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Could Identity Thieves Be Any Dumber?

I was checking my email tonight and in my inbox I had email purportedly from The subject line was: User Agreement Violation (ID PP133320) . Since it had not been filtered to my junk mail I thought it might be the real deal. When I opened it, it said that someone from my IP address had tried to change my password 3 times, and thus my account was blocked. I was then instructed to log into my paypal account to unblock it. For a second I thought it was real until I noticed that is said “We apologise for the inconvinience.” The 2 spelling errors had me smelling a scam. And when I clicked on the link to log into my paypal account the website it took me to was not but:

Clearly not the real deal. The page told me to put in my credit card number and pin number and such to unlock my account. Pretty clever of them no? But then again I noticed spelling mistakes…it said that while my account was blocked I couldn’t ” transfer funds electronycaly.” Electronycaly???

What I don’t understand it how the scammers could put so much work into creating a fake website that looks almost identical to paypal (they did a great job with graphics and colors, and reassuring small print, very convincing) and then not bother to do spell check! How dumb can you get!

I have seen this scenario before, and spelling errors can be a great way to detect a fraudalent email. Also check the website they link you to. It is another dead give away.