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ihrsetrdr

Señor Senior Member
Joined
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Location
Close to the San Andreas Fault
:unsure::bang head This morning I got a disturbing email stating that my PP account would be billed $265.79 for- Item name:BITCOIN

Dear Member,

Thank You for choosing Paypal for placing your Order BITCOIN.

Your order has been successfully placed.

The Payment will be shown within next 5 to 10 hours on PAYPAL.

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Memo Id : GNIH#255CGS

Item Name : BITCOIN

Order Placed Date : 16/O6/2022

Price : 265.79 USD

Mode of payment : Paypal

If you Wish to Cancel then please feel free to contact our Billing
Department as soon as Possible.

You can reach us on +1 (8 8 8) - (8 3 2) - (1 8 4 1)


Regards,

Paypal Billing Department

Not wanting any trouble with my money, I called Paypal in the hopes of taking preemptive action. Of course had to play their AI's silly games, then was invited to either return to the Main Menu or be disconnected. I asked for "representative" and promptly got the 'hung-up-on' tone. :bang head

I googled "Thank You for choosing Paypal for placing your Order BITCOIN" and got numerous results pointing to this being a simple spoof. I'm not sure what the point is, their was no clickable link in the email, maybe they just wanted to screw up my mood....:unsure:
 
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EarthDog

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Phishing/spam.

Who is the email 'from'? A full image of the email with the headers is more informational than a copy paste.:)

What's the attachment?

Curious.. did you call the number in the email or paypal?
 
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ihrsetrdr

ihrsetrdr

Señor Senior Member
Joined
May 17, 2005
Location
Close to the San Andreas Fault
Phishing/spam.

Who is the email 'from'? A full image of the email with the headers is more informational than a copy paste.:)

What's the attachment?

Curious.. did you call the number in the email or paypal?
I just noticed an attachment in my first post, not sure what that was, deleted.

I did not call the number in the email, I found PP's # off their website.

Here is a full image of the original Message,(I edited out my own email addy)... might not be readable so a copy paste follows:

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Thu, 16 Jun 2022 07:02:38 -0700 (PDT)
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MIME-Version: 1.0
From: pay pal <[email protected]>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2022 06:25:10 -0700
Message-ID: <[email protected]om>
Subject: Thank you for your purchase
To: [email protected]
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8"
Bcc: a***********[email protected]

Dear Member,

Thank You for choosing Paypal for placing your Order BITCOIN.

Your order has been successfully placed.

The Payment will be shown within next 5 to 10 hours on PAYPAL.

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Memo Id : GNIH#255CGS

Item Name : BITCOIN

Order Placed Date : 16/O6/2022

Price : 265.79 USD

Mode of payment : Paypal

If you Wish to Cancel then please feel free to contact our Billing
Department as soon as Possible.

You can reach us on +1 (8 8 8) - (8 3 2) - (1 8 4 1)


Regards,

Paypal Billing Department
"
 

EarthDog

Gulper Nozzle Co-Owner
Joined
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Location
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"From: pay pal help paypalhelp######@GMAIL.COM"

PayPal isn't a Gmail.... among other things that stick out.
 

Niku-Sama

Member
Joined
Jan 13, 2005
i get these all the time, something similar each time.
i've noticed legit pay pal emails have you actual name in them, scammers just say member.
also that O (oh) instead of 0 (zero) partly down the message is a pretty decent giveaway.

i wouldnt worry about it, just block it and report as spam and move on with life.

if some one is going to try and get into your pay pal account they arent going to send you an email about it.
i had that happen too, some how some one managed to try to debit my pay pal account for the exact amount i had in my linked bank account but it was denied because, one it needed confirmation from me which they never got and since it was a suspicious transaction the pay pal account got locked till i did the hoops to get it unlocked. This was about 15 years ago now though
 

EarthDog

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Location
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Yep. Obvious is obvious. Automata made a great point... to check and keep an eye on your PayPal account.
 
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ihrsetrdr

ihrsetrdr

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Joined
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Location
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Yet another spoof email today, more alleged Bitcoin purchases through PP. How weird, Gmail does a remarkable job of filtering out spam & garbage emails that when some does sneak into my Inbox it's conspicuous.

Probably just a co-incidence, but the spoof showed up around the time a couple [legitimate]automatic Paypal payments occur....
 

BugFreak

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Location
Central FL
I'm sure if someone calls that number they will ask for account info confirmation and/or CC info. Also they get your contact information which will be needed to change account contact info once they are in. We see these type of fake emails in the financial industry all the time. Clients call them thinking its their bank and gladly give their login info.
 

don256us

Uber Folding Senior
Joined
Jul 17, 2003
If it wasn't profitable, they wouldn't do it. PayPal is an easy choice as there are 10's of millions of users. Bitcoin because everyone is talking about it. Two things that they are hoping will trick you into calling them. By having you call them, they have vetted thier "mark" to some degree. The minority of callers will just call to mess around with the phishers. The vast majority of callers will have some buy-in already as they read the email and believe that they have a problem and a number for the solution.

Social engineering.

They send out several millions of these emails in hopes that it will be coincidental enough or believable enough to get you to call. I doubt that it's any more complicated than that. They only need a very small fraction of recipients to call for them to make bank.