Warning – Beware of PayPal Scam Emails

I received an email from PayPal yesterday afternoon. It was about a restriction on my account. While reading the email and noticed two things. First, their email address was pay@bills.com. Secondly, I spotted grammar mistakes. 

Alarm bells rang!

I logged into my PayPal account. There were no messages about my account being restricted.

I’m sharing the email with you. Because, I don’t want you to fall for this scam.

Below is a copy of the fake email.

 

From: pay@bills.com
Subject: Your Account Has Been Limited PayPal ID PP-658-119-347
Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2014 00:48:02 +0100

 

Identity Issue PP-658-119-347 Secure Transaction
Please complete the attached form to verify your Profile information and restore your account access.
 
 
Personal Information Profile
Make sure you enter the information accurately, and according to the formats required.Fill in all the required fields.

 

Dear customer ,
As part of our efforts to provide a safe and secure environment for the online community, we regularly screen account activity. Our review of your account has identified an issue regarding its safe use. We have placed a restriction on your account as a precaution.

 

To lift the restriction we will require some further information from you.
If, once we review your further information and we’re confident that the use of your account does not present a safety risk to our service and customers, we’ll be happy to reinstate your account. 
We have sent you an attachment which contains all the necessary steps in order to restore your account access. Download and open it in your browser. After we have gathered the necessary information, you will regain full access to your account. 
We thank you for your prompt

Very sincerely,

PayPal Review Department

I called PayPal to report it. They asked if I clicked on the link. I told them that I didn’t.

They said I did the right thing.

PayPal sent me an email with a number of things to be aware of.

I’ve listed them for you below:

  • The fake one is a phishing email. They use them to collect your personal and financial information. Clicking on the link takes you to an illegal website. It’s a sneaky way to capture bank account details, account passwords, passport or driving licence number, credit  or debit card numbers etc.

 

Below are some signs to look out for from scam PayPal emails :

  • They don’t use your real name. They address emails to ‘Dear user, Dear customer, Hello PayPal member’. PayPal addresses you by the business name of your account or by your first and last name.
  • They ask for your personal or financial information. PayPal do not send emails asking for your account password, answers to security questions, bank account, credit or debit card details. Nor will they ask you to verify your email address or full name.
  • They usually include an email attachment or software update for your computer. 

 

Take note of these security tips:

  • PayPal do not ask for tracking numbers of items you post, before your account is credited.
  • Do not give anyone your PayPal password.
  • They don’t send emails asking for your financial information.
  • Check the URL in your browser. It should be https://www.paypal.com. The ‘s’ means it’s a secure website.
  • The URL of a fake website may have PayPal in it. But that doesn’t mean it’s the correct site.
  • The address bar should have the ‘lock’ symbol. It’s a sign of a secure website.

 

Next time you get a suspicious email looking like it’s from PayPal, beware. There are many bogus companies online. They want to steal your personal information. Be extra careful about emails that appear in your inbox. Especially those asking you to click on links. Sometimes they contain viruses as well.

Have you ever fallen for a scam or phishing email? How did you deal with it?

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Author: June Whittle

I'm based in London, UK. I’m a freelance writer, blogger, copywriter and ghostwriter. I’m the founder, owner and main writer of Miraculous Ladies. The definition of miraculous is ‘remarkable and bringing very welcome consequences.” You are a remarkable woman. Is fear stopping you from going after your dreams? I didn’t let fear stop me from chasing my dream. I quit my (safe) teaching job in return for a life of self employment as a freelance copywriter and blogger. Live your dreams. "If you can dream it, you can do it." ~ Walt Disney

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20 Comments

  1. Hi June, Thanks for this valuable information. I didn’t receive the spam e-mail. But got an sms from UK Lottery scammers, saying my number was a winner. Ring the alarm! I deleted it immediately. It’s good to share this. Regards, Clover

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    • Thanks for letting us know about the scam lottery text message Clover. We really need to be alert. A lot of people fall for these types of scams because they’re not aware they’re bogus. Elderly people are more at risk.

      When I saw the email, my first reaction was that it was real. That’s until I read it properly.

      Thanks for sharing yours Clover. We need to let people know about these cyber criminals. :-)

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  2. Dear June,

    This is very important for us all. Hm, scamers or phishers etc are psychopaths and they know no limits. You are doing us all well by sharing such valuable information.

    Hugs, Marie
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    • Hi Marie,

      You’re right. They know no limits and will do anything to rip people off. We need to know the signs so we can protect ourselves.

      I had to share this information because some people are not aware of these scams.

      Thanks for stopping by. Hugs to you too Marie. :-)

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  3. I get these all the time June but the reason I know they’re a scam is because they’re sending them to my email addresses that aren’t connected to my Pay Pal account. They’re idiots in my opinion but I guess others fall for that stuff and no telling what happens.

    I report this stuff to Pay Pal though because they’re trying to cut down on these types of things but I’m sure it’s hard to catch them all.

    I’m sure those that have almost clicked on these will appreciate knowing that they’re just scams.

    ~Adrienne
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    • This one actually came to the email address that’s connected to to my PayPal account. That’s why for a split second I thought it was real, untill I read it.

      PayPal sent me an email address to forward the scam email to. There are too many scams online these days. It’s awful.

      Thanks for stopping by Adrienne.

      Have a good week. :-)

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  4. Hey June,
    That was a right decision not to reply to those thieves.
    I have had many of such mails. Just look at the reply-to address. It’s often completely something else

    NB: This is true for all online systems. If you are not very sure of the sender of any mail to your inbox, take a loo at the email set in the reply-to field. That’s the email set to receive the information requested.

    I have received some mails from service at paypal but the reply-to points to an individual’s address. thieves

    Thanks for the alert
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    • Hi Enstine,

      You’re right. The reply to address had nothing to do with PayPal. Thanks for letting us know about checking the address of emails we’re not sure of. This advice is very useful, “If you are not very sure of the sender of any mail to your inbox, take a look at the email set in the reply-to field. That’s the email set to receive the information requested.”

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. :-)

      Have a good week.

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  5. Very important information June. There are scammers around ever corner these days. When I see an email if I don’t know them or haven’t subscribed I just hit delete.

    Thank you for sharing this email about paypal scam.
    Debbie
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    • There are people who work hard for a living and people who want to scam others to make a quick living. It’s a shame that innocent people who are not aware, fall for these scams.

      Unless you’re aware, you could easily be deceived and click on the wrong links. I had to share this to alert those who are not aware of what’s going on.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment Debbie. :-)

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    • Thanks for you advice Mainak. To be honest, I wasn’t aware of the salutation issue with PayPal scammers. But, after speaking to a member of staff at PayPal, they gave me a run-down of what to look out for. You’re right, we do need to be careful.

      I appreciate you stopping by and commenting. :-)

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing this, June!! Seems like we have to be extra careful with our emails and personal information. Glad you were able to catch this and realized it was fake before any real damage took place!!

    Thanks for sharing what to look out for. It seems that we have to always analyze and research what receive before opening it!
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    • You’re welcome Jennifer.

      You’re right! We have to be on the ball all the time when it comes to emails. Isn’t it a shame that we have to be so careful with stuff that comes into our inbox? Gone are the days when we could open emails without worrying about being scammed.

      Thanks for stopping by Jennifer. It’s good seeing you again.

      Have a great weekend. :-)

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  7. Hi June

    I believe I got one of those also, but did not click on anything, besides they used the wrong email account. I got an email from my bank which looked correct, but I never gave them that email address so I knew it was not from them. Down in the bottom it had “Started here” …incorrect English, as a bank would never let something out like that. My husband once got an email from our bank with an alert. He didn’t click on it but went straight to the account online and there was an alert, so he called the bank. So it was a bit of a surprise when I got something, so we went online to see if there was anything there. But knew it had to be wrong as I never gave them an email address.

    It takes all kinds in the world to rip people off. The other day my husband gets a call from a guy saying “Hi Grandpa” we had to laugh as we do not have a grandson. Besides if he wanted money he never would have been so bubbly…I guess he needs to work on his approach!

    It is wise for people to be aware of these scam artists, they will come from almost anywhere and try anything to steal from you.

    Mary
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    • Hi Mary,

      Welcome to my blog and thanks for commenting. I nearly fell for the scam because it was sent to the email that’s connected to my PayPal account. But after reading it, I was suspicious.

      It’s a good thing you and your husband are aware of the different types of scams out there.

      How could someone call and claim to be your husband’s grandson? Even if he did have a grandson, surely he would know his voice! :-) It’s amazing what they do to try and get money.

      Have a nice day. :-)

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  8. Hi June,
    Thank you so much for this great alert, i too used to receive such email notes but I generally ignore such ones. This is indeed a timely alert to your readers.
    I am so glad i landed here today via one of my blog friends. Will come back again to check more.
    Keep informed
    ~Philip
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    • Hi Philip,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it. :-)

      We need to let people know about scams. Those who are not aware are becoming victims.

      I hope to see you again soon. Have a good weekend.

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