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Published Oct 24, 2003

Urban Legends Reference Pages: Inboxer Rebellion (DarkProfits)

Claim:   Your credit card has been used to place an order with DarkProfits.com.

Status:   False.

Example:   [Collected on the Internet, 2003]

Origins:   This spammed message — warning recipients that DarkProfits.com has received an "order made by using your personal credit card information" — is not really a scam but merely another in a series of pranks directed at the DarkProfits web site.

No charges have been placed on anyone's cards. This item is just one more "joe job" prank (an attempt to pin blame on an uninvolved third party by forging messages in their name) intended to get people riled up at DarkProfits.com.

DarkProfits has been targeted by other "joe jobs" — a September 2003 mailing that offered all manner of illegal goods for sale, and one that appeared in January 2004 that announced the recipient's credit card had been charged $149.95 by DarkProfits.com for "1 Month Child Porn Unlimited Online Access." Both of these were just more of the same leg pull.

Last updated:   30 January 2004


David Mikkelson founded the site now known as snopes.com back in 1994.

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