This sounds like a legal question. Who is responsible for the crooked actions of others? The unsuspecting but complacent/trusting "victim", the company and service that makes such a scam possible in the first place (paypal), or even the company that further facilitated the process with unusual and novel cards that no one knows what the F*** they are (google). Hmm....well....lets blame the one whose easiest to identify and has the least legal clout....that'd be the everyday paypal user! Here, Ill start: 1. You should have known that paypal doesnt shell out enough to put their companies correct number on google. 2. You should have know that crooks can buy out google for the top search result for something as ubiquitous as paypal. This is definitely the everyday persons problem. Definitely not paypals of googles, let alone the the scammers. With all that said, I got scammed myself, and I feel it was a very expensive lesson and reminder to be a little more vigilant on the internet and especially in regards to information regarding money and personal data. I feel like Ive been pretty good, but not good enough apparently. Maybe paypal should hire more people.
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Friends I regret to say this happened to me. I looked at my google search history: "paypal customer service" right before an outgoing call in my phones history that is not the paypal service number. I called the number and they told me to verify buy buying a google play card $100. I did so and I regret it dearly. They said the card didnt work and to do the process again, this time with $500. I contested and they were very courteous and explanatory, and because I was linking a bank account I actually believed them. There were clues, yes, but I think I wanted to believe them because the Paypal website was rejecting my attempts to link my bank for the previous 2 days. He even sent me texts with the same 6 digits as paypal 729725. I lost 600 dollars. I feel foolish, and I do not know what to do, so I am posting on here to hopefully get a clue. This is their "help line" [Removed. Phone #s not permitted] after using it I could still use help. I called them today and asked them to verify via email they were paypal, and the young man on the other end got extremely nervous, shaky voice. He sent me an email from (at-pay pal .com) which was clearly not an official email. If they are able to hack google to get their number as the first link, and then send emails with paypal endings, they are quite sophisticated, but I did certainly goof, buying those play cards. I got spoofed.
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