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World Health Organization COVID Fund Invoice Scam

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Scam Requests

Can someone explain why i keep recieving scam requests for money from people using paypal accounts?

Surely Paypal should have some filters in place or at least add a warning to the request like " This request comes from someone you don't know"

It would be very easy to accidently click on pay now by mistake.

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Re: Scam Requests


@AnthonyARG wrote:

Can someone explain why i keep recieving scam requests for money from people using paypal accounts?

Surely Paypal should have some filters in place or at least add a warning to the request like " This request comes from someone you don't know"

It would be very easy to accidently click on pay now by mistake.


Because Paypal allows a user to invoice any person with an email address, whether they have a Paypal account or not. This is a heavily used feature and Paypal has no way to "block" it unless they were to remove it. Your email address is likely publicly available if you have ever signed up for any app, service, or account. A great place to get an eye-opener is https://haveibeenpwned.com/ to see all the places where your information has leaked out.

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Re: Scam Requests

To new posters:
-Advice from Paypal Support is inconsistent and sometimes outright incorrect.
-Neither your account, nor Paypal, has been "hacked" because you received an invoice.
-An invoice is NOT A DEBIT FROM YOUR PAYPAL ACCOUNT. You can simply not pay it.
-The WHO is not sending out unsolicited invoices for donations on any payment platform.
-ANY PAYPAL USER CAN INVOICE ANY human with an email address. This is a popular, heavily used feature of Paypal. Paypal allows invoice senders to use any logo or image they attach, as well as link to any website they wish. As you might imagine, this has potential for abuse, just as your physical mailbox can receive a fraudulent bill. Thus, no invoice should ever be trusted on this platform unless it is from a party you are expecting a bill from for the amount you expect the bill to be.
-A Paypal coding bug causes the cancel button to not work on the web. The invoice senders did not disable it. To cancel any unwanted invoice: At the end of the URL after you click the button to cancel the invoice manually type ?action=cancel and enter. Using the website, you should then be able to cancel this fraudulent invoice.

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Fraudulent Invoice

Why am I getting a invoice from world health covid relief fund??? I owe them nothing.

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Re: Fraudulent Invoice

@lkdement 

 

Its a SCAM, just ignore it and don't pay it.


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Re: Fraudulent Invoice

I received a fraudulent invoice from "The W orld- COVID-19 Relief F und (5315)" as well....a scammer impersonating the WHO.

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Re: Fraudulent Invoice

Me too. Don't ignore it, report it to Paypal

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Re: Fraudulent Invoice

@heywally 

 

You don't need to report it, paypal are well aware of the scam and advised folks to IGNORE it as its not genuine.

Anyone that has your email address can send you an invoice, does not mean you need to pay it OR that your account was hacked.  


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Re: Invoice from WHO for Covid19 relief

Me too. Never received anything like this and it's a big deal. This can't be the real WHO ....

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World health organization

I recieved an invoice from world health organization but in the first part it says april <removed>. How many other people received this?