Full Version: Another Paypal scam

From: Barbara (RGILE) [#2]
 14 Mar 2007
To: Cody (BOBTNAILER) [#1] 15 Mar 2007

Wow! I hate to say it, but that one really scares me. I would have thought that one was ok.
Most of the time, I do not respond to anything from ebay or paypal. I go to the website to update things if necessary. Guess I am going to continue that habit.
I don't go to ebay to buy anymore, because I am a little scared to do it now that so much is going on with it.
I did have someone go in and change my password once, and it wasn't me.
That was enough for me.


From: Cody (BOBTNAILER) [#3]
 15 Mar 2007
To: Barbara (RGILE) [#2] 16 Mar 2007


You are wise to NOT do anything with the eBay and Paypal emails, and to continue to "update" things directly from their websites.

I was interested in finding two major issues when I began reading this email: #1) The threat of impending doom, and #2) The flagrant errors in grammar.

In all the emails I've gotten from the legitimate Paypal, I've never found spelling or grammatical errors. Most of these spoofs are full of them. One of the biggest red flags for me is the misuse of adverbs. I guess many people not familiar with English don't grasp the proper use of them.

Did this one worry me? Nah. The moron that wrote it gave himself away.



From: BratDawg [#4]
 16 Mar 2007
To: Cody (BOBTNAILER) [#3] 16 Mar 2007

Although I know better than to follow those links, that's one of the nice things about using Eudora as a mail program. As soon as you move your mouse over the link, it instantly pops up with a warning that the actual address is different from what is shown!

You're correct though that just looking at the grammar and/or spelling is usually enough to give it away...not to mention the greeting "Dear customer". :-)

From: Vicky (ANDERI) [#5]
 16 Mar 2007
To: BratDawg [#4] 16 Mar 2007

...not to mention the greeting "Dear customer".
Exactly. PayPal and EBay will address you by name in a legitamate e-mail. "Dear Customer" is the first sign that it's a scam. If you're using Outlook, you can hover over the link and it'll show you the true path at the bottom of the page. ;-)

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