5 May 2009
This is the first time I've written 2 blog entries in the same day, but I just got a scam email from PayPal which I thought I should warn people about.
The email I received was a PayPal receipt saying that I had spent 100 GBP to a company called Play and Connect Ltd.
I have not spent any money from my PayPal account since I opened it, but it still shook me a bit.
I use Mozilla's Thunderbird email client, and that flagged it as maybe being a scam email, so that made me hesitate straight away.
There is a link in the email to cancel the transaction, which when looking - the website link shown to us looks ok, but hover the mouse over the link and you will see that the link is quite different and actually doesn't even go to the PayPal website.
Another trigger that give it away as being a PayPal scam was the email address that the email came from - email@example.com - The domain name isn't paypals at all, it's paypal.
Play and Connect Ltd's PayPal email address is apparently firstname.lastname@example.org and so be weary of accepting anything from this email address, as if one thing is a scam then you may well get another scam from the same email address (email@example.com).
The product that I had supposedly bought from Play and Connect Ltd costing 100 GBP was called:
Item number 103 , uid: 1400473058 , uid2:
Other than me knowing that I hadn't bought anything with my PayPal account the email actually looks pretty legit and I'm guessing has probably caught a lot of people out already.
At a guess, clicking the "cancel transaction" link will take the user to a page, looking much the same as PayPal, and will then ask you to login.
Logging in will then provide the scam people with your PayPal username and password and then they will steal your money.
I hope this warning reaches you all in time!
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