Email..paypal..and now Nationwide scams

#1
Unsure if this is the right forum ( mods please move if not )

Today i have recieved an email apparently from Paypal saying this.......

Dear PayPal Member,

This email confirms that you have paid WHOLESALEIPOD (sales@wholesaleipod.com) $249 USD using PayPal.

This credit card transaction will appear on your bill as "PAYPAL WHOLESALEIPOD*".


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PayPal Shopping Cart Contents

Item Name: Apple iPod Video (Black) 30GB MP3 Player
Quantity: 1

Total: $229 USD



Cart Subtotal: $229 USD
Shipping Charge: $20.00 USD
Cart Total: $249 USD


I have never had a paypal account, nor have i ever ordered an mp3 player or an Ipod or anything else.

I dont have a credit card either.

Has anyone else had an email like this? It went straight into my junk mail.

I'm confused and a bit cross. Is it a scam or a genuine thing? How can they charge a credit card or an account that i dont have??

Any idea's?

Cheers
 
#2
If you have no paypal account or credit card whats the worry????

I smell a scam.
 
#4
Cheers, I all looked very official, right down to the 'dispute the bill' part ( glad i didn't click on that bit ) :)

Oh and the address of the person who 'ordered' it apparently.
 
#5
This is just a scam to get you to log into your paypal account (if you had one) and then they get your login details as they host a site that looks like paypal but is not.
 
#6
Easy to see if it is a scam.

First line of the message.

PayPal will never send an email with the greeting "Dear PayPal User" or "Dear PayPal Member." Real PayPal emails will address you by your first and last name or the business name associated with your PayPal account. If you believe you have received a fraudulent email, please forward the entire email—including the header information—to spoof@paypal.com
Shame you binned it.
 
#7
I get emails like this bossy, know a few people that do. I do have a PayPal account and use it a fair bit, but the address that I get messages like yours is not the one that my account is with.

As Brads says its just a hack so that they can get your details to use.
 
#8
I've not binned it Steven, it went straight into my junk mail where its still sitting.

This was the header on the email.

From : PayPal <service@PayPal.com>
Reply-To : <service@PayPal.com>
Sent : 03 April 2007 11:32:12
Subject : Dispute Transaction
 
#9
The dispute link will lead to an "offical" looking Paypal site eg

www.paypal.678.com/login

Even though it has paypal in the address, the real address is 678.com

Only ever login to web site who's address you have typed in your self.

Once you have logged into the site to dispute the order the crook will have
A) your logon
B) you password

they will then thransfeer money out of you account (bank details are stored by paypal) or go on a spending spree.

This sort of scam is normally for Banks - Enter you account number and pin number.

You can report it to Paypal via their web site.
 
#10
bossyboots said:
I've not binned it Steven, it went straight into my junk mail where its still sitting.

This was the header on the email.

From : PayPal <service@PayPal.com>
Reply-To : <service@PayPal.com>
Sent : 03 April 2007 11:32:12
Subject : Dispute Transaction
And the address in the "From" field on your email app. ?
 
#11
A nice little feature in the new Microsoft browser (MSIE v.7) is an anti-phising filter.

The fake websites found in these spam emails are immediately blocked by the browser so even if you click the link you won't be able to contact to the dodgy site.
 
#12
PsyWar.Org said:
A nice little feature in the new Microsoft browser (MSIE v.7) is an anti-phising filter.

The fake websites found in these spam emails are immediately blocked by the browser so even if you click the link you won't be able to contact to the dodgy site.
Ditto Firefox
 
#13
I copied and pasted it exactly as it is shown LordVon.

Further down the email is the apparent address of the person who ordered the mp3 player. I don't have a paypal account or a credit card, so why they chose me to scam i have no idea :?
 
#14
bossyboots said:
I copied and pasted it exactly as it is shown LordVon.

Further down the email is the apparent address of the person who ordered the mp3 player. I don't have a paypal account or a credit card, so why they chose me to scam i have no idea :?
Because they send these to many random addresses, they only need a few to respond to make good money.

Peter
 
#15
I send them all to the spoof at paypal address. They very quickly confirm whether or not they are kosher. I think I must have sent about 50. All identified as bent.
 
#16
I'm glad that i didn't click on anything on the email. I've only just managed to get my eyeballs back in their sockets from when they popped at the shock of anyone paying $239 for an mp3 player. 8O
 
#18
Good grief LordVon, i hope not. I dont want to be responsible for anyones debts etc. I'll report it now, cheers.
 
#19
Look at the the link address which they ask you to sign in at, it'll be hosted somewhere like Taiwan, and won't be at paypal.com.

Either ignore it, or follow the link and fill it in with complete balls, making the password about 20 characters long and random. That'll learn them when they try and use the phished details to log in.
 
#20
Have to say that Paypal are a very dodgy offshore company anyway. My advice is to leave well alone. It runs ok until you get into a dispute. You then get emails from them written by monkeys with poor English and no intent to help. They are also, I believe, outside UK legal jurisdiction. I sold a mobile phone on Ebay that was stolen by the highest bidder. Sent by recorded delivery, signed for and he then alleged that it had not arrived. Despite me proving that this was the case Paypal gave him back his money and then billed me.

Up to you but I would not touch them with a barge pole again.
 

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