Got a $0 Invoice Through Paypal? It May be the Newest Way of Spamming You

Did you get an invoice through Paypal, out of the blue, and from someone you have never heard of, and maybe even for $0 dollars? Odds are that if you did, you were on the receiving end of the newest engine for sending spam: Paypal (and odds are also good that it advertised Jaboo or skrylcomputers.com).

So how does it work? Here’s how.

The spammer sends you the $0 invoice through Paypal, costing them $0, and a) ensuring that they aren’t accused of trying to bilk you out of money, and b) intriguing you enough to read the invoice.

Then, in the ‘comments’ section of the invoice, they include the text of their spam.

 

Here is a regular, real Paypal invoice:

regular paypal invoice

 

See where it says “Thank you for your membership”? The person sending the invoice can type anything they want in there – anything at all.

The Paypal $0 Invoice Spam
paypal 0 invoice with spam

 

The first example of this in the wild (at least that we could find) arrived at the OpenInboxExperiment on January 1st, 2016:

0 invoice paypal spam scam at openinbox
Credit: OpenInboxExperiment.com

 

In this case, the spam text reads:

“Good day, become our family memeber, shop cheap electronics online with us. Please, do not hesitate to visit our online store & sub. skrylcomputers.com Cheap, quality and brand new electronics. Good prices & 3% discount. Cheap electronics.”

Security writer and speaker Troy Hunt received a similar $0 invoice, also featuring Jaboo, and skrylcomputers.com, but with different wording (likely to evade Paypal’s spam detection system), during that same week.

The version that Troy received says “Good day, become our family memeber (sic), buy cheap electronics online with us. Please, do not hesitate to visit our online store & subscribe. skrylcomputers.com Cheap, quality and brand new electronics. Good prices & 3% discount.”

Not surprisingly, Jaboo (or Ja boo) Computers and Skrylcomputers.com are one and the same.

jaboo computers skrylcomputers.com

 

Skrylcomputers.com is registered out of Mazowieckie (also spelled Masoweckie), Poland.

Anyways, you can safely ignore this invoice.

Let us know if you received this same $0 Paypal invoice, or something similar!

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Got a $0 invoice via Paypal? You're probably on the receiving end of the newest way to send spam (and it probably advertised Jaboo or skrylcomputers.com).
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