This morning I got a overtly scam filled email ostensibly from pay pal.
It started with a threat - "you must confirm your account before we delete it,"
...then, as if I'm retarded, it said, "don't show this link to any body."
The email was from "email@example.com"
PLEASE NOTE payPEL.com - we do not have accounts with anything called PAY PEL!
I don't know where to report this...any ideas?
In any advent, I've not had my coffee...you can kindly imagine that I replied in a kindly manner...but you would be rather wrong, as I used every four letter word that I know of, and insisted that their mother was a hideous puss laden goat, and not a woman.
Below, I'll show you a copy paste job...but in any event, I wanted people to know about the scam
We need your help
Dear PayPal User,
You Must Confirm Your PayPal Account Before we Delete it
To Confirm Your Paypal Account Please Login To Your PayPal Link And Write Your Persenol And Card information
Your Link :http://www.paypal.com.rga.com.mx/us/gs/cgi-bin/security/
Dont Give That Link To Any Body
Case ID Number: PP-001-230-377-124
How you can help To Not Confirm It Again
It's usually pretty easy to take care of things like this. Most of the
time, we just need a little more information about your account or latest
To help us with this and to see what you can and can't do with your account
until the issue is resolved, log in to your account and go to the
Deborah is on it Todd, Years ago I had to get a paypal acct. for ebay and it pissed me off at the time but I've found paypal to be very useful and straight up. The fees are another subject but their protection against screwed up transactions is killer, again not perfect (because of the time factor) but always helpful.
I love pay pal, Tom!!!!!!!
I just give it all to my Mother to pay for all my food, beer, etc...er....I mean, some of it.
No chance to pay all of that back just yet, if ever.
Speaking of...it's not too early for light beer, is it?
I have received a few of these very emails. My first clue that it is another SCAM/SPAM...was that when I received the first "alert," I didn't HAVE a PayPal account. ahhhhh Duh!!! Delete them and move on, however many times it teakes.
Well it really bothered me because I'd never got one before, and had I been even a little bit less awake I might have clicked the damned link and given them my login.
I really did tell whoever that their mother was a puss filled goat....I thought that was pretty kewl!
Wesman....."kewl," indeed. These low-lifes who have absolutely nothing at all going on in their sorry-ass lives, deserve any bit of animosity thrown at them. Get a life....do something useful....help your fellowman......OR please do yourself and us a favor and drink anti-freeze. Thank you.
This is true. I got the same email this morning. It didn't alarm me though because the scammer sent it to my other email add.
I get these all the time.
The last one I got said I had made a purchase to Avg (a free virus scan program). It said if you didn't please let us know.
Never click on links always go stright to paypal and sign in.
You sent a payment of 70.00 USD to AVG Inc .
This charge will appear on your credit card statement as payment to PAYPAL *AVGANTIVIRS
You sent a payment of 70.00 USD to AVG Inc .
This charge will appear on your credit card statement as payment to PAYPAL *AVGANTIVIRS
Unit price Qty Amount
AVG Anti-Virus 2012 35.00 USD 2 35.00 USD
Shipping and handling Insurance - optional
0.00 USD 0.00 USD Tax 0.00 USD Total 70.00 USD
Do you confirm this payment?
If this payment was not made by you please immediately take the following steps:
* Login to your account by clicking on the link below :
* Provide requested information to ensure you are the owner of the account
* After you did the previous steps the order will be cancelled.
* We will refund your money to you and the payment will deleted from transactions history.
Please do not reply to this email because we are not monitoring this inbox.
PayPal Email ID PP513
Thanks for posting this alert. We sure need to be more careful.
I want this site:
shut down, and the persons running it hanged.
I'm wondering though, how did they ever get these emails? Were they able to hack paypal or something?
The best (of many) lessons here is to always deal with email spam before drinking your coffee. As Wesman Todd Shaw's brilliant response makes clear,
then you will be
a) more naturally alert (on top of your mental game but not wired on caffeine)
b) more observant (to catch those tricky spelling errors like persenol)
c) way more verbally astute in your retorts
I have often wondered what kind of person perpetrates these kinds of ridiculous and pathetic emails. Now we know the truth. They are not human at all, but the spawn of pus laden goat mothers!
Thank you for this extremely helpful post!
I'm going the extra mile....I'm filing a report with the FTC right effing now!!!!!!
That's an important step.
Can you post a link to the FTC fraud department?
Maybe you should write a hub on this!??
While you're still fuming.
Here is the FTC complaint form:
https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/F … px?Lang=en
I think that I wound up (due to FTC prompting) filing complaints with a different but related international organization.
I hope it all got recorded correctly.
Here is what is in my inbox:
Your reference # is 36007667.
You have submitted a complaint via the online complaint form at econsumer.gov and it has been entered into our complaint database. You can access it to update or correct it by contacting us and identifying your complaint by its reference number.
What to Expect Next:
The participating enforcement agencies will use the information in your complaint to spot new trends, uncover new scams, and target suspect companies and individuals for law enforcement actions. It may help to ensure that others are not victimized in the way that you have been. You should know that submitting a complaint to this system WILL NOT necessarily trigger an obligation for any participating agency to investigate your complaint on your behalf.
In addition to reporting your complaint to consumer protection agencies, you may want to consider ways that you can try to resolve your complaint. Visit econsumer.gov for more information on ways to resolve your complaint.
Thank you for letting us know about this so that we will be aware!!
I got one similar about two years ago. When I phoned paypal about it they saqid to ignore it, but to always report to them. This guy wanted me to give him my paypal passport.
There are a lot of "scam artists" on the internet. You can't be too careful.
I'm only making money online...so in effect, this was someone trying to steal my entire livelihood!
I might contact them again, and suggest which grade of rope should be used to hang themselves.
I have had several variants of this scam letter. As a rule of thumb I drop it into the phishing scam folder on hotmail.
Paypal and similar secure sites will 'Never' send an email, with your account number or details visible.
Nor will they ask you to log in from an email, unless it is to confirm that you are who you say you are.
I know that sounds backwards but only you would have received that particular 'secure' email. It will have a little green padlock on it.
Thanks for sharing. There are plenty of crooks out there.
It is so damned horrible that (most likely) somebody somewhere has had their entire account drained due to this son or daughter of a puss filled goat that a coyote is too good to feed on the dead flesh of.
(do I sound hateful....I mean it!)
HI Wes, Now that is the way to rant. I like it lol
'son or daughter of a puss filled goat that a coyote is too good to feed on the dead flesh of.'
lol you made me smile, thanks.
This happened to me and created a nightmare and many trips to bank plus delay of income. Be very careful when clicking on email links, even if email looks legit.
I get an email from Pay-Pal about every two weeks saying someone has hacked into my account. I wrote to them and asked why I was always getting these emails - they never answered back. They say they are so secure. I rarely use Pay-Pal - only in here and I have not had a payment go to it yet so I can't figure out why my account is so interesting that I should get hacked so many times.
Hello again Wes,
Let me relate a little episode. An organisation calling itself PC Helpdesk phoned me some time ago to say they had detected problems on my Internet server. He claimed to be acting on behalf of 'Windows' and that they had outsourced the business to India (but said another time he was calling from the US) I wondered how he knew about me having problems, but let this character (who called himself Edward, but had a definite Indian accent) do a scan after following some phone directions. He followed procedures that seemed harmless to me and reported afterward that I had problems and that his firm could deal witn them over a year. I paid a fee by card and had no problems for a while. He called again to renew the subscription but it was less than a year letter. He then asked if I had a Paypal account and to enter into it on the grounds he would reimburse me on an overpayment I had made. I opened my Paypal account and on going back to it later found he had changed the password and 'authorised' payment to a third party. I e-mailed Paypal to alert them to the scam and then phoned my bank. I had my card cancelled but the payment still went through days later. I was told it was a Direct Debit, and answered that I had not authorised it. The payment to the third party was cancelled and my bank account was reimbursed. The man 'Edward' phoned again and when I asked for an apology he couldn't bring himself to apologise and mumbled something. I put the receiver down and he hasn't been back to me since. I was probably 'green' before, but I learn quickly enough.
PayPal's security is normally pretty good. I called them toll free after they reminded me a couple times about my account possibly being compromised. Couldn't use a cell phone only a landline phone, so they went through a checklist for verification with me to make sure I was me.
I have had paypal for about 10 years and there have always been the fake paypal emails. The best thing to do with them is DELETE. I have never had my account hacked. They are just like all the other spam emails they send them to everyone everywhere just hoping to get someone who doesn't know any better. The real paypal email addresses you by your name where as the spams do not.
But do you know that the e-mails actually are from PayPal? Spam artists can copy a logo and create an e-mail that sounds semi-official, and then send it out to anyone-and-everyone just to see who will respond. They don't have to know that the recipient has a PayPal account. (just as cutesastuffa wrote)
In fact, I received numbers of these before I ever did have a PayPal account. That made it a lot easier to know that they were spam-hacking-phishing e-mails, LOL!
I had FIVE "critical threats" on my computer today...according to my very good anti spyware program.
I'm about positive that they all came from the fake pay pal site, as I'd visited the site several times to go fetch the link to report it to e commerce, the real pay pal, etc.
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