Avalanche of fake PayPal emails

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Praise, Vent & Warnings
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Praise, Vent & Warnings
Just a heads up to anyone else who uses PayPal I've been receiving at least 3 fake emails a day for the past week claiming that my personal details have been changed, I immediately forwarded them to PayPal and contacted them by phone to check my account was secure.

PayPal confirmed that the emails were fake and that the scammers have been working over time over the past month, sending out 200% more phishing emails than usual
So be very alert if you think an email is fake. DONT reply to it
DONT click on any links in the email
NEVER disclose your personal info in an email
FORWARD the fake email to. [email protected]
And contact PayPal ASAP BUT DONT USE THE CONTACT DETAILS IN THE FAKE EMAIL

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  • Le_KirkLe_Kirk Forumite
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    I recently (last week) sent some phishing e-mails to PayPal [EMAIL="Spoof@paypal.com"][email protected][/EMAIL] but did not get a personalised e-mail just the standard automated reply.
  • theonlywayisuptheonlywayisup Forumite
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    Just a heads up to anyone else who uses PayPal I've been receiving at least 3 fake emails a day for the past week claiming that my personal details have been changed, I immediately forwarded them to PayPal and contacted them by phone to check my account was secure.

    PayPal confirmed that the emails were fake and that the scammers have been working over time over the past month, sending out 200% more phishing emails than usual
    So be very alert if you think an email is fake. DONT reply to it
    DONT click on any links in the email
    NEVER disclose your personal info in an email
    FORWARD the fake email to. [email protected]
    And contact PayPal ASAP BUT DONT USE THE CONTACT DETAILS IN THE FAKE EMAIL

    I think you mean [email protected]
  • donnac2558donnac2558 Forumite
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    Le_Kirk wrote: »
    I recently (last week) sent some phishing e-mails to PayPal [EMAIL="Spoof@paypal.com"][email protected][/EMAIL] but did not get a personalised e-mail just the standard automated reply.

    You never get a personalised reply. I just delete without reading
  • hollydayshollydays Forumite
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    I've had a slight increase in them over the last two weeks, eg
    " Your account Paypal will be closed in 48H"
    " we've disable on your paypal account until hear from you"
  • JReacher1JReacher1 Forumite
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    Just ignore/delete them. The email address on these is always ridiculous.

    If you fall for them you deserve to be defrauded!
  • MorglinMorglin Forumite
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    I have never used PayPal, and am inundated with them - I just "spam" them.

    Lin ;)
    You can tell a lot about a woman by her hands..........for instance, if they are placed around your throat, she's probably slightly upset. ;)
  • Le_KirkLe_Kirk Forumite
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    donnac2558 wrote: »
    You never get a personalised reply. I just delete without reading
    PayPal confirmed that the emails were fake and that the scammers have been working over time over the past month, sending out 200% more phishing emails than usual....
    That's what I was refereeing to as I only received the standard automated reply but BushBaby seemed to get a personalised one.
  • Le_Kirk wrote: »
    That's what I was refereeing to as I only received the standard automated reply but BushBaby seemed to get a personalised one.

    After I telephoned them to check my account
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    After I telephoned them to check my account

    Most people recognise these spoof emails immediately, the fact that you had to phone paypal probably meant they were concerned that you were perhaps new to all this, and felt they needed to give you extra reassurance .
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