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pay pal scammers at work

(11 Posts)
infoman Wed 15-Jan-20 06:55:29

Had an an e-mail allegedly from pay pal.
Please don't let curiosity get the better of you,
and ignore the e-mail.

Marydoll Wed 15-Jan-20 07:10:53

In my experience, Paypal scammers, usually address you as Dear Customer.
Genuine Paypal emails address you by your own name.

tickingbird Wed 15-Jan-20 07:37:39

These scammers get worse. I get them on my landline from ‘Amazon’ and ‘BT internet’. Thankfully I know to just pug the phon

tickingbird Wed 15-Jan-20 07:39:59

Sorry this phone always sends before I’ve finished!...... as I was saying, I know to put the phone down and delete any suspicious emails. They do get more and more sophisticated though. I often think what a terrible way to make a living. Absolutely heartless.

Davidhs Wed 15-Jan-20 08:06:39

Do PayPal or companies like eBay ever use postal communication ?.
Has anyone ever had one?.

Greenfinch Wed 15-Jan-20 08:43:12

I keep getting these paypal ones and I don't even have a paypal account ! The Amazon ones are more worrying though as they seem to pop up just after I have ordered something on my credit card.

Nortsat46 Wed 15-Jan-20 08:55:39

Hmm, I just had a phone call on my landline, from someone purporting to be calling from PayPal.
When I queried what she was calling about, she suggested I log into my PayPal account to see what the issue was. I ended the call.

I logged into PayPal on my iPad and can’t see anything amiss in my Account.

Feeling a bit trepidatious now ... in case I did something silly or my PP has been compromised...

Cunco Wed 15-Jan-20 09:05:10

According to Paypal via Google, Paypal do not send letters to postal addresses. They do though share postal address information with the person to whom you are sending money.

Scammers are getting cleverer all the time, matching information about us from different sources to catch us out. I find the TV Licence scam e-mails can look quite convincing to the unwary. The game is to contact a large number of people, whether the e-mail is relevant or not, in the hope that they will catch out a handful. Sadly, they do, often us 'maturer' adults.

I recently heard of a new scam where a courier delivers free flowers as a an incentive for you to subscribe as a regular customer. The only charge is a £3 delivery charge, payable by credit card so that the retailer knows that the courier has made the delivery. The credit card machine is a fake which simply records all your credit card information. This is used, before you know it, to fund a buying spree. blushangry. Simple, as the meerkat might say.

fourormore Wed 15-Jan-20 09:20:25

I use PP only for my ebay bits and I used to get loads of emails from 'Paypal' (NOT) informing me of payments being taken or to be taken etc. - All scams.
I NEVER click on any links but always forward the suspicious email to the Paypal fraud dept ...
[email protected]
I honestly feel there's not much they can do but at least they have been informed and I have always had an acknowledgement.
I haven't had a suspicious one for months now so perhaps they are doing something?
While we have all this technology there will always be 'baddies' scamming even the most astute people sad

Greenfinch Wed 15-Jan-20 10:49:28

I have not heard of the flower scam Cunco but I would not fall for it as I never pay for anything with a credit card apart from online.

harrigran Wed 15-Jan-20 11:21:56

DH had an email supposedly from Amazon yesterday saying they were going to extract money from his card, he has forwarded the email to their fraud department.
Five minutes ago had a phone call to say that my internet is going to be disconnected because of illegal activity, DH took the call but I shouted that I would be disconnected their genitalia if they rang again.