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Google - Phishing or Joe Job?

We were alerted to the following spam by a concerned reader. Someone sent a bogus order confirmation for goods the recipient never ordered and then ask him/her to visit a website and enter his credit card details if he/she wants get the order cancelled. Variants of this have been seen with bogus eBay purchase completion notifications used for credit card data theft.

However, in this case the company website seems to exist since 2003 already. We think a more likely explanation is that some vigilante, who does not like the idea of of US residents being able to buy fake photo IDs in Canada is trying to get this website shut down by making it appear that it is involved in credit card fraud.

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Message example:

From: <>
To: <emailaddress>
Sent: Thursday, 10 February, 2005 8:45
Subject: Order Completed


Your Credit Card has been billed for 2 novelty ids.

Quantity: 2 Arizona novelty ids

Price: $95.00 each
$15.00 US for express handling

Total: $205.00

Shipment in 3 business days to your billing address.

If you did not make this purchase with your credit card, reply to this email filling out the details below for verification purposes and your purchase will be canceled.

Credit Card Billing informationís:

Billing Name:
Billing Address:
Credit Card#:

WHOIS details for domain "":

connected to [] ... 
 Hc Graphics
 #322 916 W. Broadway
 Vancouver, BC V5Z 1K7

 Domain name: NEWPHOTOID.COM

 Administrative Contact:
    Robinson, Dale
    #322 916 W. Broadway
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 1K7
 Technical Contact:
    Support, Technical
    Coppull Enterprise Centre
    Coppull, Lancashire PR7 5BW
    +44.1257794911    Fax: +44.1257794911

 Registration Service Provider:
    +44.8457606128 (fax)
    HomepageUniverse may be contacted for domain login, DNS changes, and
    all general domain support questions.

 Registrar of Record: TUCOWS, INC.
 Record last updated on 23-Jun-2004.
 Record expires on 18-Feb-2006.
 Record created on 18-Feb-2003.

 Domain servers in listed order:

 Domain status: ACTIVE