I’ve been around these parts (the Internet) since I was 13, and over those years i’ve noticed lots and lots of cyber scams in various shapes and forms – I find them funny to be honest as they are usually so poor, it amazes me people fall for them..
I received a funny one today – thought i’d screenshot it and explain how its easy to tell its a scam;
From the top down, firstly, the title of the email has a space before the exclamation mark. This is not proper grammar, and a company as large as Microsoft/Skype wouldn’t make such a schoolboy error.
Next, the email address is “[email protected]” which a) isn’t a Skype email and b) is sod all to do with Skype or Microsoft (MS own Skype now innit)
Moving swiftly on, the wording of Skype and the [email protected] email address are formatted so that its not picked up as an email address by spam filters, having a question mark instead of a fullstop and then not including the next full stop (before the UK) is again a huge error, and no reputable company would do that.
The next part down is the same, the email addresses formatted so it still looks like an email, but spam filters wouldn’t be triggered.
And finally, the last part of the email is the nail in the coffin IMO – PayPal is one word, not two – no official email from a huge company would make such an error – plus the “Pay Pal” link points to;
hXXp://www.elrinconoculto.com/config.html (link nulled so you cant click)
…Which is obviously not an official PayPal domain 🙂