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The company has real clients and income stream. (Email Spam)

Monday, April 28th, 2008

I know who I'm investing in…


[Begin Email]

From: "veforipy45606" <veforipy45606@hotmail.com>
To: 2santafe@microdsi.net
Subject: The company has real clients and income stream.
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2008 10:28:33 -0400

We have not said much in the last few weeks. We have not seen anything
of intrest. This one looks like it will be strong and steady mover.
With the new company Leadership and up and comming contracts. We feel
comforatble to bring QRVI to you.

Not all our picks will do as our last few with all climbing over 100%
in the first 5 days after our pick. But we do expect big things from
this Company.

Please take the time to do your research on this Company. Everything we
found looks like it will breakout anytime. The recent new is good but
we expect bigger things to come soon.

Quality Restaurant Ventures, Inc
QRVS
April 25: 3.90

Quality Restaurant Ventures, Inc., announced that its Board of
Directors has approved Tim Murray as the new President of QRVI. The
announcement follows several months of financial and operational reorganization.
The board has also given Murray, along with Peter Brown, President of
Obee's Franchise Systems, Inc., a seat on QRVI's Board of Directors.

Quality Restaurant Ventures Inc. announced today that a new co-branded
Sobik?s – Wing Way restaurant recently opened in Central Florida. This
is the first location that will serve both the Sobik?s and Wing Way
menus starting from opening day.

Quality Restaurant Ventures Inc. announced today it has now opened a
new Wing Way location in Central Florida . As with the company?s first
Wing Way restaurant, the new store is also co-branded with an existing
Sobik?s Subs location.

Quality Restaurant Ventures Inc. announced today that it is now
preparing to open four new locations of it?s recently announced
WING WAY fast-casual restaurant concept. The new Wing Ways will be
co-branded with existing Sobik?s Sub?s locations in Central Florida.

[End Email]


I know those question marks are just glitches, but they really give the second half of the email a feel of doubt, of question.

Gotta love that opening paragraph:
"…not seen anything of intrest…new company Leadership and up and comming contracts. We feel comforatble…"

With such a relaxed attitude toward spelling, I feel comforatble too!

"We have not said much in the last few weeks." Could that be true? Could the stock market spammers have taken a break in light of the craziness of our economy? Hmm…

I wonder who 2santafe@microdsi.net is? Maybe if you send an email there, it gets forwarded to tons of other accounts… If that were the case, then anyone could send out thousands of spam messages just by clicking "Send" once… And then off to jail with them!

"Please take the time to do your research on this Company." Totally cliché. "Wow, gee, if it requires research, forget that, I'll just take their word for it. Hyuh hyah, I'm brilliant!"

PAYMENT NOTIFICATION OF YOUR FUNDS (Email Spam)

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Nigeria yet again…


[Begin Email]

From: adamuisa@switched.com
Subject: PAYMENT NOTIFICATION OF YOUR FUNDS
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2008 02:27:11 +0100

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR.
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
Tinubu square, Lagos- Nigeria.
Our ref: Cbn/Ohg/Oxd1/2008
Your ref: ………………………….
Telex: Cenbank.
Payment file: Cbn/Ben/08.

PAYMENT NOTIFICATION OF YOUR FUNDS.

Attn: Beneficiary,

Hello. We have decided to bring to your attention, the fact that we
have done everything necessary to make sure payments from the debt
remittance account are made to the Bonafide Beneficiaries. I am informing you
of an attempt by some men to collectyour payment on your behalf. I had
to ask them why they came to see me in person and they said that they
came to collect your inheritance/contract funds payment sum of $20M
which rightfully belongs to you as shown in your file with us, on your
behalf and by your authorization.

However, I am writing you this email to find out from you if you
actually sent them. Note that they actually tendered some vital documents
which proved that you actually sent them to collect these funds. Below is
the list of documents which they presented.

1) Letter of administration
2) Order to release
3) High court injunction

Due to the nature of my job, I cannot afford to make any mistake
inreleasing the funds to anyone except you who is the recognized and true
beneficiary to these funds.I want to hear from you before I order the
release of the funds to these men who claim to be your representatives
because they will be back to my office next week. I decided to carry out
this decision based on my work experience and this is a risk I cannot
take because I have not heard anything from you.

Kindly direct your response to the private email address of my
boss,Prof. Charles Soludo, the executive governor of the central bank of
Nigeria Cbn, below for quicker deliberation and response from him on the
release of your funds to you. Please remember to indicate your personal
phonenumber he can reach you on in your response.

Email: prof_c_charlessoludo@myway.com

Note that for security reasons you have been assigned a code/password
which is {TT7270CBN}, please note that this code is the reference number
for your transfer and it’s being disclosed to you alone, guard this
jealously and all your email response should carry this code as the
subject.

Yours faithfully,

Dr. Adamu Isa

Secretary.
To the Governor.
Central bank of Nigeria
Tinubu square, Lagos- Nigeria.

CC: SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

[End Email]


This message is a bit similar to ATM FROM CBN, and both invoke the name Soludo. That CBN one only offered $10 million, though. I guess they upped the ante to compensate for our Cadbury-killing weak dollar.

Can you imagine if any of these messages were real? If you suddenly became $10 or $20 million richer? You could kick back! A whole new set of shiny worries…

I'll bet that whoever falls for these scams does indeed imagine the possibilities. Too bad experiencing that pleasant dream is just another step in the scheme.

RE: FINAL AWARD NOTIFICATION. (Email Spam)

Friday, March 28th, 2008

I missed it! I missed the deadline… missed it… missed it bad… just 48 hours… so close yet so far! Darn it all to Heck!


[Begin Email]

From: "Bonanza Lottery International" <prize@bonanzalotteryinternational.com>
Subject: RE: FINAL AWARD NOTIFICATION.
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2008 06:11:46 +0100

FROM: THE DESK OF THE MANAGER,
BONANAZA LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT.
REF NO: 15/0018/IPD
BATCH NO: EGS/ 22504002/06.

ATTN: WINNER,

RE: FINAL AWARD NOTIFICATION.

We are pleased to inform you, that as a result of our RECENT LOTTERY
DRAWS HELD on the 9th of February 2008.Your e-mail address attached to
ticket number:085-12876077-09 with serial number:51390-0 drew lucky
numbers:03-05-12-14-38 which consequently won in the 5th category you have
therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of (ONE MILLION U.S DOLLARS)
in cash credited to file with. REF: s.EGS/3662367114/13.Note that all
participants in this lottery program have been selected randomly through
a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 Officials and
30,000,000 individual email addresses from all search engines and web
sites,from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North and South America, Middle
East and Africa, as part of our International Promotions Program. This
promotional program takes place every year,and is promoted and
sponsored by eminent personalities like the Sultan of Brunei,Bill Gates of
microsoft inc and other corporate organizations.This is to encourage !
the use of the internet and comput

Your fund is now deposited with BANK and insured For security purpose
and clarity,we advise that you keep your winning information
confidential until your claims have been processed and your money remitted to your
account.This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claims
and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.

We look forward to your active participation in our next 4 million
dollars slot. To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact your
claims processing officer through via e-mail as stated below:

NAME:MR.CHARLES LLOYD
Tel: 44(0)7024013010
Email: admin@bonanzalotteryinternational.com

When you contact him, please provide him with your secret BATCH
NO,SERIAL NO.
You are also advised to provide him with the under listed information
as soon as possible:
1. Names in full
2. Address
3. Nationality
4. Age
5. Occupation
6. Phone/Fax

All winnings must be claimed not later than one month After the date of
this notice.Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications,remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in
all correspondence. Furthermore,should there be any change of address
do inform our agent as soon as possible. Congratulations!!! once more
and thank you for being part of our promotional program.

Sincerely,

Ashley Cole
Manager, lotto draw team
Bonanza International lottery.

[End Email]


Hilarious:

"This
promotional program takes place every year,and is promoted and
sponsored by eminent personalities like the Sultan of Brunei,Bill Gates of
microsoft inc and other corporate organizations.This is to encourage !
the use of the internet and comput"

It just cuts off. It reminds me of that clip where Bill Gates is on stage with a product developer and the guy's showing the latest computer and operating system to Bill and everyone. Then the Blue Screen of Death pops up and the guy quickly closes the laptop. All Bill can do is smile…

"For security purpose
and clarity,we advise that you keep your winning information
confidential until…"

Sure, sure. Tell no one. "You got that, punk?! You tell someone about this email message and so help me, I'll rip your– winning lottery ticket up… And you won't…get… the money. Ok?"

No! Tell the authorities! Run home! Run as fast as you can!!

{Six Million Dollar Man Sound Effects}

Buy Replica Watches Online! (Email Spam)

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Hmm… Instead of telling me I'm going to be rich, this email is telling me to buy watches online… Hmm…


[Begin Email]

From: "LanaGoodspeed588514" <LanaGoodspeed588514@hotmail.com>
Subject: FWD: March Specials
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008 15:26:08 -0400

Buy Replica Watches Online!

At our watch shop, we have been supplying top-quality, high-grade
replica watches to satisfied customers for close to 8 years now. We provide
our customers with an extremely reliable, affordable and accessible
source to these quality items, which provide the same attention-grabbing
benefits of the genuine articles that cost many times more. We are
constantly seeking to better understand the needs of our customers, and to
update our product selection so as to better serve our customers.

http://www.pirrafe.com

[End Email]


I cautiously visited the site, and what do you know, it looks like any ordinary business. But what kind of name is pirrafe? Like giraffe?

A Google search for pirrafe.com brings up one result, for parafe.com. Looks like some kind of vacation site.

A Google search for piraffe.com brings up one result, for praffe.com. "24kt Genuine Italian Snakeskin Bracelets and Leather Cuffs."

Weird. I guess some computer somewhere went crazy!

Here's a completely unrelated thought. Today it occurred to me that each time I post one of these spam messages, I am also posting the email of the supposed sender. Email addresses in plain sight on the web are often harvested by bots for spam purposes. So, am I facilitating an influx of spam for the spammers?

They probably have better spam protection than the rest, seeing as how they're the perpetrators!

Dear Friend, Greetings! (Email Spam)

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Oh no! I missed the deadline! Mr. Encami's going to kill me…!


[Begin Email]

From: "Mr. James Encami" <info@winecampus.org>
Subject: Dear Friend, Greetings!
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 14:09:39 -0800

Dear Friend, Greetings!

I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your of
$1,200.000.00 United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you since that time.

Then I went and deposited funds with a Security and Courier Company,
Lagos, Nigeria before I traveled out of the country for a 3 Months
Course and I will not come back till end of August. What you have to do
now is to contact the Security and Courier Company as soon as possible
to know when they will deliver your package to you. For your
information, I have paid for the delivering Charge, Insurance premium and
Clearance Certificate Fee. The only money you will send to the Courier &
Security Company to deliver your package direct to your postal Address in
your country is ($120.00 US) only being Security Keeping Fee of the
Courier Company so far.

Again, don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except
$120.00 US Dollars. I would have paid that but they said no because they
don't know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage. You have
to contact the Courier & Security Company now for the delivery of your
package with this information bellow;
Contact Person: Mr Tony Ije
Telephone:+234-805-653-5221
Email Address:tonyije01@yahoo.fr

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address and Direct
telephone number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery
and ask them to give you the tracking number to enable you track your
package over there and know when it will get to your address.

Let me repeat again, try to contact them as soon as you receive this
mail to avoid any further delay and remember to pay them their
Security Keeping fee of $120.00 US Dollars for their immediate action.
Yours Faithfully,
Mr. James Encami

[End Email]


This reminds me of one I got before. The old, "All I need is a small fee and you're on your way to riches!" Hmm…

Check it out, mang: <info@winecampus.org>

Isn't every campus a wine campus? Well… maybe not AAU. "There are 12 steps to getting your degree. Step 1: Admit you are powerless…" I have no power! He-man: I haaavve THE POOWWWEEEERRRRRR!!!! "You just don't get it, do you?"

Back to the email: "I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your of $1,200.000.00…"

Let's just adjust that a little: I have been waiting for you to contact me for your [BLANK] of $1.2 million.

What is the BLANK? Is it a gift? Reward? Compensation for past efforts (but alas, no results)? Punishment?

"You were bad. As penance, we sentence you to life as a wealthy person. Have fun saying "No," to all the woodwork gremlins. Watch their faces afterwards. Sneer away, you little devils!"

"Oh, can I have $140,000 to buy a new car? Please? I'm a vet! I was in Vietnam!"

"You're only 19."

"Hey, I don't need to take this from some…civilian!!" Sneer, sneer, sneer…

Why, Encami, why?? How dare you curse me to a life of undeserved luxury! You'll rue the day…

Wells Fargo Online Banking Information Verification (Email Spam)

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

I got another verification email today. Too bad I don't bank with Wells Fargo! Ha ha!


[Begin Email]

From: "Wells Fargo Online" <online@online.com>
Subject: Your Account Suspension Notice…
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 11:03:48 -0800

Wells Fargo Online Banking Information verification

Dear Valued customer,

At Wells Fargo, our utmost concern is the security of our online banking users. In this effect,
we do proper verification on all transactions done on our secured online banking servers.

Several attempts to log on to your account were detected this morning and as a matter of our improved online banking
security measures, We have decided to temporarily suspend your online banking access.

You will not be able to access your online account unless you re-activate your online access but in order to do so,
you will have to confirm your details by Logging on to your account to complete the
verification process set out for you before we can retrieve your online access.

Please, Log on through our secure link below;

MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from "www.dialogue-initiative.com" claiming to be https://online.wellsfargo.com/login?=ZXJyb3IudXNlcm5hbWVJbnZhbGlkRm9ybWF0 ….

We are indeed sorry for the inconveniencies we have caused you, but also remember that as a
Wells Fargo customer, your security remains our greatest priority.

Sincerely,

Account Security Dept.
Wells Fargo

Privacy & Security | Help
Secure Area
©2000 – 2007 Wells Fargo, Inc. All rights reserved.

[End Email]


From: "Wells Fargo Online" <online@online.com> Ooh, neat email…

"Several attempts to log on to your account were detected this morning"

Oh crap! That was me! And now they've shut my account down, all because I tried to use it within the scope of reason. Darn my intolerable expectation of normalcy! (I didn't really try to log on…I don't even have an account. I just wanted to make something clear. They didn't say several fraudulent attempts or several suspicious attempts or even several failed attempts. For all we know, those attempts were successful, and done by the account holder.)

How's this for a run-on sentence?:

"You will not be able to access your online account
unless you re-activate your online access
but in order to do so, you will have to confirm your details
by Logging on to your account
to complete the verification process set out for you
before we can retrieve your online access."

Sick!

"You will not be able to access your online account unless you re-activate your online access"

"If you do not learn to master your rage, your rage will become your master."

CHIEF ACCOUNTANT GENERAL OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA (Email Spam)

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Yes! Mo' money mo' money mo' money! Boo-yah!!!!


[Begin Email]

From: "CHIEF ACCOUNTANT GENERAL."
Subject: YOUR COMPENSATION PAYMENT HAS BEEN APPROVED.
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2008 10:01:33 -0700

CHIEF ACCOUNTANT GENERAL OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
FROM DR. JAMES OBI
Federal Secretariat Towers (5th & 10th floors)
Shehu Shagari Way, Central Area, Garki,Abuja.

CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA COMPENSATION UNIT,IN AFFILIATION WITH THE
UNITED NATIONS.

Attn: Sir/Madam,

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? You may
not understand why this mail came to you. I am Dr. James Obi, the Chief
Accountant General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Due to series of petition received from International Bodies on the way
fraudsters around the world especially Nigerians defrauded them, the
Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and my good self unbehalf of
the
Federal Government of Nigeria have been having a meeting with the
newly elected Secretary-General to the UNITED NATIONS,
Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon for the past 10 days which ended 3 days ago.

Been the outcome of our meeting,we are sending this email to all the
people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED
NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of US$ 500, 000. 00
(Five
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only). This includes every
foreign contractor that may have not received their contract sum and
people
that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses
that failed due to Government problems etc.

We found your name and email address on the List supplied to us by the
UNITED NATIONS and that is why we are contacting you.It has however
been agreed upon that you should be paid with immediate effect
following
the approval of your payment by the Central Bank of Nigeria in
aggreement with the UNITED NATION'S Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

You are advised to get back to us as soon as possible, to enable us
instruct the Central Bank of Nigeria which is the United Nation’s
Paying
Bank here in West Africa to pay you.

You may respond on the both email addresses given below:

accntantgen.j@gmail.com

accntantgen_j@mail.md

Congratulations!

Yours Faithfully

DR. JAMES OBI
Chief Accountant General (Federal Republic of Nigeria)
Central Area, Garki, Abuja.

[End Email]


Finally! Nigeria owns up to their problems and decides to provide a solution. I can't wait to spend my $500,000. I'll probably use it for my mortgage. But since the value of the dollar is going down, maybe I'll just buy a candy bar instead. Hmm… But then I won't have any money left!

"Due to series of petition received from International Bodies on the way fraudsters around the world especially Nigerians … to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of US $500,000.00."

I wonder just how many people have been scammed by other emails, and are now getting this one and thinking, "Finally! Satisfaction!"

It's like a television show. And we've just now moved on to Part II, where some of the fraudsters admit to previous wrongdoing as a means to promote their current wrongdoings.

O brave new world that has such people in it!

Bank of America Security Alert – Upgrade Your Personal Account Information (Email Spam)

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

I got this a while ago. It had the Bank of America logo on it, too. It's funny when spammers send you messages from banks that you don't do business with. But like I wrote before, PayPal scams probably snare a lot more people than ones for older, physical banking institutions.

Just as a side note, I can't believe how close we are to doing all our business electronically. (Robot Voice:) "1500 credits have been automatically deducted from your account for the toll on this newly privatized road. Have – a – nice – day."


[Begin Email]

From: bankofamerica@security.com
Subject: Security Alert – Upgrade Your Personal Account Information .
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2008 03:23:22 +0100

WARNING !!
You must update
Your Account Immediately
Please Click Here

*Important*
Please update your records on or before 48 hours, a failure to update your records will result in a temporal hold on your funds.

Security Update Alert

Your primary Information for Bank of America Online Banking Need To Update.

var LetterVals = { UIStrings : { __last : 'not used' }, StateDynamic : true, yplus_browser : false, premium_user : false, smsintl : "", SidebarSyncActionType : "read", SidebarSyncAuxActionType : "", SidebarSyncUID : "4204", SidebarSyncAuxUID : "", getString : function(id) { var result = this.UIStrings[id]; if ( result == null ) { return "Not translated: '" + id + "'"; } return result; } } Bank Of America is constantly working to increase security for all Online Banking Customers . To ensure the integrity of our online payment system, we periodically review accounts.

Your account might be place on restricted status. Restricted accounts continue to receive payments, but they are limited in their ability to send or withdraw funds.

To lift up this restriction, you have to complete our verification process. You must confirm your credit card details and your billing information as well. All restricted accounts have their billing information unconfirmed, meaning that you may no longer send money from your account until you have updated your billing information on records. To initiate the update confirmation process

Please follow the link below and fill in the necessary requirements :

MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from "www.museonoelkempff.org" claiming to be https://sitekey.bankofamerica.com/sas/signon.do

Thank you for your patience as we work together to protect your account.

——————————————————————————–

Because E-Mail Is Not A Secure Form Of Communication, This E-Mail Box Is Not Equipped To Handle Replies.
If you have any questions about your account or need assistance, please call the phone number on your statement or go to Contact Us.

——————————————————————————–

Bank of America , N.A. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender
2007 Bank of America Corporation. All rights reserved

[End Email]


I enjoy being alerted to deceptive links by MailScanner. But I don't think the Scanner was the reason for all that code near the top. I assume the scammer had a glitch in his system.

Or might it have been her system? I think the stereotypical computer user would be male, and the stereotypical criminal would be male. Therefore, the stereotypical computer criminal would be double-male? Making him female. No! Wait…

Orange Votre Service Clients Internet (French Email Spam)

Friday, March 21st, 2008

I can't believe it. I just wrote about the PayPal phishing spam I got from paypal@securesuite.net. I guess since I didn't respond, the sender figures I must be French.


[Begin Email]

From: " Orange Votre Service Clients Internet " <paypal@securesuite.net>
Subject: noreply.internet@orange-ftgroup.com
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 18:25:47 +0100

Cher client Orange Internet,

Orange est déterminé à maintenir un environnement sain pour notre communauté de clients. Pour protéger la sécurité de votre compte, Orange emploie certains des systèmes de sécurité les plus avancés au monde et notre équipe anti- fraude écran régulièrement le système Orange pour toute activité inhabituelle.

Nous sommes avec vous pour rappeler que le 24 mars 2008 de notre équipe chargée de l'examen du compte identifié certains activité inhabituelle sur votre compte. Conformément à l'Accord d'utilisation de Orange et d'assurer que votre compte n'a pas été compromis, l'accès à votre compte a été limité. Votre compte d'accès restera limité jusqu'à ce que ce problème a été résolu.

Pour sécuriser votre compte et de rétablir rapidement un accès complet, nous pouvons exiger des informations supplémentaires de votre part pour la raison suivante:

Nous avons été informés que d'une Orange associée à votre compte a été signalé comme perdu ou volé, ou qu'il ya eu d'autres problèmes avec votre compte.

Ce processus est notre obligatoire, et si cela n'est pas accompli dans le temps le plus proche de votre compte ou de carte de crédit peuvent faire l'objet d'une suspension temporaire.

Pour sécuriser votre compte et de rétablir rapidement un accès complet, nous pouvons exiger des informations supplémentaires de votre part pour la raison suivante:

MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from "jacquemard.biz" claiming to be ht tp://id.orange.fr/auth_user/bin/auth_user.cgi?origine=wg

S’il vous plaît à noter répondre à ce message.

Cette boîte aux lettres n'est pas suivi et que vous ne recevrez pas de réponse.

Merci pour l'aide de Orange

[End Email]


Ay dios mio! Let's just see what the old Alta Vista has to say about this…

Here's the Babel Fish Translation of the email message from French to English:


[Begin Translation]

Dear customer Orange Internet,

Orange is given to maintain an environment healthy for our community of customers.

To protect safety from your account, Orange employs some of the most advanced systems of safety in the world and our anti team defrauds screen regularly the Orange system for any unusual activity.

We are with you to recall that on 24 unquestionable March 2008 of our team in charge of the examination of the account identified unusual activity on your account.

In accordance with the Agreement of use of Orange and to ensure that your account was not compromised, the access on your account was limited.

Your account of access will remain limited until this problem was solved.

To make safe your account and to restore a complete access quickly, we can require additional information of your share for the following reason: We were informed that of an Orange associated on your account was announced as lost or stolen, or that it ya have other problems with your account.

This process is our obligatory, and if that is not accomplished in time nearest to your account or credit card can be the subject of a deferment.

To make safe your account and to restore a complete access quickly, we can require additional information of your share for the following reason: [Fraudulent Link]

Please to note to answer this message. This letter-box is not followed and that you will not receive an answer.

Thank you for the assistance for Orange

[End Translation]


Ok, so it seems that they want the same info as they did before, and for the same reason. "Somebody" tried to "break" "into" "my" account, and now it's "froooozennnn." Good thing I know French!

I wonder if everyone who got that old spam got this new one too? Or maybe just those who "failed" to act…

A PayPal Phishing Email

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

I got this a little while ago. Scary stuff.

[Begin Email]

From: paypal@securesuit.net
Subject: PayPal
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 02:39:57 +0100

We recently have determined that different computers have logged onto your Paypal account, and multiple password failures were present before the logons. We now need you to re-confirm your account information to us. If this is not completed by March 20, 2008, we will be forced to suspend your account indefinitely, as it may have been used for fraudulent purposes. We thank you for your cooperation in this manner. To confirm your Online Banking records click on the following link: >>> Click here <<< Thank you for your patience in this matter. Paypal Customer Service. Please do not reply to this e-mail as this is only a notification. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered. 1999-2008 PayPal. All rights reserved.

[End Email]

Like most companies, I believe PayPal will never ask you to confirm anything via email. And of course, securesuit.net is not PayPal.

Lots of people use PayPal. I was just thinking that the difference between PayPal and a normal bank is that PayPal is probably far more universally used and recognized. So a scammer catering to PayPal customers would have a much larger "sucker" pool.

Don't be a sucker! If you get a message like that, forward it to spoof@paypal.com.