3 Responses to Phony PayPal Emails On the Rise

  1. Regina Ellis says:

    I have received several of these phishing emails. My policy is NEVER click on a link in an email. If I want to check an account I use the saved link in my Bookmarks or Favorites list. That way I KNOW what site I’m visiting.

    • Great work, Regina. We’re sorry to hear you’ve received many of these emails, but really glad you are careful. It’s always best to go directly to the company’s web site that you saved elsewhere (as you mentioned) or keep in mind that its fine to contact the company that is “supposedly” emailing you to confirm whether or not they are truly behind that email! I’m sure they’d appreciate the heads up as well. 🙂

  2. Kev says:

    If you check the senders address {FROM} carefully you’ll see the mailto:
    of the actual sender. It comes from a convoluted email address that ends
    with pay3032.com. Obviously this is not how PayPal would send an official
    email. Always check the {FROM} line.

    An additional thing to check is the {TO} field. Often you’ll see something like
    “undisclosed recipients” which lets you know that it was a mass email using
    BCC: instead of CC:. Companies NEVER do this… except (sometime) for
    internal communications.

    ALSO… Paypal has an email address where they want us to forward these
    “spoof” emails to– they try to track down the culprits. I don’t remember the
    e-address right off hand but it’s listed on the PayPal site.

    Hope this helps
    Kev

    Chicago Marketing Consultants

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