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Ridiculous and unknown request for money

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Ridiculous and unknown request for money

Received email, authentic looking from PayPal requesting $7500 U.S from someone I've never heard of. Do I just ignore? But I wonder how he got my details 

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Re: Ridiculous and unknown request for money

@davidian1 

 

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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Re: Ridiculous and unknown request for money

Thank you for your response. The email was addressed to my full name with a 'God bless message. ' It cited a transaction number that didn't appear to be click able. On checking my PayPal account the request was there so I clicked 'cancel ' and hope that's the end of it.