PAYPAL Spoof, be careful what you open and do not click on anything in this type email.

Discussion in 'Financial Cents' started by HK_User, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    Just received an email, from PAYPAL, but it,is not from PAYPAL!

    Sent it to Paypal and they agree.

    Always check the sender's email address for validity.
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  2. Altoidfishfins

    Altoidfishfins Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    I gotten so many of those, reported them to Finally I closed my PayPal account because they wouldn't stop. Haven't gotten any more since. Sounds like an inside job.

    They're fairly easy to spot because of misspelled words, words used out of context, and in general bad English. The English had been getting a little better by the time I closed the account.
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  3. Asia-Off-Grid

    Asia-Off-Grid RIP 11-8-2018

    Odd. I haven't received one in years. I have two PayPal accounts. One is for the US; the other for Australia.
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  4. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    I used to get them, and I don't have a paypal account.
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  5. runswithdogs

    runswithdogs Monkey+++

    I get them all the time along with all the bank ones, "Your order" ones and like a dozen others, I never click links on them.. in the odd instance that I think it might be legit.. I just go directly to the website & log in that way.. if its legit it will let me know on login (never happens...)
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  6. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Same here.
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  7. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    I have avoided PP like the plague since years ago I had two occasions of credit card theft, directly attributed to PayPal. Another attempt later after killing PP and getting yet another new card.
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  8. mysterymet

    mysterymet Monkey+++

    I’ve had issues with my apple pay too. You never know these days. I have one credit card that I use for online stuff and watch it like a hawk. I’ve had to change it’s number before because of suspicious things.
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  9. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    However, the concept of using PayPal is a good one especially for our electronic payment modern world. The idea of having one place with your credit/debit card information rather than a hundred different organizations lowers your odds of being hack but of course the one place has to have solid security and reliable employees.

    What I do is I use PayPal and I have two banks. One bank is my main bank where a good chunk of my cash resides and I have credit/debit cards and checks to access it - but I don't use it unless it is absolutely necessary. The second bank with checking/debit card also, has a small amount of cash and it is where all my purchases and bill paying goes through so if that is hacked, it would hurt but not be catastrophic. When funds get a bit low then I transfer money from my main bank. PayPal is also paid from here. I also limit my chipped debit card to maximum $2500 but been think of lowering that even more, perhaps $1500. I don't have a credit card on this working account. I figure this is the best I can do at this time is to limit my exposure.
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  10. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    I had an issue with PayPal back before they merged with eBay... where they held some Account Money for 2 years... I finally sued them as one of many in Class Action Suite, and got my money unFrozen... After that mess was cleaned up I dumped that CC and Bank Account that they knew about, and setup a single CC that has a small Line of Credit (500US) specifically for PayPal, and NEVER tied that to any other Bank Account, other than that CC.... I pay off that CC as soon as the charge gets posted, with a InterBank Transfer of Funds, from another Bank, that I can do from my computer... Never had an issue since, even after the eBay/PayPal split-up... I do not have any other accounts with the Bank that does that CC, so even if the Bank wanted to mess with me they have no other way to get into my other Banking Institutions.... This works for ME...

    As far as eMails from Banks, and PayPal... Since I run my own eMail System, I have specific Banking eMail Addresses for each specific Banking Institution, as well as PayPal, so if the eMail doesn't come from the matching eMail Address for that Bank, I do not even see it, as they go into the BIT Bucket, by Rule... All these different eMail Addresses get forwarded to one of the two eMail Addresses, that get forwarded up to my local eMail Server, here in the Alaskan Bush... Not Easy Piezy, but it has worked for Me for many years...
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  11. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    Mine was as near correct as you could get.

    NTL I'll not even suggest what the tip off was.
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  12. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

    the crooks send em to everybody whether they have a paypal account or not

    though sometimes they can be personalized n targeted

    yall be real :cautious: :cautious: some of the fake emails can appear to be legit, the crooks are getting real gud at this :( :cry: :mad: :mad:
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  13. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    The sooner you send it to the owner of the site attacked the sooner they kill the deal.

    I once had a theft of a card. Person purchased a "Breast Pump" from an Az site, to be shipped to Cn. It was a Sunday Morning and we killed the deal instantly.

    Same card was used by a gamer, all local and the card was used in a small town eatery, just the night before.

    Thieves abound in the WWW
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  14. natshare

    natshare Monkey+++

    Just practice the rule of thumb that I constantly tell/remind people of:

    No exclusions, no excuses. Chase Bank has probably the best anti-theft/anti-fraud departments, of any bank I can think of, off the top of my head. Hell, one time, when I was flying, we landed, and I turned my phone on. Immediately had a text from Chase, stating that a suspected fraudulent charge was made on my credit card, to such and such place, for such and such amount. Now that's proactive!

    But you know what? When I get an e-mail from them, asking me to log into my account for whatever reason, I still delete the e-mail, then open a new tab in my browser, and TYPE IN the url, for their website, in order to log in. It's really the only way you can be 100% certain that you're not being scammed.
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