Paypal...Alarm Bells.

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Paypal...Alarm Bells.

Postby Moya. T.B.F.F.C. » Fri Oct 08, 2010 10:38 pm

I know you are all more clued up than I am...but this email went into my junk mail from "Paypal" ....

This email confirms that you sent a payment for $21NZD to


Amount $21.50NZD
Transaction ID (then a load of letters & numbers).

A review of the transaction raised a suspicion that it may not have been authorised. Click here to cancel this transaction.

When I click (yes I clicked) I got: Warning - Suspected phishing site. Phishing sites trick users into disclosing personal or financial information, often by pretending to represent trusted institutions such as banks.

Options: 1. Proceed anyway. 2. Back to safety. 3. Report an error.

I clicked option 2 (I', not THAT stupid) as I daresay my bank details would have been asked for. Even too scared to 'report an error' :neutral:

Has anyone else had anything like this?
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Re: Paypal...Alarm Bells.

Postby cathy » Sat Oct 09, 2010 10:11 am

I hope you get some help here Moya ... It's very scary - all I know is that Paypal have told me NEVER answer anything unless It say's 'Dear Ms Homann' ... as they always write your name on it ...

I took my card off for years and have only recently been brave enough to put it back on ... xxx
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Re: Paypal...Alarm Bells.

Postby stratobuddy » Sat Oct 09, 2010 10:15 am

I get half a dozen variations per day, including from Paypal.

If it's from a bank or service you actually use it can be difficult to know if its genuine. NEVER use a link they give you to log in, check by going the link you know is real from your favourites.

BTW does anyone know if some scams can actually change the links in your favourites to become phishing websites?
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Re: Paypal...Alarm Bells.

Postby silvers » Sat Oct 09, 2010 1:43 pm

I used to get a lot of these spoofy things, but rarely these days.

But as has been said, and good advice it is, never click on a link in the message to you, always visit the official website and log in securely.

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Re: Paypal...Alarm Bells.

Postby sarah » Sat Oct 09, 2010 2:02 pm

I've 'asked Louise' on Paypal's website. This is what she said:

- Don't click on a link in an email which seems suspicious to you. Always log in directly at
- Look for the 'lock' symbol that appears in the lower right hand corner of the browser. This symbol indicates that it is a secure site.

Our emails will never link directly to web pages that ask you to enter sensitive information like your bank account or credit card numbers.

If you entered any personal information into a suspicious website, report the spoof website by following the steps below:

1. Log in to your PayPal account.
2. Click Security Center at the top of any PayPal webpage.
3. Under Report a Problem, click the Report fake (spoof) websites link.
4. Fill out the form.
5. Click Continue and follow steps provided.

Please click on this link for further information. If you received what you believe is a fake PayPal email:

1. Please forward it to our Customer Service team at
2. Delete the suspicious email and don't click any links or attachments in it.

For more information about how to help protect your personal information, log in to your PayPal account and click Safety Advice on any PayPal page.
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Re: Paypal...Alarm Bells.

Postby Moya. T.B.F.F.C. » Sat Oct 09, 2010 3:02 pm

Many Ta's all. XXX
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