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I received a txt from 729-725 asking the following is this from paypal?
Msg from PayPal: Transaction of -$**.00 USD with The **** **** on May 9, 2017 has been marked as suspicious. Reply "Yes" if authorized or "No" if not authorized.
I did make the transaction but have never received this before and in todays world, one never knows.
It might be valid. You need to do what you can to verify the authenticity of the message. Do the details exactl y match those of your known transaction? How did you make your transaction? What website? From your computer and your own wifi? From a device on public wifi? From a phone or tablet device?
Ultimately, check your PayPal account from your home computer and look for messages and the transaction details. Was it completed? If so, then the message might not have been from PayPal as PayPal would lkely have held the purchase until approved.
"PayPal: Did you recently attempt to make a payment f $50.00 USD? Reply "1" if yes and you will need to reattempt your mayment, reply "2" if no, and the payment will remain declined. Msg and Data rates apply."
I hit 1. Their response came right back:
"Paypal: Payment not completed. Invalid phone number or email. Include area code and please try again. Example: send 50.00 to 415-000-1234."
I did NOT do that. I went to paypal.com. My payment went through fine. My contact info is fine. I received my notification of purchase just fine.
This is SHADY!
I just had the same thing happen, with the exact same message (different purchase amount). The reply to phone number was the same... very suspicious. I've checked paypal acct. and the transaction seems okay (completed)... So where is this coming from, and how did they get the combination of phone and exact transaction amount? Is my PayPal compromized?
Exactly...I had the same message for a transaction I made. Given they had the mobile number attached to the account and the exact amount, I reasoned they couldn't get much, if anything out of answering with a '1'. I did check my PayPal account: no notices, no messages, and the transaction appeared to be finalized.
I wasn't falling for the second message. There was no way. First, how did they send the first text or respond to my text if the number was incomplete?
I changed my password, but question (as mentioned elsewhere) is how did they get this specific information?
Even if they skimmed the PayPal payment receipt confirmation email, that would not give them the mobile number attached to my phone. As accounts are obscurred in eBay, they can't go off of transaction information from an auction and couldn't tie it back to a phone anyway.
Even if they are skimming email, wouldn't PayPal at least investigate how that is happening between their servers and Google servers (in my case) that are logically very close? Why hasn't PayPal put out a notice to users cautioning them about the scam? Twenty-seven people took the time to write about this on this community forum, so the number affected is probably 10 or 100 times more than that.