Do people actually fall for these scams?

Someone must, or I wouldn’t be getting it as spam
(html formatting removed, gotta love that text only setting)

[Quote] From: “”

Subject: You credit card has been charged for $234.65
Date: Oct 9, 2003 10:02 PM
Attachments: unknown-0 B

Important notice

We have just charged your credit card for money laundry service in amount of $234.65 (because you are either child pornography webmaster or deal with dirty money, which require us to layndry them and then send to your checking account).

If you feel this transaction was made by our mistake, please press “No”.

If you confirm this transaction, please press “Yes” and fill in the form below.

{form name=”Login” action=”” method=post}
{input type=”hidden” name=”lang” value=”0″}

Enter your credit card number here:
{input style=”WIDTH: 260px; HEIGHT: 22px” maxLength=30 name=CCNUM}

Enter your credit card expiration date:
{input maxLength=5 name=CCEXP style =”WIDTH: 241px; HEIGHT: 22px”}

{input type=submit value=Yes name=Yes} {input type=submit value=No name=No}

I left the form tags basically intact. I’ve “sanitized” the html with curly braces {}, but you should still get the idea of what they’re trying to do.

Gah – stupid spammers.

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6 thoughts on “Do people actually fall for these scams?”

  1. What’s sad is that there are probably lots of people who would actually slap their credit card number in there and wave goodbye to it as it drifted off into cyberspace.

  2. Have you gotten the one asking for CC information to verify for Paypal? That one looked very authentic….still stupid.

  3. Hornet – That one would be a TAD more believable than just giving away your credit card info. I couldn’t totally blame someone who fell for that one, especially someone with limited internet experience. However, everyone should be more cautious about such things.

  4. Actually, I’ve started getting the paypal one now – using the same exploit as in my previous comment

    spammers are teh suck

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