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Watch For Scams Newsletter, Issue #0018 - PayPal Scam
November 02, 2009

PayPal Scam

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PayPal Scam

You may receive an email that appears to come from PayPal, who are an online payment and transaction service.

The email advises you that your primary PayPal email address has been changed, and that if you did not initiate that change, then it provides a link and instructs you to contact PayPal by logging in.

The email is not from PayPal, and is trying to get you to click the link in the email, so you can be taken to a fake website that looks like the PayPal site, and then steal your PayPal username and password, and possibly other personal information such as your credit card details.

The fake websites the scammers create are almost perfect replicas of the genuine websites, and next to impossible to pick the difference, except for the actual web address that will appear in your address bar on your browser.

PayPal has been targeted regularly in the past as the scammers try to obtain other users account details so they can run fake auctions, and lodge fake bids. If they collect any other personal information, they may commit identity fraud.

PayPal is popular by scammers because their business is solely internet based, and communicates with its customers by email.

We have a dedicated web page on our website on PayPal scams that provides more detail if you are interested.

If you receive email from people or organisations you don't know or trust, don't open them, and don't click on any links or attachments. If you are unsure if the email was sent by PayPal, when you reply, type Paypal's address in the address bar to avoid being sent to a fake site designed to steal your personal information.

If you are a victim of an online scheme, please notify the IC3 by filing a complaint at

Remember - always watch for scams!


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