Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Dear PayPal phisher: Learn to spell

The PayPal phishers are getting bolder, if not dumber, by the day. Consider this little missive that landed in my Gmail spam folder today:
Security Center Advisory! (grabs your attention, doesn't it?)

We recently noticed one or more attempts to log in to your PayPal account from a foreign IP address and we have reasons (sp) to belive (sp) that your account was hijacked by a third party without your authorization (well duh! i guess it's ok if i give my authorization?). If you recently accessed your account while traveling, the unusual log in attempts may have been initiated by you.

If you are the rightful holder of the account you must click the link below and then complete all steps from the following page as we try to verify your identity.

Click here to verify your account (a bogus link was here)

If you choose to ignore our request, you leave us no choise (sp) but to temporaly (sp) suspend your account.

Thank you for using PayPal!
So, let's recap for a moment. I get this urgent email from PayPal with whom I have no account and have never had an account, filled with definite misspellings and dubious grammar and an even more dubious back story (come on, I'd give permission for a mysterious third party or parties to hijack my account???). And I'm supposed to follow that dubious textual link which does not, by the way, lead you to a secure (SSL) link. Even if you're dumb enough to click it, that alone should give you a Big Clue that this might not be legitimate. I wonder just how successful this kind scam is.

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