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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), and several Kindle ebooks.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Another email scam

Yesterday’s email coughed up this hairball of a scam:

From: service_pp23@paypal.com
Date: November 10, 2006 3:28:27 PM EST
Subject: Security Measures!
Reply-To: service_pp23@paypal.com

Dear PayPal member :

Our comprehensive fraud-prevention program is one of the key reasons PayPal is a safe way to pay online. We believe that innovation and careful analysis is the way to beat fraud. That’s why PayPal has developed industry-leading models to review every transaction—and help detect suspicious activity. Our Fraud Investigation Team has recently detect suspicious activity in your PayPal account.

In order to continue to operate the PayPal service and to reduce the risk of fraud, PayPal Corp. ("PayPal" or "we") must ask you to provide us information about yourself and your credit card and/or bank account.

To do so please follow the link below.

http://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_contact-general

We believe that innovation and careful analysis is the way to beat fraud. That’s why PayPal has developed industry-leading models to review every transaction—and help detect suspicious activity. Our Fraud Investigation Team is dedicated to creating a safe PayPal community. If we suspect fraud in your account, we’ll contact you immediately.

It wasn’t signed, but this cute little thingie was attached to the bottom:

I guess it was supposed to make me feel secure. It didn’t. I didn't dare click it.

How do I know this email was a scam?
  1. Real companies wouldn’t make a grammatical error. “Our Fraud Investigation Team has recently detect suspicious activity in your PayPal account.”
  2. I don’t have a PayPal account.
  3. I don’t have any credit cards.
Other than that. . . .

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