Paypal Scam News:
There seem to be a new email phishing scam targeting PayPal users every week. The latest will “inform” you that your bank account has been restricted, and tell you what steps to take to fix this problem. Well, it is a fake.
Usually, a phishing scam email will have a fake story that is designed to lure the victim into clicking a link or button in the email or calling a phone number. Any such phone number is often premium rate, and the call can end up very expensive.
The sender is trying to steal your identity by tricking you into revealing your password or other personal information, either by phone or by clicking links to external websites where complete forms asking for personal details.
Tips for PayPal scam identification
Most of the phishing scam emails have links that look valid, but take you to fraudulent sites instead. Here is what you should do: Open a new window in your browser, type https://www.paypal.com and log in to your PayPal account directly instead of clicking on link in the email body.
Don’t trust an email address. It’s pretty easy to alter and is not an indication of whether the email is real or not.
PayPal will never ask you for the following personal information via email.
Pin numbers or bank account numbers
Your full name
Driver’s license number
Social Security number
Credit and debit card numbers
PayPal will never email an attachment or software update to install on your computer. Never install attached software or even open an attached file, because It is not safe and it could be spyware or a virus.
Below is an sample of a fake PayPal email for your reference. (We have kept the images disabled as this is what they mostly look like in your inbox)
How to avoid being scammed
Remember that PayPal will never ask for personal information in an email. They will not send you email with links for you to click, nor will they send software or files to download.
If you are in doubt, just log into your PayPal account by going to their website without clicking on any links in emails, to verify what is happening for yourself.
PayPal is committed to keep their users secure, and are doing a lot to try prevent phishing and fraud.
ICONFIX Email Id Software
They are offering Iconfix Email Id Software which can help reduce phishing by confirming whether you received a legitimate PayPal email. After Iconix eMail ID has been installed, you’ll see an Iconix eMail ID icon (a gold lock with a tick) whenever you receive authentic emails from PayPal. It’s free and it works with most of the major email services like Gmail, (Google Mail), MSN Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook Express, and many more.
To find out more, log in to Paypal, go to “Products and Services”, then “Safety Advice”, next go to “Safety Tools”, and finally “Email Identification”. You can read more about it here, and also download your free copy.
If you are a Gmail user, you can simply enable an icon which will only show up when an email is from PayPal (or eBay). when you receive an email from PayPal , you will see a key icon next to the message in your Inbox. Only legitimate PayPal emails have this icon so if you get an email claiming to come from PayPal and you don’t see the icon, it’s not from PayPal. Dont open it, just delete.
To enable this feature in Gmail, go to ‘Settings’, ‘Labs’, then tick the Enable box next to the ‘Authentication icon for verified senders’ option and click on ‘Save Changes’.
So finally to recap: Do not click on links in emails even if it seems to be from a company or sender you trust, it may be a scam. Delete the email, and log on the usual way instead. Dont call PayPal from a number given you in an email, it could be an expensive premium rate number, and a criminal on the other end of the line keen to get your private information. Go to their website and find out what number to call if you need to contact them. Check out PayPals safetey pages, you will find there is a lot of useful information and free software to help keep your inbox safe.
The Omniquad Team
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