You all know this, right?

Just in case you aren’t sure, check out this email I received tonight:

Click for better look. Although the screen capture didn’t get my mouse pointer, notice the link that pops up when I hover over the “PayPal” link.

Please tell me you know all about this sort of thing.


  1. I get a lot of Paypal, eBay and online-banking spam. The mails pretend to be from Paypal, eBay or some bank and look official, but the links go to somewhere else which probably installs a virus/tries to sell you something/etc. Whenever you get an e-mail that purports to be official, check all the link destinations to make sure they actually go to the site they’re supposed to be sending you to. You may want to look at the message header too and see where it came from, but that can be hard to work out. Every time I get one of these the links always go to some numeric IP address (e.g. or an obviously different site. Be careful!

  2. I concur with Nicholas, It’s definitely a SCAM! My e-mail location has a spam filter, but for some reason many paypal and other ‘legit sounding’ spams get through. If in doubt DO NOT OPEN! Delete it. Gotta go now. I have to e-mail ALL my bank details to Dr. Abbu Abrusi in Nigeria so he can deposit $25,000,000 in my account.

  3. I agree with Toejam………’s a scam. Delete that rascal. If you can find a copy of the February ’06 issue of Maximum PC magazine…it’s got a killer how to article on keeping your comp bug free. Plenty of excellent resources and links in it, as well as the dos and don’ts of handling virus issues/spam etc.

  4. Yah, same here. Ocassionally I’ll get a flash of paranoia and go to ebay and check my account to see if someones hacked it and something really is going on that I don’t know about. While I am there I report the spammer. What they are doing is called Phishing. Its illigal, immoral and frankly if I knew someone was doing it, I would sic the cops on them. Basically they are trying to get you to either download malware (under the guise of going to an official web site) or steal your information (getting you to enter in your personal info by going to a fake Ebay website). One of the things that ebay tells you to do is NEVER go to a link on an ebay email. Open a new browser window and open ebay independantly from there.

  5. I have a better idea for everyone. Don’t have a damned thing to do with Paypunk. They steal people’s money, support anti gun crap, and are generally worthless and untrustworthy. This is based on personal experience of myself and several of my friends.

  6. Well, this particular example is from PayPal (which I’ve long used and have never had any problems with) but you all probably know that it’s not limited to PayPal. If you worry that the message might be genuine (though rest assured that it almost certainly isn’t) you can always log into your account using your usual methods and check things out. Just don’t use the link in any email. Ever. Financial institutions wouldn’t use email for this sort of thing, because they know that 90% of their customers wouldn’t even trust a totally legit email.

  7. I get these all the time. I take the time to ‘update’ my information with something along these lines. User Name: Go Password: Fuck Yourself

  8. 512-447-8335 is the guy’s phone number (Brandon Davis) who owns blackgold rental, if you wanna give him a ring. Judging from the ip name ( it’s obviously his home computer. I wonder if it’s him, or someone who hacked into his computer doing this. Either way, I love searching data trails 🙂

  9. Got a similar one a while back. Took the link apart and found it led back to the computer system of a bus company in Sweden. They had been hacked (probably by the Russian Mafia) and did not know it. I passed the information on to the PayPal fraud unit. When you get these it is a good idea to let the legitimate entity (PayPal, you bank or whatever) know. It helps them to track down and try to take action against the offender.