The phony invoice scam is a common scam popular with scammers because it is quite effective.  It starts when you receive an email that purports to be from a popular company with which many of us do business that indicates that you owe them a significant payment.   The scammers count on people being concerned that they are being wrongfully charged for a product they did not order.  You are provided a telephone number to call if you dispute the bill. If you call the number, you will be prompted to provide personal information that will be used to make you a victim of identity theft.

The copied email below, which was sent to me by a Scamicide reader, appears to come from PayPal  in regard to a payment for premium services at Pornhub which is the largest adult website on the Internet and which claims it had 42 billion visits last year.   As always, the purpose of a phishing email is to lure you into clicking on links contained within the email or providing personal information, in this case by phone if you call to dispute the phony bill . If you click on links in phishing emails, you end up downloading malware and if you provide the requested information, it ends up being used to make you a victim of identity theft. This particular phishing email provides a phone number to call if you wish to dispute the obviously phony invoice.  If you call the number in the phishing email you will be asked for personal information that will be used to make you a victim of identity theft.  The phone number is not that of PayPal.

It is very easy to counterfeit the logo of PayPal or any other company so merely because the invoice looks legitimate is no reason to trust it.  B.S. – Be skeptical.

Here is a copy of the invoice being circulated.  I have blocked out the name of the Scamicide reader and his address.

Paypal Inc
USD 699.99
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We appreciate your business. Thank You for Making Your Online Purchase from PORN HUB INC using your Paypal Account. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Have a great day!
Paypal Inc
Toll Free Number : +1 (800) 958-2315
Date: January 08, 2022
Bill to
Automated Payment via Paypal Account
Online Membership – Subscription
USD 699.99
1 Year – Porn Hub – Premium HD Videos – Membership
1 X USD 699.99
Balance due USD 699.99
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Paypal Inc
2211 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95131
If you receive an email that seems fraudulent, please check with the business owner before paying.
© Intuit, Inc. All rights reserved.


Once, I received a large invoice from a company with which I do business for goods I did not order, but rather than click on the link provided in the email, I went directly to the company’s website to question the invoice.  When the website came up, the first thing I saw was a large announcement that the invoice was a scam and that many people had received these phony invoices.  If you ever receive a phony invoice such as this and you think that it may possibly be true, don’t click on links or call phone numbers provided in the email.  Rather, contact the real company directly at a phone number or website that you know is legitimate where you can confirm that the phishing invoice was a scam.

Never click on links or download attachments in emails or text messages unless you have absolutely confirmed that they are legitimate and don’t call companies at telephone numbers that appear in the email such as this one.  Instead, if the email appears to come from a legitimate company, you can call them at a telephone number you confirm is legitimate .  Don’t call the number that appears in the email.

One firm indication that this is a scam is that in the last year Mastercard, Visa and Paypal all stopped doing business with Pornhub over allegations of illegal videos appearing on the site.  Therefore, the phony invoice could not be legitimate.

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