Have you ever thought you received a Paypal phishing email, but you weren’t sure? Have you ever wondered what you should do if you receive one? Well, I recently was the recipient of one and I wanted to share my experience with you.
Paypal Phishing Email
Last Sunday, I purchased a pair of shoes online and paid for them with the funds in my Paypal account. Later in the day, I received an email with the title “Your account has been limited until we hear from you.” It showed that it came from email@example.com. So, I opened to see what was wrong. It told me that they had notice some “high risk” activity in my account and that my account was being limited until things were resolved. A resolution would just happen to involve some additional information.
Immediately, I was put on high alert with this email. I scrolled down and noticed that it had two links for me to click on. Given that I’ve had my account hacked in the past, I decided not to click them and instead to open a new tab in my browser and to go directly to the site myself. When I logged on, I noticed nothing amiss. I even checked for any issues and didn’t spot any. Once I investigated a little further, I realized that this was not really from them, but rather it’s a Paypal phishing email.
Here are some clues that it’s a Paypal phishing email:
- The email began with “Dear Customer.” The Paypal fake emails page says that any email from them will always list your first and last name or business name.
- When I hover over the sender’s email, it reveals that it’s actually from an Outlook email and not Paypal.
- The links are bit.ly links, rather than direct Paypal links. I didn’t click them as I hovered over them and realized this (thankfully).
- It asked for more information about my account and recent transactions. Paypal already knows my information.
Once I was sure that it was in fact a Paypal phishing email, I decided that I ought to do something about it. So, I looked around their site and realized that Paypal has an email account set up for receiving possible spoof emails. In order to report a suspicious Paypal email, simply forward the unaltered email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I did this and have yet to hear back. However, given all of the above, I’m fairly certain it was spam.
I think the best advice I can give anyone is just to be on alert whenever you receive an email from sites and don’t click their links. Whenever possible, go directly to the site in a new tab on your own.
So, have you ever received a Paypal phishing email? What did you do?