Now, I have several email addresses. One that I use for "signing in'' to various sites, and is more or less ''available'' to the internet. This one receives it's fair share of spam, which is cleverly shunted into the ''Junk'' file by Thunderbird, and I rarely see it.
This email arrived at the inbox of an address that I only use for private or official business, as it has my name on it, receives very little traffic and even less spam.
Dear PayPal Member,Now, I haven't had any dealings with Paypal whatsoever, so immediately contacted my bank to ask if the transaction had been recorded. They say no (I also check transactions daily via netbank), so instructed them to flag my Credit card A/c, and inform me if there are any transactions involving Paypal or US dollars.
This email confirms that you have paid INPHONIC (firstname.lastname@example.org) $239.95 USD using PayPal.
This credit card transaction will appear on your bill as "PAYPAL INPHONIC*".
PayPal Shopping Cart Contents
Item Name: NEW MOTOROLA V3 PINK RAZR RAZOR QUAD-BAND CELL PHONE
Total: $219.95 USD
Cart Subtotal: $219.95 USD
Shipping Charge: $20.00 USD
Cart Total: $239.95 USD
Shipping Info: Richard McElroy
202 N Magnolia Dr.
Saco, ME 04072
Address Status: Unconfirmed
If you haven't authorized this charge, click the link below to cancel the payment and get a full refund.
Dispute Transaction [active link in email]
Thank you for using PayPal!
The PayPal Team
Please do not reply to this e-mail. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered. For assistance, log in to your PayPal account and choose the "Help" link in the footer of any page.
PayPal Email ID PPxxx [real number in email]
Very clever, but needless to say that i didn't click on any active links.
Very curious indeed.
Update 29-July-06: This site has valuable information regarding the various email spoofs and scams. DoShelp