My gullible friend lost $75 to a swishing attempt on his Paypal account: Crafty scammer tactics!

Just received a text from +441677423518 stating my PayPal is blocked for "security reasons", apparently I bought something from a website that is flagged as a fraudulent site. They're asking for a $75 "unblock fee" and want me to call +447500936299. 🚫📵 Scammers are getting crafty. When I log into my account it seems all is good. Has anyone else also experienced this?


  • MorningcoffeeIV
    MorningcoffeeIV Forumite Posts: 1,296
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    edited 4 August at 11:59AM
    That's a very 1990s type of scam. I thought scammers had gone a little more hi tech than that!

    They'll be sending you chain mail next. ...
  • dunstonh
    dunstonh Forumite Posts: 114,234
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    As mentioned above, that type of scam is an old long running one.  You see variations of it all of the time.

    I am an Independent Financial Adviser (IFA). The comments I make are just my opinion and are for discussion purposes only. They are not financial advice and you should not treat them as such. If you feel an area discussed may be relevant to you, then please seek advice from an Independent Financial Adviser local to you.
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