As even PayPal themselves acknowledge, PayPal users are subject to a lot of phishing emails. So it's odd to see a definitely legitimate PayPal email with a bunch of things you'd regard as pretty strange.

  1. Odd header. Looking at the headers of the message, we can see it's
    DomainKeys and DKIM signed, but then you have a header like:


    Maybe they're giving away a bit much information about how they feel
    about the emails they're sending you

  2. Invalid links. The top of the email contains a "Transaction Id:
    XXXXXXX" item, with the id itself being a hyperlink. Unfortunately
    the hyperlink is wrong, and has an href of:


    So clearly the hostname was accidentally left out.

  3. Mixed case inline URL. The message contains a URL to their help
    page, but the URL isn't a hyperlink, it's just text, and they've
    marked up the URL in a very odd way. It looks like:

    Questions? Visit the Help Centre at:

Put altogether, it's a very odd email to receive, and took a moment and a closer check of the headers to believe it was legitimate.