your account will be block after 2 days you recieve this email if we didnt get comfirmation from you. Do not reply as this is a notification only.
Thanks for using PayPal!
Copyright© 2005 PayPal Inc. All rights reserved. Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners.</blockquote>
Of course the beautiful thing is when you click on the paypal link, it brings you to, a perfect paypal-lookalike site, but whose URL does not start with Paypal. Being sleepy and forgetful, I key in a wrong password but get "in" anyway. The page asks for your information: your name, address, credit card number.
Anytime anyone asks you for your credit card number. Please have the alarm bells go off. If you have a Paypal account, they already have your number.
If you received this email, please do <strong>NOT</strong> respond or give your information. Don't even use your real Paypal password to log in. I'm pretty sure that too is being tracked.

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