PAYPAL LOGIN SCAM & IDENTITY THEFT - How NOT to be a victim of scammers and what to do if you have been.
These scams have been around a long time, however they have been increasing as of late. Since most regular ebay users have a paypal account this information may be very valuable.
Here's how it works:
- You may receuved an official looking email regarding receipt of a PayPal payment from your account.
- When you open it, the contents present an authentic looking PayPal statement will appear.
- The statement details an item that you HAVE NOT bought or even looked at, and will be for a more than nominal amount.
- On this invoice/statement there will be a button that states something like "If you did not pay for this item click here", on the premise that you will be opening a dispute.
- The next page you will see will be a VERY authentic looking PayPal login page, familiar to all PayPal users.
- After entering account, password and login button, you will land on an empty link and you may even backscreen and make another attempt.
- What you have essentially just done is furnish an unscrupulous individual with access to your paypal account and all banking items that may be linked to it, including a wealth of personal information.
- In doing this make sure you login with the link that is available on the left column of your my eBay page, as this is probably your most secure link.
- You should access your PayPal account from your eBay page.
- Keep in mind that these type of scams are very hard to detect and for the most part are originating outside Australia, from cybercafes and untraceable IP addresses.
You can never be sure when you receive an email that the person or entity is who it purports to be. The risk of providing information, clicking on links or downloading material is too great. You may well be providing information to an identity thief or downloading a keystroke logging malware program that will steal all of the information from your computer. If you have any concerns about your PayPal account, use this secure link to go directly to the real PayPal with any questions you may have : "paypal.com/cgi-bin/helpscr?cmd=_help&t=escalateTab"
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