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PayPal Phishing Scams

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PayPal scam e-mails normally involve a link on which the user must click. The link takes you to a server where you have to supply sensitive and private information including credit card numbers, your PayPal account number, pin numbers and passwords. This information is supposedly needed to update or verify your account, but this is a BIG lie, PayPal never sends out e-mails to verify the information of their members. Below is a list of common characteristics that you can look for when you get e-mails like this. This makes it easier to verify whether the e-mail is legitimate or not. Rule of thumb: E-mails asking for any personal information are always fraudulent.

If you received an e-mail that appears to be from PayPal and you are unsure whether it is legitimate or not, forward the e-mail to and they will be able to tell you. If you are not a PayPal member, you can conveniently ignore e-mails like this. For what reason will PayPal want to contact you if you don't have a PayPal account, never applied for one or never did any business with them?

Visit the PayPal Security Centre for more information.

Below are links to copies of typical PayPal phishing scam e-mails. Note that the original formatting of the e-mails was preserved and this is more or less how they look when you open them. We have disabled the links in the e-mails because they point to dangerous locations that may result in identity theft, financial loss or they might infect your computer with viruses or spyware.

PLEASE NOTE: PayPal is NOT responsible for these e-mail scams. Organisations and individuals pretending to be PayPal initiate them., PayPal, and all related logos are either trademarks or registered trademarks of PayPal, Inc., or its licensors. Cyber Top Cops is in no way affiliated with PayPal.

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