paypal email scamWe are all very busy at this time of year and might overlook these bank phishing scams, such as the Paypal email scam 

They are clearly hoping to catch us off guard at this time of year, when we are all rushing around spending money.

Paypal email scam

This is what I received – this is a fake email pretending to come from Paypal  paypal email scamLuckily Gmail sent this fake paypal email straight to my spam folder, so most people won’t get caught out.

How can we tell its fake a Paypal email

First look at the address it came from – i@city.websitewelcome.com – not paypal.com  – however some scammers do get email addresses that have paypal in it so don’t be fooled by that either.

Secondly – it says Dear Member, not my name

Another thing to notice is the spelling mistakes, this is often the case with phishing emails and this one that says its from Paypal is no exception.

Until we here from you…..

Also when you hover over the button that says Update your account now, you can see that it doesn’t go to Paypal at all.  (this url shows at the bottom of your screen) When you are using paypal you should always see https://www.paypal.com/ at the top of your screen.

See here for more information on What is a phishing email

This comes from Paypal themselves

You’ll know that an email is not from PayPal when:

  • The email uses a generic greeting like ‘Dear user’ or ‘Hello, PayPal member.’ We’ll always address you by your first and last name or the business name on your PayPal account.
  • The email requests financial and other personal information. A real email from us will never ask for your bank account number, debit or credit card number etc. Also we’ll never ask for your full name, your account password, or the answers to your PayPal security questions in an email.
  • The email asks you to provide the tracking number of a dispatched item, before you’ve received the payment into your PayPal account
  • The email includes a software update to install on your computer.

If you’ve recieved an email like this you can forward it directly to spoof@paypal.co.uk and then just delete it from your inbox.

If you have clicked on the button, or entered in any information contact paypal or any other bank immediately