Today in Spam

Am I the only one who has seen a sharp uptick lately in the number of emails wanting to give me millions from the estates of total strangers?  Or the ones asking me to confirm account information for a bank I’ve never heard of?  They’re pretty predictable; either appeals to my Christianity or threats to shut down access to my (nonexistent) bank accounts.

However, today’s entry gets major points for originality:

Subject: Notice!

We recorded a payment request from “Live Strip Chat Camera Sexy Girls -www.video-chat.co.uk – Girls Show” to enable the charge of $127.83 on your PayPal account. Because the order was made from an european internet address, we put an Exception Payment on transaction id #POS 03 4573 motivated by our Geographical Tracking System.

THE PAYMENT IS PENDING FOR THE MOMENT .

If you made this transaction or if you just authorize this payment, please ignore or remove this email message.
The transaction will be shown on your monthly statement as “Live Strip Chat Camera Sexy Girls“.
If you didn’t make this payment and would like to decline the $127.34 billing to your card,
please follow the link below to cancel the payment : Cancel this payment ( transaction id #POS 03 4573) [Link disabled]

Thank you for using PayPal!
The PayPal Team

Please do not reply to this email. This mailbox is not monitored and you will not receive a response.

For assistance, log in to your PayPal account and click the Help link located in the top right corner of any PayPal page.

Yep, that’s one that will get you to sit up and take notice.  Who would want their spouse — or, God forbid, their parents — to see “Live Strip Chat Camera Sexy Girls” on the bank statement or credit card bill?  And who would want to give up $127.34 (or is it $127.83?) when they didn’t even get to chat with the Live Stripping Sexy Girls?

This one is pretty well done.  It even tells me to login to my PayPal account for help.  But the “Cancel this payment” link?  The scammers couldn’t be bothered to (or just flat couldn’t) use a URL that looks anything like PayPal.  Not to worry — I didn’t click it; I just hovered my mouse over it long enough to see it was gobbledegook.  And if that hadn’t done it, the fact that it was sent to “undisclosed recipients” would have tipped me off.  Really?  A whole bunch of people had suspicious charges of exactly the same amount on their PayPal accounts?

Anyway, I logged into my PayPal account through the website on the off chance that some credit card-deprived teenager actually had hacked it in order to score some porn, and — you guessed it — there was no such charge.  So, if you too should receive such an email, don’t fret.

Unless you really were in Europe strip chatting with Live Sexy Girls.

2 Responses to “Today in Spam”

  1. Bill says:

    Let me pay the PayPal bill this month.

  2. Del says:

    Oh Bill, you sly dog you.

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