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Fake PayPal emails

(Hobbitgirlie1880) #1

Hello everyone
I hope you all had a lovely valentine’s day.
I just wanted to let everyone know iv had two fake emails saying they are PayPal
Asking me to update my bank details.

I have rung PayPal and told them about the emails as they didn’t look right.
And it was confirmed that they were fake.
I just wanted to warn everyone just incase.

PayPal said Thier emails would always be addressed to you as these were addressed to member then my name.
They also said they would always specify the account Wich they were contacting you about.
And the email address. Would be from PayPal Europe. I was also told they don’t put link buttons on Thier emails.
I hope this helps.

I just wanted to let you know.

(Pauline Hayward) #2

I’ve had those sort of emails in the past and always deleted them without even opening them. My hubby is in IT so if its anything to do with Paypal I always ask him first and he knows exactly how to tell if its fake or not.

(Stephanie Guy) #3

Thanks for the heads up @hobbitgirlie1880

(Eileens Craft Studio) #4

Yep real one’s from paypal will only do it when your card is due to expire, there’ll be no link in the email and it will be addressed to you by name.
It will ask you to update your card details.

Any thing else is a scam.

(Hobbitgirlie1880) #5

Yep that’s what I was told yesterday.
It’s the first time iv had those type of messages. I worry about things like that me and my partner had our bank card cloned over Xmas they stole over £1000.
It’s all sorted now but makes you abit conscious of everything.

(Deborah Jones) #6

we have been getting quite a few of these recently supposedly from banks , saying that the account has been frozen due to suspicious activity - sign in via the link button to clear up the problem.
It seems like the scammers have stepped up their activity recently.

it is important to stay vigilant and suspicious .

(Joy Salt) #7

There Is a safe way on a PC / laptop by which you can open and check suspect emails if you’re using ‘old fashioned’ email programs - eg Outlook, Windows Mail (but not web based mail like gmail / googlemail)

Right click the email
Select "Properties’
Select "Details"
Select “Message Source”

You will then get all the internal bits of the email displayed and there are usually some pretty strong hints in there as to whether it is valid or not. Certainly enough that you can select a bit of text to google it to see if it has been reported by someone.

I had a quick look for a suspect one in my deleted folder and found one :

From :Barclayscard …(note the extra S)
Title “Credit Limit Increase”

This is immediately suspect because we don’t use Barclaycard but I had a look inside using the method above to find

(Not sure if the .ru - Russia or Romania but it sure has heck has nothing to do with any bank account I hold !)

From: Barclayscard
Not many UK people I know spell transaction with a Z

Your Barclaycard credit card limit is due for £3000 increase to be credited to your account. Please follow the link to agree you want us to proceed with this increase.

Very generous of them to credit me with £3000 into an account I don’t have with them :smile:


(Website something to do with racing in the French Camargue - not going in there !)

So I also googled the text about the increase and sure enough already reported as a Scam / spam. see :

I Never open emails which are even slightly suspect without first checking like this via the right click.

I have therefore Never infected any of my computers with a virus or any other nasty from an email I’ve opened and I’ve also never clicked on any link in any suspect email which would take me somewhere I really would not want to go !

It is always better to be safe than sorry and 99.9% of Paypal emails you are not expecting are not Paypal emails.