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Examples Of Fake E-Mails - 2014 - 2016
When people become active online, they become targets for malicious emails, often called "Spoof E-Mails". The best thing people can do is try and spot these bad e-mails, because it does not seem like there is any way to totally prevent bad e-mails from coming to our in boxes.
For Archived Years: Archive 2012 -- Archive 2013

This page is devoted to examples of "Spoofs". The links are not active in the spoof e-mail examples to prevent accidentally clicking them. These are primarily Spoofs received at my eBay and PayPal email accounts.

This website also has a page on e-mail safety tips: E-Mail Safety Tips.

What to do with Spoof emails?
You can forward them to the appropriate company, and then it might be wise to immediately delete them.
To forward Spoofs to eBay - spoof@ebay.com
To forward Spoofs to PayPal - spoof@paypal.com

See a large list at 2012 page - I used to get a lot of spoof e-mails.
Thankfully I rarely get spoofs e-mails anymore, so this is current as of 2016.
Spoof News

eCommerceBytes - 04-18-2015 - New Threat Could Be Mining eBay User Data.

eCommerceBytes - 11-05-2015 - eBay Sellers: Beware of Different Ship-to Address.
I had no idea. What will scammers think of next.

eCommerceBytes - 08-14-2014 - Reports of eBay Live-Chat Account Takeovers.
eBay users are receiving transcripts of conversations they've supposedly had with eBay customer service...they never had...

Spoof Emails
Actual Fake Emails That I Received
PayPal - October 17, 2014 - PayPal does not send emails like this.

To: xxxx
Reply-To: service@intl.paypal.com
Annual Survey

Tell us what you think of PayPal in this 30 second survey, and, to say "thank you" we have reserved a few rewards worth over $75 for completing our short survey!

Log In (As a link - do not click this link.)

© 1999 - 2014 PayPal.



Real PayPal emails have more info at the bottom like:

This email was sent to xxxx@xxxx, because your email preferences are set to receive "News and Promotions". Click here to Unsubscribe.
Please do not reply to this email. We are unable to respond to inquiries sent to this address. For immediate answers to your questions, visit our Help Center by clicking "Help" located on any PayPal page or email.
Copyright © 2014 PayPal, Inc. All rights reserved. PayPal is located at 2211 N. First St., San Jose, CA 95131.

eBay - Septmeber 8, 2014 - DON'T FALL FOR THIS ONE!!!! (Do Not Click on the Link in this eMail!)

eBay Account Security <no-reply@accountsecurity.com>

Dear xxxx,

It has come to our attention that your eBay account is passible to numerous
brute-force attacks.
Your account is currently locked due to 7 invalid login attempts.
In order to restore your account please click on the following link: (This is NOT an eBay link. eBay NEVER asks you to click on links such as this one.)

http://lxg57-1-78-239-146- (This is NOT an eBay link.) 34.fbx.proxad.net/--

Please note that this request is mandatory for your account since our new
policy from May 21, 2014.

Thank you,
eBay Security System,
9/8/2014 13:44:24

Facebook - March 09, 2014

This message was sent to one of my email addresses that is NOT EVEN associated with my Facebook account. Hoovering over the link, shows the link does not go to Facebook.

Facebook xxxx@xxxx
You requested a new Facebook password.


You recently asked to reset your Facebook password.
Click here to change your password.
Didn't request this change?
If you didn't request a new password, let us know immediately.
Change Password
This message was sent to xxxx@xxxx at your request.
Facebook, Inc., Attention: Department 415, PO Box 10005, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Facebook - March 5, 2014

This message was sent to one of my email addresses that is NOT EVEN associated with my Facebook account. Hoovering over the link, shows the link does not go to Facebook. I don't know a Victoria Carpenter. Etc.

Victoria Carpenter commented on your status.
Victoria wrote: "so cute;)"

Go to comments

Reply to this email to comment on this status.
See Comment
This message was sent to xxxx@xxxx. If you don't want to receive these emails from Facebook in the future, please unsubscribe.
Facebook, Inc., Attention: Department 415, PO Box 10005, Palo Alto, CA 94303

PayPal 03-01-2014

This message was sent to one of my email addresses that is NOT EVEN associated with my PayPal account. It is addressed vaguely to "Dear Customer". And look at the return email address PEYpay, I don't think so. LOL

Your Account Has Been Limited PayPal Case ID PP-658-119-345

Dear customer ,

As part of our efforts to provide a safe and secure environment for the online community, we regularly screen account activity. Our review of your account has identified an issue regarding its safe use. We have placed a restriction on your account as a precaution.

To lift the restriction we will require some further information from you.

If, once we review your further information and we're confident that the use of your account does not present a safety risk to our service and customers, we'll be happy to reinstate your account.

We have sent you an attachment which contains all the necessary steps in order to restore your account access. Download and open it in your browser. After we have gathered the necessary information, you will regain full access to your account. Please make sure you enter the information accurately, and according to the formats required.
Fill in all the required fields.

We thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Very sincerely,
PayPal Review Department

There was an attachment here. LOL Like I am going to open that. <PP-658-119-345.htm>

See a large list at 2012 page - I used to get a lot of spoof e-mails.
Thankfully I rarely get spoofs e-mails anymore, so this is current as of 2016.
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