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    • Zero Gravitas
    • By Zero Gravitas 10th Mar 17, 11:49 AM
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    Scam email allegedly from Paypal...
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    • 10th Mar 17, 11:49 AM
    Scam email allegedly from Paypal... 10th Mar 17 at 11:49 AM
    Just posting FYI as I had not seen this one before...

    Received this from "PayPal Payments <vqDH.mjQL@tufts.edu>"

    It was just good enough to make me think for a moment and check my actual PayPal transactions - particularly as it claims that you have bought a subscription to something... However, the "from" address is clearly nonsense, it doesn't address me by name (although my PayPal ID - redacted here - was correct). I've also redacted the "unsubscribe" link - but that was nothing to do with PayPal either:

    "Dear ,


    You sent a payment of 58.00 GBP to Google Chrome The Fast and Secure Web Browser This email confirms your purchase of the following subscription usign your PayPalID (redacted):
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Product description: 1 x Google Chrome The Fast and Secure Web Browser Unit price: 58.00 GBP
    Qty: 1
    Total price: 58.00 GBP
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    This is a subscription order and you'll be billed every month until you cancel your subscription.
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Issues with this transaction?
    You can cancel a Subscription at any time: http://I have redacted the link.com
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    You have 7 days from the date of the transaction to cancel the subscription without beeing charged.
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Yours sincerely,
    PayPal

    Please do not reply to this email. To get in touch with us, click Help & Contact.

    Copyright 1999-2017 PayPal. All rights reserved.

    PayPal (Europe) S. r.l. et Cie, S.C.A. Soci!t! en Commandite par Actions Registered Office: 22-24 Boulevard Royal L-2449, Luxembourg RCS Luxembourg B 118 349

    PayPal PPC000478:180189844d1ea"
    Last edited by Zero Gravitas; 10-03-2017 at 12:15 PM. Reason: Removing a link
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    • peter_the_piper
    • By peter_the_piper 10th Mar 17, 12:12 PM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 12:12 PM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 12:12 PM
    Can you please remove the link to redacted.com
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    • By Zero Gravitas 10th Mar 17, 12:16 PM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 12:16 PM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 12:16 PM
    Can you please remove the link to redacted.com
    Originally posted by peter_the_piper
    Done - sorry. I'd removed the original link and replaced it with "redacted". It never occurred to me that "redacted.com" actually existed... Should be clearer now.
    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 10th Mar 17, 12:47 PM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 12:47 PM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 12:47 PM
    The subject of the subscription itself should have been a big clue that this was a phishing attempt.
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    • kwikbreaks
    • By kwikbreaks 12th Mar 17, 11:31 AM
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    • 12th Mar 17, 11:31 AM
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    • 12th Mar 17, 11:31 AM
    IMO PayPal encourage phishing - they are one of the few these days that include links to their login pages in emails.
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 13th Mar 17, 5:36 AM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 5:36 AM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 5:36 AM
    I dont think ebay or paypal need to give sellers your email address. Your user ID should be more than enough for a seller.

    I use a separate email for ebay and paypal and never use then for anything else. Unlikely to get get emails from random generators also. Not impossible though just unlikely.
    So when i get spam or phishing attempts i know its someone i have dealt with. I buy a lot from China and the amount of advertising emails i get now is increasing.
    If it carries on i will just bump them to new email addresses.

    The seller gets your ID so why the need for my email? All communication should be done within ebay/paypals systems.
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    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 13th Mar 17, 7:41 AM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 7:41 AM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 7:41 AM
    I'm suddenly getting phishing emails re Paypal every other day it seems.
    • SpammyTheSpammer
    • By SpammyTheSpammer 13th Mar 17, 9:05 AM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 9:05 AM
    Hope that you forwarded it to spoof@paypal.com
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    • 13th Mar 17, 9:05 AM
    And included the email header information
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    • SpammyTheSpammer
    • By SpammyTheSpammer 13th Mar 17, 9:06 AM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 9:06 AM
    Actually onme of the more "classy" ones
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    • 13th Mar 17, 9:06 AM
    Only 1 smelling misteak-
    "You have 7 days from the date of the transaction to cancel the subscription without beeing charged"
    I am a cow so cannot speak Bullshine but I do recognise its smell when I come upon it.
    • soolin
    • By soolin 13th Mar 17, 9:12 AM
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    I dont think ebay or paypal need to give sellers your email address. Your user ID should be more than enough for a seller.

    I use a separate email for ebay and paypal and never use then for anything else. Unlikely to get get emails from random generators also. Not impossible though just unlikely.
    So when i get spam or phishing attempts i know its someone i have dealt with. I buy a lot from China and the amount of advertising emails i get now is increasing.
    If it carries on i will just bump them to new email addresses.

    The seller gets your ID so why the need for my email? All communication should be done within ebay/paypals systems.
    Originally posted by forgotmyname
    These are random though, it doesn't take a genius to set up a spam programme to send out a million emails a day to made up email addresses, most will fail as the addresses won't exist but some will get through. These are not generated from the actual companies.

    I get phishing emails all the time on supposedly 'clean' email addresses, most from companies I have no connection with or in many cases have never even heard of.

    My most irritating phishing mails currently at the Amazon ones that are arriving several times a day and will not filter into my spam net.
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    • silverwhistle
    • By silverwhistle 13th Mar 17, 9:18 AM
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    Only 1 smelling misteak-
    Originally posted by SpammyTheSpammer
    'Don't tell them, Pike.'
    • SpammyTheSpammer
    • By SpammyTheSpammer 13th Mar 17, 9:25 AM
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    I Remember reading/hearing somewhere
    that fake emails have deliberate spelling mistakes in, as this means that the less-discerning recipients will be selected.
    I am a cow so cannot speak Bullshine but I do recognise its smell when I come upon it.
    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 13th Mar 17, 7:40 PM
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    My email was about 58,too but claimed to be for a man with a very odd name (eg Marvin Ergaman ). It was sent twice, claiming he would be paid if I didn't inform them via the inevitable link. (Press 'block').


    I'm getting a lot for Viagra (even though each sender gets blocked); very inappropriate as I'm female.
    • SpammyTheSpammer
    • By SpammyTheSpammer 14th Mar 17, 7:28 AM
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    ...I'm getting a lot for Viagra (even though each sender gets blocked); very inappropriate as I'm female.
    Originally posted by teddysmum
    not sure about that as a woman.
    You can always grind it up and put it into your husbands bedtime cocoa...
    ;-)
    I am a cow so cannot speak Bullshine but I do recognise its smell when I come upon it.
    • username
    • By username 14th Mar 17, 11:31 AM
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    The way to avoid being phished and to save your time is simple. If you get one of these emails, just delete it.

    Don't take any action based upon the contents of the email, don't forward it to anyone including paypal (they must get millions of these sent to them anyway, and let's face it, criminal gangs that are behind this will just use a throwaway server) and don't click any links or open attachments.

    If you are worried about activity on your paypal account, just open your web browser, go to paypal.com and login and check from there.
    • Caroline_a
    • By Caroline_a 14th Mar 17, 2:41 PM
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    I have really high filters on my email account, so only people in my contact list make it into my inbox, everything else goes into the junk folder. I check my junk folder a couple of times a day to make sure that there isn't anything that I want to look at in it, but it's interesting that although I get proper emails from Paypal into my Inbox, the scam ones go into Junk.
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