Looks like our bank account details are not the only thing scammers are hunting these days. I don’t know if this is a new thing or not but here is an email I received today.
From: PayPal (support@PayPal.Inc.com)
Sent: Saturday, 17 May 2008 8:41:08 PM
Dear PayPal Member,
This email confirms that you have sent an eBay payment of $347.85 USD to
firstname.lastname@example.org for an eBay item.
Amount: $347.85 USD
Transaction ID: 2LC956793J776333Y
Subject: Digimax 130
If you haven’t authorized this charge ,click the link below to dispute transaction and get full refund
Dispute transaction (Encrypted Link )
PayPal automatically encrypts your confidential information
in transit from your computer to ours using the Secure
Sockets Layer protocol (SSL) with an encryption key length
of 128-bits (the highest level commercially available)
eBay User ID: scratchandgnaw2
Edward Harrell’s UNCONFIRMED Address
211 David St.
Springtown, TX 76082
Important Note: Edward Harrell has provided an Unconfirmed Address. If you are planning on shipping items to Edward Harrell, please check the Transaction Details page of this payment to find out whether you will be covered by the PayPal Seller Protection Policy.
This payment was sent using your bank account.
By using your bank account to send money, you just:
– Paid easily and securely
– Sent money faster than writing and mailing paper checks
– Paid instantly — your purchase won’t show up on bills at the end of the month.
Thanks for using your bank account!
Thank you for using PayPal!
The PayPal Team
PayPal Email ID PP118
I don’t have an account with PayPal or eBay which is how I know this is a scam. If I did have an account with PayPal this email would probably have triggered a fair bit of anxiety!
More proof that this is a scam email is the fact that the email address they have sent it to is one I never use. I didn’t give this email address to PayPal and would not have given it to them even if I did sign up with them.
If you get this email, or one like it, don’t panic and DO NOT click the link!
Since I am writing yet another blog entry on scammers I will finish off with a couple more scam emails sent to the same email address.
You don’t have to read any further if you are not interested. My primary goal in adding these to the entry is to put the scammers email addresses on the internet for email harvesting bots to collect so they will be added to spam and scam email lists.
I fantasize that the scammers will end up being on the receiving end of a scam themselves!
GET BACK TO US WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.?
From: Gala williams (email@example.com)
Sent: Saturday, 17 May 2008 11:42:08 AM
MACHESTER MX35 V55
This is to inform you that your funds of Twenty Eight Million United States Dollars (US$28,000,000.00) have been approved for immediate transfer to you. For the purpose of proper clarification, you are advised to reconfirm your:
Direct Telephone Numbers
Physical Address with Zip Code so that there will be no error during the transfer of your funds.
Your quick response will be highly appreciated. Please kindly send your reconfirmed informations to (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ST:LOUIS SECURITY AND DELIVERING COMPANY.
Gala Williams doesn’t say why he or she wants to give me 28 million dollars but Elizabeth Molingo does. It seems the scammers are now targeting people who have already been victimised. What pathetic excuses for humanity these people are. They figure those who have been suckered once are fair game for another try.
I sincerely hope the email harvesting bots grab these people’s email addresses and fill their email inboxes with so much junk they have to close the addresses down so anyone who gets their emails and is a potential victim will not be able to contact them!
2008 SCAM VICTIMS COMPENSATIONS PAYMENTS?
From: Elizabeth Molingo (email@example.com)
Sent: Monday, 12 May 2008 2:14:10 AM
UNITED NATIONS 2008 SCAM VICTIMS COMPENSATIONS PAYMENTS FROM ELIZABETH MOLINGO, STANDARD TRUST BANK COMPENSATION OFFICE/ UNITED NATIONS 2008 SCAM VICTIMS COMPENSATIONS PAYMENTS.
REF/PAYMENTS CODE: STB/06654 £2.5MILLION GREAT BRITISH POUNDS
This is to bring to your notice that we are delegated from the UNITED NATIONS Central Bank to pay 150 victims of scam £2.5MILLION GREAT BRITISH POUNDS
.You are listed and approved for this payment as one of the scammed victims to be paid this amount, get back to this office as soon as possible for the immediate payments of your £2.5MILLION GREAT BRITISH POUNDS compensations funds.
On this faithful recommendations, we want you to know that during the last U.N. meetings held at Abuja, Nigeria, it was alarming on the money lost by various individuals to the scams artists operating in syndicates all over the world today. In other to compensate victims, the UNITED NATIONS Body is now paying 150 victims £2.5MILLION GREAT BRITISH POUNDS each in accordance with the UNITED NATIONS recommendations.
Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking Systems in Nigeria, the payments are to be paid by Central Bank of Nigeria as corresponding paying bank under funding assistance by BRITISH GOVERNMENT.
Benefactors of this compensation award will have to be first cleared and recommended for payment by Standard Trust Bank Nigeria
According to the number of applicants at hand, 114 Beneficiaries has been paid, over a half of the victims are from the United States. We still have an outstanding of 36 scam victims left to be paid. Other victims who have not been contacted can submit their application as well for scrutiny and possible consideration.
We shall feed you with further modalities as soon as we get response from on how you intend receiving your compensation payment.
Send a copy of your response and payment code to the lawyer that was alleged to you.
Orange Law Chambers
Barr. Maxwell Jones (Lawyer attached to the British Embassy)
SCAMMED VICTIM/REF/PAYMENTS CODE:
STB/06654 £2.5MILLION GREAT BRITISH POUNDS
Yet another scam in the form of a job offer this time. Chances are this mob is looking for money up front or, perhaps, they just want some real people’s identities to use for their illegal activities.
From: Mr BRAVO KEN (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sent: Sunday, 4 May 2008 8:31:31 PM
Anderson Textiles Limited, is a UK textile company. We produce and distribute clothing materials such as batiks, assorted fabrics and traditional costume worldwide. We have reached big sales volume of textile materials in the Europe and now are trying to penetrate the United kingdom and America market. Quite soon we will open representative offices or authorized sales centers in the United kingdom, America and some other countries.
We are looking for
*Payment Manager Representative
IMPORTANT: You must be over 18 years of age. If you meet these conditions and wish to apply as a Payment Manager Representative.
Send URS this reference,
Position number#AZ34-768-BT2.Along with your;
(1)First Name:…………… (2)Last Name:…………….
(7)Phone Number:…………. (8)Marital Status:……….. (9)Sex……………………(10)Age:…………………
So that you can CONFIRM this Job Position Active for yourself so as we could proceed sending the Agreement to you so as if you are satisfied with it we could proceed in the Job Proper. Commission: 10% of every Payment that is cashed instantly”cash in hand” or “cash on counter” is what you get from the total cashed amount. EXAMPLE If you receive a payment of $1, 000.00 your net income is $100.00,(WHICH IS 10% ON EVERY PAYMENTS RECEIVED)our company supports any fees. You will process at least 2-3 orders per-day and you will earn more than $200.00 cash in hand each day. REMEMBER:THE MORE ORDERS YOU PROCESS- AT A FASTER THE RATE THE HIGHER YOU STAND TO EARN DAILY. I wish to hear from you soonest.
On Behalf of Anderson Corporations.
Mr BRAVO KEN
ADDRESS: Woolworth House 242-246
Marylebone Road London NW1 6JL
Come and get the email addresses email harvesting bots and do your worst! I hope these people end up on so many scam email lists their inboxes exceed capacity and overflow!