Be careful about Paypal phishing scams
You have always thought that Paypal is one of the safest methods for paying your online purchases, isn’t it?
Yes, you are indeed right but that does not mean that you should give away your credit card details everywhere on the web. Not even login using your Paypal credentials. Yes, you should be careful not to enter these details onto fraudulent web sites, more or less identical to the genuine one.
People are always looking for new ways to commit frauds, through various methods including the rather famous “You have win $10,000,000” emails or through any other mails. While Nigerian scams are much known nowadays, other forms of phishing/scam exist where people create fake web sites/mail addresses to ask for your credit card details/login credentials.
A mail from “Paypal”
Today, I was quite surprised to receive a mail on behalf of Paypal, claiming that access to my account has been restricted. On top of that, it was written in French. This was pretty weird.
Scrolling downwards, I found a link and a mouse hover allowed me to display the masked link towards some fraudulent server, identical to Paypal.
The aim of this email is to get you
- Log into the fake web site using your real username/password
- Enter your credit card details into the fake web site
Because this email seemed so real and ‘official’, non-geeks users might easily get trapped. So, this sounded to be a good topic for the blog.
A few small tips
- NEVER trust the “From” email addresses.
It is so easy to fake anything in there.
- ALWAYS verify if any links are actually hosted on the actual site (paypal.com) and not some other site/ip address (screenshot above).
- If you get weird mails asking for your passwords etc, do not hesitate to contact the company (banks for example) to inquire why and report the mail.
- Whenever you are SUSPICIOUS about the identity of a web site/person, keep yourself away or ask for advice around you.
- IMMEDIATELY suspend your credit card(s) in case you suspect having entered your details onto some fake site.
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