Paypal email scam...

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by Bill Mac, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. Bill Mac

    Bill Mac Forum Resident Thread Starter

    So. ME USA
    I received an email that looked to be from Paypal yesterday. The email message was "Account Suspended" and that I needed to log on to my Paypal account to reactivate it. A link was provided which I declined to click on. I went to my Paypal account and logged in as I normally do. The account was not suspended and there were no messages of any possible issues. I forwarded the scam email to Paypal so they are aware of it.

    Unfortunately I fell for a similar Paypal scam about 6-7 years ago. I had to cancel all credit cards and the checking account associated with Paypal. It was a real PITA but fortunately none of the accounts were compromised before being closed. So when I received this email from "Paypal" yesterday it didn't take long to see it was a scam. But I can see how one can easily be tricked (as I previously was) by these types of emails.

    This issue is probably nothing new but I wanted to bring it to the attention of fellow SH members. It's a sad commentary on todays world but one has to be on alert at all times and be aware of possible scams around every corner.
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  2. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    Greater Vancouver
    You did the right thing Bill. In this modern unprivate existence we have there's absolutely no room for laziness or stupidity.
  3. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Forum Resident

    It's a common scam.

    Most of them rely on the user clicking on a link or filling out information which is sent to nefarious parties. Never click on any email sent links from financial institutions.

    No credible bank or financial organization will ever contact a person by email regarding the status of their account. It'll be by regular mail or a phone call. On that phone call, you can sense whether they are fishing for info or genuinely are confirming your info to relay important news. You can always double-check the phone number online and call back instead to be safe.

    OP did the right thing by foregoing the clicking of the link and instead logging into his PayPal account the regular way to verify its status.
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  4. tmtomh

    tmtomh Forum Resident

    Excellent advice. Not clicking any link in the email - and instead going directly to the web site as one normally does and logging in that way - is the best way to avoid issues.
  5. Brian Hoffman

    Brian Hoffman Obsessive fanatic extraordinaire

    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Great advice, this happens pretty often. I noticed recently that I got a legit e-mail from some company about changing my password. The way I knew it was legit? It did not have a link to click on but told me to go to their website and had instructions on how to change the password.

    I always hover over the link in an e-mail to see where it's coming from, out of curiosity. One time I saw it was a middle school in Missouri. I looked the school phone number up, talked to the front desk and essentially told them I needed to speak to whoever ran their web site. I finally got someone on the phone that seemed to have a clue, explained that someone was running a scam site on theirs and within about 10 minutes they must have found it and shut it down because it stopped responding.
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  6. thetman

    thetman Forum Resident

    I get these emails and I don't even have a PayPal account.
  7. quicksrt

    quicksrt Senior Member

    City of Angels
    I got a phone call about a credit card account that I in fact have. The caller sounded very professional and there was nothing to suspect a scam.

    I was asked to confirm that I am the account holder - and to provide name, address, and account number of this bank account being referred to. I did give this out. And then he asked mother’s maiden name, and that was when I flew off the handle at him and said “I don’t know who the F you are, or if you are from my bank and even if you are from my bank you have a lot of nerve to ask that question on the phone. I do not have to prove anything to you, you are the one who needs to prove who you are! You got that! Now you prove to me I am speaking with a real bank representative! He stayed professional and I think asked for other less personal info if I’d rather not give our mother’s name. I told him to F-Off and slammed down the phone.

    I never heard back and guess it was a scammer. But this man was smooth and sounded like it was important- like he was preventing fraud.

    Just goes to show that the phone calls are just as bad as email scams or can be.
  8. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Forum Resident

    Never provide that info when called. THEY should confirm it!

    Take down the number and check online if it's genuine, then call back.
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  9. lv70smusic

    lv70smusic Senior Member

    San Francisco, CA
    Yes, the scammers don't know which accounts you have, but they know that when they send out a ton of spam that some of the recipients will have the account being referenced. All it takes is some people being fooled to make the effort worth it to them.

    I love when these things come to my work phone or email, which I never use for personal business. Just yesterday I got a text from "Chase Bank" saying my account was suspended and that I needed to click the link in the text to reconfirm my account information. I do happen to do some business with Chase, but they don't have my work cell phone number and, even if they did, I am smart enough to know that they wouldn't send a text there asking me to log into my account. When there has been reason for Chase to contact me regarding suspected fraudulent transactions, I have received phone calls to my home phone as well as emails.
  10. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    Greater Vancouver
    :agree: My elderly Mother fell victim to this nonsense because they had all of her personal information as you describe and she doesn't use the internet or even a credit card. Fortunately she had a gut feeling and contacted a neighbor who took her to her banks and changed all information the next morning. It's a scary world out there these days.
  11. sw61139

    sw61139 Well-Known Member

    What pisses me off - my quite well-known credit card company sends me REAL emails reminding me to activate card rewards. It involves clicking on a link in their message. How many times have we been warned never to do that, no matter how real the message looks?
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  12. rebellovw

    rebellovw Forum Resident

    Some times the emails are not a scam - I for instance - won a BMW!!!

    Dear BMW Enthusiast,

    Your email address has been selected as the winner of the 2019 BMW
    Online Promotions Lottery after over 250,000 email addresses was drawn
    from all the continents of the world which your email address was
    selected as the winner, you have been awarded with a check prize of
    US$500,000.00 and a brand new 2019 BMW 7 series car.

    Contact our online management with the below email for more information.


    Bernhard Kuhnt
    CEO BMW New Jersey
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ
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  13. R. Totale

    R. Totale The Voice of Reason

    I could accept all the "little old lady got scammed" stories, except I'm a little old man who has had internet access since 1995 or so. After 20+ years of commonly available internet and constant phishing phone calls, if you haven't acquired basic common sense about what not to believe online or on the phone I'm sorry, you haven't been paying attention.

    Pendleton: You're an idiot!
    Tim: That's not nice, Frank, say you're sorry.
    Pendleton: I'm sorry you're an idiot.
  14. quicksrt

    quicksrt Senior Member

    City of Angels
    The could potentially have some info on your and it not be a mass spam of emails sent. When a company gets hacked like ebay or a credit reporting agency, scammers can get some names and card numbers, sometimes email addresses. After that, they need some more info, and can go fishing.

    So you see how they can be one password or maiden name away from opening another card in your name, or tapping out your paypal account through ebay.
  15. ScramMan2

    ScramMan2 Forum Resident

    Portland OR
    Before you click on anything look at the email address of the sender.

    I get these from PayPal all the time, even before I had an account.

    Another one that is ripe is from Apple.

    Then of course that Nigerian Prince.

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