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Help! Was this a Text Scam??

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Help! Was this a Text Scam??

I just received a text notification that suspicious activity was on my account from Senegal.  I have never before received a text from PayPal and the link for me to click was not PayPal related.  

I think this is a scam but is there a way on PayPal to see pending charges and block them? 

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Re: Help! Was this a Text Scam??

@northside14850 

 

Yep looks like a typical spoof so NEVER USE ANY LINK.

Firstly if the email/text addressed you as ''Dear Member'' / ''Customer'' / ''Client'' OR your ''email address'' then that confirms its a spoof as paypal would address you by your full name eg Dear John Smith.

Secondly if there was a link OR attachment in that email/text to ''cancel'' any transaction or ''confirm'' any details then again it would be a spoof.

If there was a problem with your account Paypal would not ask you to click on an unsafe link in an email or by downloading an attachment, they would direct you to log in normally and go to the resolution or the message centre for more information.

More info here >>
https://www.paypal.com/us/selfhelp/article/how-to-spot-fake-emails-faq2340/2
https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/security/suspicious-activity


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