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spoof/phishing email..... alert

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spoof/phishing email..... alert

received the following this morning....


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You sent a payment of $49.99 USD to FarmVille games.

Receipt No: 0390-2620-3303-5447

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Purchase from Facebook FarmVille Games. $49.99 USD 1 $49.99 USD
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Total: $49.99USD
Receipt No: 0390-2620-3303-5447
Please keep this receipt number for future reference. You'll need it if you contact customer service at Facebook Farmville Games or  PayPal.
Invoice ID:5156182

Message sent to: (MY EMAIL ADDRESS)
Message sent from: Notification Via PayPal., 16 CLAREMONT ROAD, HADLEY WOOD, Hertfordshire - GB EN4 0HP
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Very cleverly worded... to make it "appear" to be a genuine email.. and also a veiled threat, with "if you beleive this to be .................................... click here..... "  to make unsuspecting people think that they are going to paypal to correct the error...

1 not addressed to me...
2.. I don`t play games
3.. I don`t have facebook
4.  i know I haven`t bought anything in US$
5. Why would it appear on my credit card statement if it was being charged to paypal  ?    presumably, because the link asks for your credit card details....  (  hee hee  gotcha ! ! .. )
I have forwarded the entire message , including headers, to .... 

Just thought I would let you all know about it, and pass on to relatives who may also receive similar .... 

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Re: spoof/phishing email..... alert

Dear Costumer,

is a bit of a give away as well.
I "see" (not really as gmail filters them for me) loads of these every week, along with "scanned" documents, invoices, and even one from the UN!  Cheesy
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Re: spoof/phishing email..... alert

Thanks Shutter. It seems that hardly a day goes by without an attempt like this coming into our inboxes.
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Re: spoof/phishing email..... alert

I am consistently getting spam mails with sent from addresses from people I know, that look utterly genuine until opened. Usually people from my bowls club.
I don't think I am the source, as in circular emails to all members (in excess of 60) I always send them .Bcc. But I can't be sure (and am not) that other members are as careful.
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Re: spoof/phishing email..... alert

I can see the headlines now "Bowls club raided as master hackers identified..."
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