Blog Comment Phishing Scam

OK, guys and girls in the blogging community, lend me your ears and shit.

There seems to be a new scam in town, of which I am hot on the trail. I’m asking those of you who blog to pay particular attention to this one, because it affects your blog and is the kind of thing you could potentially be held liable for. I was browsing through my moderation queue and found this one, so have a look at yours, eh?

Here is the body of the message:

John Q. Netizen | | IP:

Is this PayPal logon page a fake ????{{rest of the spammy link removed to protect the innocent, ed.}}

The link was sent in e-mail

This page:

This page is parked free, courtesy of

At first, I thought this a legitimate question until I put the email address with the domain name and realized that whomever this iggit is, they used the same domain! The domain registration is not GoDaddy at all (surprise, surprise!), but rather a company of questionable repute by the name of Seems like this Add/Drop scheme that the above-linked article is talking about would be a perfect way to get a domain for a few days, pull some scams, and then abscond. But of course, we don’t know that for sure.

How about our friend John Q. Netizen? Well, he’s bright enough not to use his real name, I’ll give him that. But his IP address is and he’s in Alhambra, CA. He’s a Charter Communications customer, so you know.

I’ve followed up with PayPal, for whatever good that will do us all. But keep an eye out, and if you see something, report it! Put it on your blog, too (minus the free link-love!), so people can Google search and find out about this joker.

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.