Once again I’ve stumbled upon a site where fake Paypal accounts are being sold. This time on the not so secret or hidden “hidden services” of the Tor Network.

Tor is a privacy and/or anonymity oriented software/browsing project, which has many legitimate uses. But like all things it can be used for other purposes too.

Fake Paypal accounts have been found and exposed so many times now it boggles the mind. Not only have I found them as far back as 2008, but so has Doc of ebaymotorssucks.com, auctionbytes, and krebsonsecurity to name a few. You can see even more here.

This is truly a perennial problem, and an entire sleazy industry. A problem which Paypal seems to deal with best by penalizing and abusing innocent, legitimate users.

The website is located at:

hxxp://5xhp3ntcxfpfd5ig.onion/PayPal_Store_-_Home.html

which I believe you can only access via Tor.

The PayPal Store Home Page

When you click on “about” you are presented with this text:

Hello and welcome to the PayPal Store. Here you may purchase clean/hacked USA PayPal accounts, to use for online/offline black hat activities, etc.

Each purchase comes with a US PayPal account along with the associated e-mail account, fake identity of the PayPal’s “owner”, and optionally a VPN (for extra money). See Prices page for products.

Owning a fake PayPal is a must for black hats, e-whorers, scammers, money laundering, etc. These accounts are newly-created and have never been used, (no balance, etc., not including hacked accounts) and, if used correctly, should never become limited.

The Paypal Store About

The site also has an FAQ page:

The Paypal Store FAQ

The the pricing page, where the payment options are shown as Bitcoin and Liberty Reserve:

The Paypal Store Prices

There’s also contact page with a huge smile image and an email address. I’m not going to show that here.

One thing I’d like to point out here is that I’m not advertising for this website or service. I advise people to NOT get involved with such things. There’s no way of knowing who is on the other end or what you are actually supporting.

If you follow the news, then you know recently there was some sort of international drug bust of cyber-dope dealers. So it’s not out of the realm of possibility this site could be a sting operation of some sort

I’m not looking to start any conflict with users or owners of the site/service either. The purpose here is to alert legitimate PayPal users as to the risks involved as well as the utter dishonesty and hypocrisy when it comes to PayPal, their policies, practices etc.

Do I need to go on and describe PayPal pompous stance on security, or their lackadaisical policy enforcement/application? I could just mention a few things like Wikileaks, the Regretsy kids, constant violations of State Money Transmitter License terms, the current Zimmerman fundraising fiasco, recent articles from The Haggler

Add to that the recent spurt of Paypal employee personal issues: They’ve had 2, count them two people commit suicide, and one get arrested for raping a 13 year old girl. All these things combined certainly don’t instill a sense of well-being to users, and seem to hint at deep dark troubles imo.

You get the idea. I could go on and on about the world’s “most loved”.

I’d like to point out again that the biggest risks involved are in the Paypal User Agreement, (a special arrangement of weasel words longer than Shakespeare’s Hamlet) in that they do NOT guarantee the identity of your trading partner, nor that any transaction will actually be fulfilled, they can (and will) lock your account, seize your funds without having to disclose any reason why. Top that all off with the key phrase “THE PAYPAL SERVICES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND WITHOUT ANY REPRESENTATION OF WARRANTY”

I still advise to steer clear of PayPal (and ebaY too for that matter)

If you have an account, close it down before you fall victim of this unsafe, untrustworthy, scandalous  outfit.