You've got paypal money the scam message said

A message from PayPal but really a phishing attempt

I had a message in my email inbox today that was just what I wanted to hear. "You´ve got money!" it said. Now being a bit short right now, just like a lot of people in this ongoing recession, naturally it was wonderful news, and possible too seeing as I have several items for sale on Amazon.com.

Wonderful, I thought. Someone has bought something I have up for sale, or maybe some kind person wants to give me a donation.

The email alert looked as if it was from PayPal. It said:

"Just thought you'd like to know David Rocks sent you $835.00 USD.

Don't see the money in your account?

Don’t worry - sometimes it just takes a few minutes for it to show up.

Yours sincerely,

PayPal"

Paypal HQ

English: PayPal Headquarters Source http://consumerist.com/consumer/leaks/302-phone-numbers-to-reach-a-human-at-paypal-307621.php Author: Michael Sauers
English: PayPal Headquarters Source http://consumerist.com/consumer/leaks/302-phone-numbers-to-reach-a-human-at-paypal-307621.php Author: Michael Sauers

Spoof@paypal to check suspicious messages

Now, of course, my hopes were raised and I felt excited that maybe, just maybe, I really did have some much-needed money. I noticed there were two options for clicking on, which were labelled "Get the details" and "Transaction ID" followed by some numbers.

Fortunately the sceptical and paranoid side of me kicked into action and warning bells started ringing., especially when I looked the name of the person who had supposedly made this payment to me and the large sum he had given.

For a start I don't know anyone called Dave Rocks and I really couldn't imagine anyone wanting to give me all that money!

I thought that just in case though it would at least be worth looking in my PayPal account. I did so and found that nothing more had been added to my account.

This mail is fraudulent I concluded. It is a hoax that is intended to get me to click on one of the links in an effort to find out what the details were and to see the "transaction."

I was glad I hadn't done so and thought I would send it to spoof@paypal to see what the real site has to say. This is what the real

PayPal reply said:

"Thanks for forwarding that suspicious-looking email. You're right - it
was a phishing attempt, and we're working on stopping the fraud. By
reporting the problem, you've made a difference!

Identity thieves try to trick you into revealing your password or other
personal information through phishing emails and fake websites. To learn
more about online safety, click "Security Center" on any PayPal webpage.


Every email counts. When you forward suspicious-looking emails to
spoof@paypal.com, you help keep yourself and others safe from identity
theft.

Your account security is very important to us, so we appreciate your
extra effort.

Thanks,

PayPal"

So there we have it: it was an attempt at "phishing" which means that the crooks behind this were hoping to get my password and log-in details. They failed because I knew about such fraudulent schemes and also knew where to report it.

Unfortunately I haven't really got money from this but maybe, just maybe I will make a bit more here by sharing my story with you all?

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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

Dang Bard,I was excited for you! Oh Yea. I know how much material you publish, and I am trying to follow the veterans, in production and quality...thinking 6 more months...I'll get some Money too! Well, if David Rocks hollars I will turn him in too. Perhaps tomorrow, your bank account will mysteriously Fill to the Top. Luck to you!


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Lilly! I hope it does!


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justom 6 years ago from 41042

I don't think I'd trust in a guy named Dave Rocks even if he was legit. Just don't sound right. Peace!! **I always report that crap too, for what it's worth, I'm not sure if it changes anything. Tom


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zzron 6 years ago from Houston, TX.

Very informative, thanks brother.


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SEM Pro 6 years ago from North America

Aww :( So sad that in tough times, some have so little compassion and empathy, they attempt to take whatever they can get away with from others... Latest email scam seems to be a string of "ladies" claiming to be held captive in Rwanda, needing money to escape. The thieves cry wolf - - - the voices of those truly in need echoes unheard...


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sarmack 6 years ago from Washington

Good Job! Hope they catch the culprit!


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks for your comments, Tom, zzron, SEM Pro and Sarmack!


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I get emails which are from my bank or other institution. I figure they are not going to make transactions by email but I might go directly to the institutions website to see if anything is going on.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

The bank ones I have had in the past too but my spam filter seems to be getting those now!


kkalmes 6 years ago

thanx Bard, I have spent the past 2 weeks chasing trojan horses stampeding through not one, but two computers and it really is such a huge waste of time and energy. Have now re-formatted one of the computers and reloaded everything that could be salvaged. I hate these p?]$@#heads.

I now have speed that had diminished to a crawl and security that detects the proverbial needle in a haystack, but I have lost a lot of material and it really pisses me off.

The virus took over my security systems and kept trying to get me to download Antivir Solutions Pro - a black hole for porn sites, which I do not visit.

thanx for the paypal heads up...


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks for posting and sorry to hear of your recent problems, KKalmes!


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David 470 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

I really hate those phishing scams. I had one on eBay, but it was because I had viruses on my laptop. Great hub!


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, David!


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Wendy Krick 6 years ago from Maryland

I make it a point to never click any link sent to me in an e-mail. I'm glad you were cautious.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you for posting, Wendy! I am glad to hear that you are very careful too!


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia

Thieves are everywhere, Bard! But the legal ones are still the worst! But if you will send me your paypal ID I can find this guy for you! No need to thank me, glad to do it! LOL!


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks for posting, Randy! Paypal had the details so maybe they will track him down! I don't care as long as my account stays safe which it has!


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E M Smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Thanks for the warning


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

You are welcome, EM!


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mquee 5 years ago from Columbia, SC

I have a paypal account, glad I ran across this hub. Thanks for sharing.


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank YOU for posting a comment!


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MITB 5 years ago

This just happen to me today, got a email saying "I've Got Money" from Paypal. Instead of clicking the link in the email to view more details. I login my Paypal account directly but sure enough there was money sitting in my account.

Here's the scary part, not even 5 mins later I was charged $70 worth of "Facebook Credits", submitted a ticket because I never authorized such a transaction. Forward the email to Paypal Spoof and got the same reply stating it was a phishing attempt.

My dispute of the unauthorized transaction is still pending as I type and guess what... just received another "I've Got Money" email... It's going to be a long day today!!!


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Very sorry to hear it! We all have to be very careful these days!


A Happy Person 5 years ago

Yes this helped me out greatly. You saved me from sending out my iPod to nigeria and losing 325 dollars. I appreciate this greatly kind sir

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