PayPal Scams
Are You The Next Victim?

PayPal Scams are are on the increase and are a threat to our pocket book and can leave us vulnerable to identity theft.

Paypal scams and identity theft online is big business.

PayPal is one of the most used, and popular ways to pay for an online purchase.

Because PayPal is so popular it has also become increasingly used by scammers.

PayPal is used by not only hundreds of thousands of people, but many of these people are criminal “phishers” that’s only “career” is to steal sensitive personal and financial information of unsuspecting consumers.

  • I, and many of my friends have recently received new Citibank and PayPal phishing emails.
  • The emails try to entice or scare the recipient to visit websites that are fake.
  • The sites capture your personal information and leave you open for identity theft.
  • The emails look like the “real deal” and very official. You would never know that the email you just received is a scam.

On the other hand, many of the emails are similar in looks to the nigerian scams which have numerous spelling errors.

  • Don’t be fooled by these imposters. Don’t delete any of these emails you receive.
  • If you think you have been sent an email that is a fraud, forward the entire email, (including the information in the header), to spoof@paypal.com.
  • Don’t click on any of the links in the email or requests to fill out any forms.
  • Your personal information will more than likely lead to the nightmare of scams that lead to your identity being stolen.

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Another take on a PayPal scam is one that originated out of Florida.

Two hundred dollar invoices were sent out to over 5,000 PayPal users who were supposed to have sent spam to Florida residents.

The email will tell you to remit, in full, a certain amount of money; and, if you don’t, it may result in collection proceedings, and possibly actions taken by the courts for the collecting of the debt.

These fake emails were sent by people working for the company. The people were caught and notices were sent to the potential victims that the emails were bogus.

I have stated that I received an email from my own bank that looked like an official document.

The email told me there was a problem with my account and the bank wanted to verify certain items to take care of the problem.

This email asked for my date of birth, Social Security number and many other personal information items.

  • I knew my bank would Never ask for any type of personal information through an email.
  • I didn’t respond to the email, but called my bank to double check to see if there was a particular problem and forwarded my email to the appropriate section of the bank.

People fall for this scam; that’s why they are so successful for the scammer.

Protect yourself against PayPal scams and other scams with the tips supplied below.


Tips On How To Protect
Yourself From PayPal Scams

  • When you open a new web browser to go to PayPal or log in to your PayPal account, type https://www.paypal.com.
  • Make sure you pay attention to the email greeting.

A PayPal scam includes many different salutations such as “Dear PayPal Member” or “Dear PayPal User”.

  • Emails sent by PayPal always use your business name associated with you PayPal account, or your first and last name to address you.
  • If you think you have been sent an email that is fraudulent, please forward the entire email (including the information in the header), to spoof@paypal.com.
  • Every spoof reported to PayPal is investigated. You will get an automatic response from PayPal that may not address you by name.
  • If you receive an attachment from PayPal scams in an email sent to you, it will more than likely contain a virus that will either compromise your PayPal account or harm your computer.
  • Emails from PayPal will never have you download a software program or an attachment.

Be aware of using legitimate sites. Make sure you check out their security and privacy seals before you do business with any certain website.

  • Never, ever share your PayPal password with anyone. Representatives from PayPal will never ask for your password.
  • If you believe your password has been compromised, immediately change it and contact PayPal.
  • Always choose a password that is not obvious such as birth dates or nicknames.
  • This type of choice is known by too many people and is easy for a scammer to figure out.
  • A password should use a combination of numbers, symbols and letters.

Always create a very unique password and make sure you use different passwords for multiple sites you log on to.

The likelihood a thief can gain access to your account by learning your password multiplies if you use the same one over and over.

  • give anyone personal information; PayPal will notify you in an email if they require information from you and request you enter the information only when you securely and safely log into your PayPal account.
  • To protect yourself from PayPal scams, become a Verified PayPal member.

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Hopefully you will use the tips I have provided to keep you safe from PayPal scams and many of the other scams, that are wrecking havoc with our lives and identity.





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