Posts Tagged: ‘paypal scam’

Scam of the day – August 15, 2015 – Paypal email phishing scam

August 14, 2015 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

Today’s Scam of the day comes directly from my own email and I am sure it has turned up in yours as well.  PayPal is a popular payment service used by many people particularly with eBay.  Therefore it can seem plausible when you receive an email that purports to come from PayPal asking you to update your credit card information.  However, anyone responding to the email copied below would either end up providing credit card information to an identity thief or merely by clicking on the link could download keystroke logging malware that will steal the information from your computer and use it to make you a victim of identity theft.  DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK.

“Account User,

The credit card in your account has expired; you are required to update your payment method to keep your account active.

Rectify payment method today by following the link below:

You can always add a new card


This particular phishing email is not particularly sophisticated.  It comes from an email address of a private person rather than that of PayPal.  The address used, most likely is that of someone whose email account and computer was hacked in order for the identity thief to send out these phishing emails in mass quantities. It is not addressed to me personally, no logo of the company appears anywhere in the email and the language of “rectify payment” is somewhat inappropriate.  It is a pretty amateurish attempt.


The primary question we all face when we receive such an email asking for credit card information or other personal information that may appear to be legitimate is how do we know whether to trust it or not.  The answer is, as I always say, trust me, you can’t trust anyone.  Regardless of how legitimate such email appear, you should not provide any personal information until you have independently verified by phone call or email to an email address that you know is accurate that the request for personal information is legitimate.

Scam of the day – December 12, 2012 – PayPal holiday scams

December 12, 2012 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

Many people use PayPal for safe online holiday shopping which is why scammers and identity thieves often pose as PayPal in an effort to steal money or the identity of their victims.  The scam generally begins with an email that purports to acknowledge payment by you for something that you have obviously not purchase.  A link in the email, however, is provided if you wish to dispute the charge.  Don’t click on the link.  As I have told you many times before clicking on links which you are not sure are secure places you in danger of identity theft by taking you to a website where you are prompted to provide information that can make you a victim of identity theft or even worse, clicking on the link can result in your downloading a keystroke logging malware program that will steal all of the information from your computer including passwords, credit card numbers, bank account information and your Social Security number.


If you receive such an email, remember that you can never be sure when you receive an email whether it is legitmate or not.  If you have any questions, you should contact the company, such as PayPal directly through their official website, an email directed to an address that you know is correct or by phone at a number that you know is correct.  It is also important to remember that PayPal and other legitimate companies will not ask for your Social Security number or PINs.