A Really Bad Spam

There are spams and spams and there’s a really bad spam. This one is an example of a bad one.

Subject: PayPal Security Measures!

Dear PayPal Member,
Your account has been randomly flagged in our system as a part of our routine security measures. This is a must to ensure that only you have access and use of your Paypal account and to ensure a safe PayPal experience.

We require all flagged accounts to verify their information on file with us. To verify your information at this time, please visit our secure server webform by clicking the hyperlink below:

Click here to verify your Information.

I must admit that this got me worried because I happen to have a Paypal account. And the mail is very believable and straightforward. Thank God for Gmail who flagged this spam with this red alert:

Ooops, that’s hard to read but this is what it says:

Warning: This message may not be from whom it claims to be. Beware of following any links in it or of providing the sender with any personal information.

True enough. Although the spammer pretended to be from Paypal (PayPal Security Center daw) he used a generic email (webmaster@info.com) which is different from the usual Paypal notification sender (@paypal.com).

Now, why is this a really bad spam? Because it threatens our finances. Imagine if you were sucked into it and gave out your Paypal information. You can kiss your Paypal money goodbye.

Well played, spammer, well played. May you burn in hell for the people you’ve fooled.

6 thoughts on “A Really Bad Spam”

  1. These phishers must get people who inadvertently get fooled by it. Otherwise, they would’ve stopped long ago. I never click on any email link asking me to “verify” my account info. If I need to do so, I go directly to the website of paypal or what-have-you, not through an email.

  2. No compassion whatsoever for anyone who fall in this trap. It’s your own money and no one’s business to dig into your finances, let alone transaction is thru the Internet. If your computer has no DELETE key, have someone install it.
    Cheers to all and goodhealth also!

  3. Oooppps, papansin sana kay TB e, I forgot to add. Eerrr nice to read from you again Trublue!

  4. Hi Wil,
    Yup with the millions of scam mails they send out, I think there will be someone who will be fooled.

    That’s what I also did, I visited paypal to see whether there are any announcements of this kind, eh wala naman. Thanks 🙂

    Hi Trublue,
    I think some people in Bontoc lost money because of questionable internet investments.

    Good advice regarding the DELETE key 🙂

    Hi Djin,
    Ako din, I direct it to the trash but I read them now to look for something to put on this blog hehe.

    Hi Lovelyn,
    They’re kind of creative in a way ano? And the crazy thing is that they really do manage to get some money out of poor suckers. Thanks.

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