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Possible Scam Email

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Possible Scam Email

Hello everyone so on Saturday I received an email from <removed> and the message reads:

 

"Dear Customer,

Your PayPal account is used to pay $ 403.00 for items from eBay. We take security very seriously to protect your PayPal. therefore your account has been limited. To activate your PayPal account, you need to verify your identity. To complete the process, click on the following link to access your account and continue with the verification steps which will be followed by the terms and conditions.

 

If you do not verify your account within 24 hours, your account will be permanently limited.

Grazie,

PayPal."

 

I've checked my bank and nothing of that amount has come out from eBay so far (not even pending) so I'm guessing this is a trick to get me to click the activate button in the email so they can get my personal details/password. Has anyone had similar emails or can confirm that this indeed is a scam? 

 

Many thanks.

 

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Re: Possible Scam Email

@Ambrose2kFuture 

 

Yep sounds 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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