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Alright WTF is going on...

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by fredfred547, May 22, 2015.

  1. fredfred547

    fredfred547 Power Member

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    Phishing is nothing new. Spoofing emails has existed for years. Today though, I recieved what could be the strangest phishing email of all time...



    729725<[email protected]>

    "Msg from PayPal: In order to protect you, we have limited your account due to suspicious activity. To help you resolve this issue, please call1-888-221-1161."

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    Sent using SMS-to-email. Reply to this email to text the sender back and save on SMS fees.
    https://www.google.com/voice/




    The email above is what I recieved. That number "1-888-221-1161", is Paypal's customer service number. I know for a fact this wasn't from Paypal and my account was never limited but here's my question. What in God's name is the purpose of making a phishing email that just directs the user to the actual company customer service number lmao...
     
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  2. Seoking1

    Seoking1 Junior Member

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    I think some hacker are trying to do good things now :p or its some new bad-ass technique. Who knows..
     
  3. wizard04

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    1. Confuse the pray
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  4. lord1027

    lord1027 Elite Member

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    This is weird, anyone else got this message? Maybe someone is trying to prank you, I've never heard of this kind of scam before.
     
  5. Madhat27

    Madhat27 Newbie

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    Maybe it's a trust thing? The first message sends you to the actual PayPal service, so you're less likely to question details in subsequent messages. Just a thought.
     
  6. Mind Media

    Mind Media BANNED BANNED

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    Maybe there testing there mailer?
     
  7. Society Girl

    Society Girl Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Did the hyperlink on the number call the same number or did it go elsewhere? If it was the PP number, no idea. Like Mind Media said, it could be a test...
     
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    Testing inbox rate? Testing CTR?
     
  9. SEOking222

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    I am also getting such messages, 2-3 per day.
     
  10. ja1myn

    ja1myn Senior Member

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    Yeah but how would the scammer know if you called the number or not? Well, I guess if you clicked the number to call it they would be able to see that, but I assume most people use an actual cell phone to do so.
     
  11. togerr

    togerr Registered Member

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    maybe they are trying to flood the paypal customer service!
    ddos?
     
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  12. archon10

    archon10 BANNED BANNED

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    This is really interesting. I like the idea that it's a prank on PayPal.

    My other thought was that they are trying to get you to reply to verify that your number is valid? But then it would make sense to prompt people to reply.

    I think the prank idea is pretty good.
     
  13. manjeet036

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    weird thing happening.. I think call them but don't disclose your personal detail unless they haven't any information about yours..
     
  14. blackice6666

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    Maybe some voice company that is terminating VOIP traffic to paypal is doing that? They can inflate the incoming calls this way.
     
  15. maxedgames

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    He might be seeing who replies to the email in order to get an 'active' email list. Not sure though, really weird.
     
  16. shephard

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    Building trust is the first step to rob you blind
     
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    I guess they are trying to get login details of people replying to the mail.

    Customer: How did this happen?
    Reply: blah blah.. login to www.phishingurl.com blah blah
    Customer: Ok, what now
    Customer: Are you there?
    Customer: I am unable to login in my account. Fuck.

    Done.
     
  18. christianbed

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    If they aren't trying to get the person's login details if they respond to the email, my guess is that once you open the email he has a better chance of inboxing you in the future...probably testing his list with something that looks genuine to see how responsive the ctr is.
     
  19. bmminc

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    you could also be specifically targeted. Perhaps you don't log in to paypal often enough and you have a keylogger on your pc.

    Suspicious e-mail can make you log in.
     
  20. elviswong

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    WTF ????????????? Got this also ????????
    I almost felt for it even tho i've been online since day one !

    BE CAREFUL GUYS !