I still can't see what's false about the paypal message, except that there was no added email address, and when I clicked on the link, it did not work. My ebay email goes to a sneak email address dedicated exclusively to ebay traffic, which rolls over to my web-based email server account. Sneak email identifies that the bogus paypal email used my ebay address. My web-based email server had put the bogus paypal notice in the spam folder, and this email was about five days old by the time I scanned my spam folder for anything important before deletion. I think the fact that the bogus paypal email was five days old, made the sender jittery or nervous and they cancelled the reply link by the time I got to it, lest anyone bust them for their criminal enterprise. So it was my web-based email spam folder that stopped them. Otherwise, one click, and I could have been wiped out, with only my bank's 90-day reimbursement of unauthorized charges policy to undo any damage. Evidently, someone got my ebay email address from a past transaction with me, or by some other ebay or Internet data-mining process, although their actual identity remains unknown. I was so convinced that no one could learn that email address who would be capable of trying a stunt like that. I let my guard down and believed that it was a real paypal contact. Being 'one click' away from disaster like that is not my cup of tea, so I cancelled my paypal account. It adds two weeks to the time it takes for anything I buy on ebay to get to me, but so what. Add my story to the litany of other paypal nightmares, this one from which I fortunately woke up in time to look back on it all as nothing more than a bad dream. Thanks to everyone for your warnings. You spotted it so fast. This is posted that others in the 24hoursupport egroup may also profit from my experience. Oe6 -------------------------------------- Protect yourself from spam, use http://sneakemail.com For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.