How Scammers Target Your PayPal Account & How To Never Fall For It

Yaara Lancet 14-12-2012

paypal scamsPayPal is one of the most important accounts you have online. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a huge PayPal fan, but when it comes to your money, you don’t want to play around. While getting your Facebook account hijacked is a huge annoyance, it’s nothing like getting your money stolen out of your PayPal account. And the Paypal scammers know this too. That’s why PayPal is one of the most targeted accounts for phishing and scams – there’s real money to be had.


Having a strong password for your PayPal account is important, of course, but most PayPal account break-ins don’t happen because your password is not strong enough. You might be surprised to learn that many account breaches happen when users provide their login information voluntarily. Sounds crazy? This is exactly the way PayPal scammers work. While PayPal does offer security in these matters, you are very much better safe than sorry. So be informed on how scammers can target your PayPal account, and be sure you know exactly how to avoid being scammed.

And be sure to read our article on how Android malware can empty your PayPal account Warning: Android Malware Can Empty Your PayPal Account Want to know about cybersecurity threats in December 2018? Check these astonishing stories of hackers and malware. Read More :

Fake PayPal Emails

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Fake PayPal emails are insanely common and surprisingly original. Every time I think I’ve heard it all, I read about a new variety of these phishing emails. And they just keep getting cleverer and more sophisticated. Fake PayPal emails can claim any of the following:

  • Your account has been limited due to an unauthorized transaction.
  • You’re entitled to a refund.
  • You’ve received a payment.
  • You’ve sent a payment.
  • You need to verify your account.
  • You need to provide information that will help protect you.
  • You need to confirm your email address.
  • You need to update your account information.

And so on and so forth. These are just the most common examples to the very persuading, worrying and tempting ways Paypal scam artists can get your attention in these fake PayPal emails. But what can these emails do to you? It’s usually one of three things:

  • Persuade you to enter your login information on a fake website.
  • Persuade you to call a fake customer support number and provide your login information.
  • Trick you into opening an attachment which will install malware on your computer.

So we know these emails are common and persuading, and we know they’re pretty dangerous, so how can you still protect yourself?

Recognizing Fake Emails

1. Look at the sender’s address.

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When you get an email from PayPal, always check the “From” field to see who sent it. Many times, you’ll find ridiculous yet confusing things like,, etc. Sometimes it will even be “”, but looking carefully will reveal this is just the name of the sender, and the address is quite different.

In some cases, though, the Paypal scam artists are very smart, and the email does seem to come from the right email address for all intents and purposes. But don’t worry, you still have ways to find them out.

2. Look at the email’s greeting.

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A genuine PayPal email will always use your full name or business’ name in the opening. If you see something like “Dear PayPal Member”, “Dear PayPal Customer”, “Dear Customer”, “Hello”, “Dear member”, or anything to that effect, ignore it. This is a sure sign you’re dealing with a fake email.

Does the greeting say “Hello <your full name>”? Continue checking the next points to make sure.

3. Are there attachments?

Does the email ask you to “see the enclosed attachment for more details?” Is there anything at all attached to the email? If so, feel free to ignore it. Genuine PayPal emails never include attachments, and will always prompt you to log in to your account to see whatever you need to see.


No attachments? On to the next sign.

4. Are there links? Check them.

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If you look at your genuine PayPal emails you’ll find that most of them don’t contain links you need to click at all. This includes notifications of sent payments, money transfers, and others. Some emails, such as notifications about received payments or signing up for preapproved payments will include links. If you do see links, a great way to verify them is to hover over them and see where they actually lead (without clicking!). All genuine links will lead to***. If you see anything else, including the correct address in a non-secure website (http:// instead of https://), don’t click it, and ignore the email. Most scam emails will include links to fake websites, as this is a great way to steal your login information.

You can also examine the link’s text. Does it say something like “Click here to activate your account”? Or “Confirm my account”? These are most probably fake. But don’t ever rely on text alone, always check where a link leads to in order to make sure.

5. Does the email ask for personal information?

Does the email ask for any personal information such as credit or debit card numbers, bank account details, driver’s license number, email addresses, or passwords? Ignore, ignore, ignore. PayPal will never ask for any personal details in an email.

6. Grammar and spelling

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This is a no-brainer, but it’s nonetheless important. Many of these Paypal scam emails are written in bad English and include grammar and spelling mistakes. Naturally, genuine PayPal emails don’t have mistakes, so this is a quick and easy way to tell them apart. Another telltale sign is the use of punctuation marks. “Attention!”, “Your PayPal Account has been limited!”, “Thank you for using your bank account!” “Cancel transaction!”, are all signs of a spoof email.

I Found A Fake Email, What Do I Do?

As I’ve said over and over again throughout this post, the best thing to do with these fake emails is ignore and delete them. If you want to help others avoid similar emails, you can forward the email as is to, and then promptly delete it. This will inform PayPal of the scam.

Fake PayPal Websites

Fake PayPal websites are an extension of fake emails, and are usually linked to within these emails. A fake PayPal website can look identical to the real PayPal, but when you try to log in, it will simply steal your username and password. Even if you’ve gone ahead and clicked a link in an email, not all is lost. Unless the website you’ve reached contains malicious scripts, you can still escape the scam.

Even if the website looks exactly like PayPal, stop for a minute and look at the address bar. Do you see this?

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There are three things you need to look for:

  • Are you actually on a website?
  • If the address is actually, is it also https?
  • Do you see the lock symbol (doesn’t appear in IE9 or lower)?

If all three (or first two, if you’re using IE9 or lower) are present, you should be safe. However, always be sure to check these on the page you’re actually logging into. Some very sophisticated scams have been known to appear on a genuine PayPal server, and then lead you to another page where you’re asked to log in – this one a fake. So even if everything seems in order, make sure to double check before actually entering your login information.

Note: the green verification bar might not appear when you try making payments to third-party websites through PayPal. This does not  mean they’re fake. However, you should definitely look for it on any link you follow from a PayPal email.


Avoiding PayPal scams is not hard. To start with, many of these scam emails are already filtered to your spam folder. If for some reason one escapes through, following the tips lined out in this post should keep you safe from any tricks and phishing scams. They’ll also help you spot other online scams such as ghost broking, which involves car insurance fraud.

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  3. Carol
    December 17, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Ordered seanphillips PayPal took 36.00 dollars from cc but don’t know who it is?

  4. Tim Gomes
    September 24, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    I have been trying to sell a truck to a guy in Chicago and so far I had to put out 950 to ship , 2500 for insurance on the trucks shipment, and finally 5,000 because the buyers business account is deficient. I feel like I am being scammed. Does anyone have any comments on what I should do?

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    • Pauline Lisk
      August 16, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      I just recieved a e-mail Hong Kong Ting Hui Ltd. is trying to to say they are sending me something for 22.98 and I do not have a Pay Pal account so I want anything from Pay Pal deleted. and this cancelled as I did not order anything

    July 3, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    I'm a pretty savvy buyer but, I got taken on this scam.

    I answered a survey for a recent purchase at a reputable company.
    For completing the survey you could can choose between 4 or 5 gifts.
    You just had to pay for the shipping and handling.
    I ordered a little purse...paid the shipping and handling.
    in ONE DAY i received the purse AND a watch that i did not order.
    No information in the package as to how to return the item.
    2 weeks later there were 2 charges on my account for $98.00 & 99.00 !!
    I called Paypal AND my bank...put a hold on the purchase with paypay and my bank put a stop payment on the other charge.
    However, paypal was still processing the order.
    i called the phone # on paypal's charge info and it was a 3rd party company.. They would not give me the name of the company so I could call them.
    They stated that I had signed up for a MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION where they would be charging me $98.00 & $ 99.00 every month.
    I told them that my bank put a stop on this months charges and i was contacting my lawyer for these fraudulent charges.
    They put up a strong fight with me . I shouted them down and said I was contacting my lawyer.
    They sent me an email cancelling my subscription and refunded my money.
    BEWARE THESE ARE ULTIMATE SCAMMERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Lorraine
    March 17, 2017 at 1:11 am

    I am getting these fake emails almost everyday at present. All saying they are from PayPal. I have just deleted them all out, but some have been very convincing. My daughter is getting them too & she is in another country.
    I am so sick of these people trying to ruin everything for the innocent. Please, everyone just delete all these, & maybe we can delete these scammers out of our lives!!
    Oh, Tracy, I feel for you now. Lets hope you stopped in time.

    • Terence
      May 25, 2017 at 10:06 pm

      The only way is to cancel your PayPal account and cancel your credit card at the same time. PayPal are bloody useless when it come to dealing with any problems. By the time they get back to you all your money could have been drained.

  8. tracy
    March 14, 2017 at 3:32 am

    Ok help what do I do? I got an email from paypay, but found out it wasn't them it said payment confirmation for order ( and a number). underneath it had a box and it said if you did not make this transaction go to recovery my account, which stupid me clicked on the tab, and then it said please confirm this is your account since you logged in from another device. so again stupid me filled out name phone address, SSI and mothers maiden name hit enter then It asked for my card number, which I did not fill out. I closed it. then called paypal he said it was a fake email. Does this person now have all my info?? help what do I Do? I'm scared to death I just gave away all my info.

    • whitney
      December 1, 2017 at 1:52 am

      this just happened to me too. Please let me know if you receive the answer. I closed it out when I got to the credit cared page.

  9. Jan
    February 16, 2017 at 4:04 am

    I've got an email that I bouth an iPhone and it said, if this was not my order click a link which he provided. So I (i was foolish) click the link. Fortunately the page was unavailable but I am still worrying if some mallware downloaded when I click the link.
    ps) I find out clealy that the email i received was a spoof by reading the post. Thank you.

  10. jen
    January 16, 2017 at 8:41 am

    the fraudsters are using paypal to get your money. you pay through paypal because you trust paypal to do their jobs and then you get not back. contacting paypal is possible. there is no help or reporting this to them. now im thinking that paypal are the fraudsters.

    • Johnny
      July 18, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      You're right, Paypal is part of the fraud. They do not follow their own policies, and if it means a loss for Paypal, then its going to be a long arduous fight with them. It'll be like trying to debate a rock.

      Learn your lesson, STOP using Paypal and spread the word!

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  12. Fay
    November 30, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    I am currently trying to sell something on Kijiji and I got a text from a Ryan from Edmonton, AB. ( but working on a job commitment in S.C. ) He is trying to get me to use Pay Pal. I told him I needed time to get a store company to accept payment for me. He came back with " how easy it is to set up a Pay Pal acct". He also tried to get me to take my ad off kijiji. Then I get another text from a John from Kingston, Ont. ( but working in on a job commitment in Maryland. I told him I wasn't interested in Pay Pal but he ignored that and used the same words that Ryan had used regarding payment and shipping so I am positive this is some kind of scam but do not know who to report to. Their #'s were ( 587 ) 315-1576 and ( 301 ) 288-5040

  13. David young
    October 20, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    I NEVER respond to anything I get by clicking on the link. I forward it to the spoof address and then go to the official web address. I've had many attempts made but none were successful by this method.

  14. lynn v
    July 26, 2016 at 11:51 am

    I just received an email saying" We confirm that you have sent a payment of $231.25 USD using PayPal. it is my email address but a different person shipping to and we did not order anything using paypal....I am afraid someone is using my account...anyway to confirm and than maybe delete my account?

    • Annette
      December 13, 2016 at 6:07 am

      Hey Lynn, did you make a complaint to Paypal and tell them the situation?

  15. Debbie
    June 20, 2016 at 10:00 am

    I am trying to figure out if I was to receive a payment through PayPal from a person will the check over draft my account if the check is fake ? I'm worried about over drafting my actual bank account

  16. sn0wflakes
    June 18, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    I have received these PayPal scam emails in the past. I never go to any link from any company. If I get an email that may concern me, I open up the net and go directly to that place. There's no suspicious activity, not money credited, my account isn't suspended or limited. I never use a link on any email, even ones from legitimate places. That's the safest thing to do. What ever information is in that legitimate email will also be on the legitimate web site. Best information is to just go to your known legitimate site and it will save you a lot of time and hassle.

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    May 25, 2016 at 7:13 am

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  18. Mike
    May 24, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    I just had contact from a scammer resulting from my Craigslist ad. I'm selling a good camera lens. This contact didn't even ask about it's condition, but instead wanted me to send it to his son in West Africa - he would add another $100 to the asking price but I needed to give him my "PayPal email & Full name so i will send you the payment right now." When I told him I needed his direct email address and full contact information first, he replied he WAS using his direct email address (it was the CL re-mailer address!) and again insisted on my PayPal account info. I finally told him he is a scammer and that I had reported him to PayPal, and I haven't heard from him since. This is the second time someone has contacted me about an item I am selling and wanting me to send it to an off-shore address without concern over the condition of the item.

    Beware if a prospective buyer wants to buy sight unseen and doesn't even ask about the condition. I'm not sure how far they could get with my PayPal email address and full name, but obviously they had something planned to scam me!


    • Maruschke
      August 22, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      I just got the Sam email, I am selling a puppy and this person is insisting that he is a usa marine and can't access the Internet but he squeezed in a bit of time to send me the email, this is what he told me "Hello,
      Sounds good..I'm okay with the price ...I'm ready to buy it now as a gift for my son school ohio, i'm at sea at the moment as i'm a U.S.A soldier and i work with U.S.A marine engineer...Phone calls making and visiting of website are restricted but i squeezed out time to check my email regarding it. I really want it to be surprise for my son i won't let him know anything about it until it gets delivered to him, i'm sure he will be more than happy with it. I insisted on PayPal because i don't have access to my bank account online as i don't have internet banking, but i can pay from my PayPal account, as i have my bank a/c attached to it,Get back to me with your PayPal email and the price so i can proceed with the payment quickly or you sign-up for a PayPal personal account it is very fast and easy to set up. I have a pick up agent that will come and pick it up after i have made the payments. Thanks.


      I told hubby that this is bringing up lots of red flags. Note why would he buy a puppy from NZ if he is in America?

    • Madeline
      May 26, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      Hi Mike... omg, similar with me. I posted an add to sell my vehicle on CL and two other sites. I am getting text messages from people in different states indicating that they interested in car and asking if I have paypal account so they can deposit the money. UGH

  19. Nathalie
    May 11, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    M..........we’re looking out for you

    A device or location recently used to log in appears unusual to us.

    Just to be safe, let’s change your security details to help prevent your account from being used without your knowledge

    Why Paypal asking to change my password and PIN number ?
    is this a SCAM

  20. David King
    May 11, 2016 at 9:21 am

    I've recently received (at 8/05/2016 13:31):


    Notice to ,

    Recently someone used your password to try sign-in to your account.
    We prevented the sign-in attempt in case this was a hijacker trying to
    access your account.

    Please review the details of the sign-in attempt:

    Date : Sunday, May 08, 2016 08:58:37 AM UTC
    IP Address :
    Location : Moscow City, Russian Federation

    If you do not recognize this sign-in attempt, someone else might be trying to
    access your account.

    You should sign-in to your account and confirm your identity immediately.

    Sign-in Now ( blue box with link to '
    NB: pavpal !)



    This email was from: Account Service
    which more than confirmed my suspicions.

  21. Anonymous
    May 2, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Dear Ppl, my kind advise. Please stay away from people who say they can deliver you a product and insist you to make advance payment before delivery. I'm one of a fool who have been in their hands few days back.
    Get to know about them through a local purchase/sell website in India called Quikr and msgd that guy to buy a MacBook. He promised that the product would be delivered after 50% initial payment and I trusted and did the same. But after receiving the advance payment, he created all stories telling that we packed few of the other products also along with yours and only after receiving the rest of payment they can deliver me. I got irritated and asked for his ID proof which he refused to give. I then told him that I found his local accountant details whom we can directly go and raise a complaint to the nearest police station and the reply he simply gave is go ahead. I wondered how a criminal can live so happily in a society wch we feel is much protected. He still uses the same mobile no. And to make others aware of these fraudulents, pls stay away from this guy named Tony with mobile no. +2347089896647 and he used a company called Fancy company USA which is actually there but he is not a part of them.

  22. Alan
    April 7, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Spotting a PayPal scam...

    Look at the typeface and are the 'A's correct? Is it in Italics? are the letters spaced correctly?
    Is the PP logo there?

    Genuine banks use specially designed typestyles so it is not easy to find the exact match

    However, the original can be copied, so be careful

  23. Jasper Cook
    March 15, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    What if my email is the one that's been hijacked.. ie. I see emails sent FROM me, changing my name and masking my actual email address

  24. Ally
    January 5, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    I advertised some furniture on Gumtree. I got a text asking me to contact an email address if I still had it for sale which I did after a lot of text messages they said they will give me the full asking price and asked for my address so they could pick it up. Then they said they will send a courier as she was in a wheel chair ! I then got a text to say they had sent a payment through PayPal, which I did.but they had sent £595 ( I was selling the furniture for £250) they sent another emailing saying they have paid for the courier all I had to do was send £295 via a money gram and the courier would collect. She couldn't go to the post office herself as she was in a wheelchair. I have never heard of a money gram before. I spoke to my son and he said no it's a scam. I rang paypal they also said nothing is pending in your account. I'm just glad I spoke to my son first or I would be £295 worst off. It looked so official.

    • mo
      March 31, 2016 at 12:00 am

      The same people contacted me today for my bed on gumtree, its a scam that's why i am here now doing searches.

    • Joseph Tan Ling Hwa
      April 4, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Dear Ally,

      I also have the same story as you.

      I was selling my golf set in Gumtree. Selling for 450 SGD, but the buyer Peter Wilson sent 1000SGD to Paypal.

      I was requested to send 450 SGD to a shipping company in China,paid through Western Union.

      Luckily I wrote to PayPal and they confirm that is a fake website.

    January 1, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    The Fed's got involved with my case. I recv'd a text from my bank notifying me of suspicious activity (Sunday) and could I verify 3 purchases. Well, I HAD made the first two, not the third. Bank then notified me they were placing a hold on my account. No problem. Then, over email, not less than 2 minutes later, PayPal also notifies me of suspicious activity on my account and I needed to "log in" to verify my identity. (You can see where this is going.) I immediately thought, wow, PayPal is on target. I completed the information... I questioned why the request for SS# and pin#....didn't think they'd require that so didn't complete that portion, and sent off. Checking on Monday...the bank never texted the information. This was very sophisticated scam...initiated from Singapore.....I now have identity guard due to this incident.

  26. tan
    December 30, 2015 at 1:59 am

    i received a mail from freelancer by a person to tell me to use my paypal account to receive his money and for doing that he will give me 10% of the money received as the limit on his account is finished. is it something genuine or bogus???

  27. Derek
    December 24, 2015 at 1:58 am

    I love these emails :-D I always go to the fake paypal website (everything coming to my computer is sandboxed so malware is next to useless against me) and type F*** OFF YOU MONEY GRABBING STUPID C*NTS as my password. Ha then it takes me to the next page, as if my password was right and asks for a LOT of personal information. Which I type pure bull poopoo into. And repeat several times till I get bored. I bet if everyone did as I did these (insert slur here) would give up on their endeavour. Just my 2cents ;-)

  28. Maria
    December 23, 2015 at 7:51 pm


    Just had a scam email off Paypal, first addressing me as my Email addy, EG,

    Dear & asking if i had Autherised a paypal Payment of $65.50 to a Lorrie Verne with her email added, & it would be taken Out of my Bank on the 12/21/2015

    if this was the case my Bank would call me to Authorise the Payment to PayPal

    At the bottem of the email the most awful spealling Error I,ve ever seen..Lol

    So Just sent it to the Phinishing link attached to my email Provider,
    But wish i would have sent to now, Only Just found this page,

    Always seem to get these Scam emails from PayPal I Usually Just delete them,

    So Please Guys be carful & don't be scammed by these low lifes, if your really not sure call your Bank & tell them what has happened, they,d be more tha happy to help you!!

    Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas & a Happy & Prosporous 2016 to you all :-)

  29. Anonymous
    December 18, 2015 at 4:13 am

    I just found a fake Paypal webpage offering Paypal members $10 FREE. All you have to do is login to your Paypal account. The address bar doesn't say so be sure not to enter your login info. I called Paypal and they confirmed the webpage is a scam and they said they currently have no such promotion.

  30. Scotland
    December 11, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Just received one and boy did it look real - except I don't have a facebook account with this email and it addressed me with my email address. I did take a second look. Sent it to
    I do wish, there was more to protect us though as can see why people who are time short and perhaps go to the link to cancel is hoodwinked into keying in their details to cancel. The site the link takes you too looks very much like paypal with all its livery etc... Except, when you look at the browser, it is definitely not paypal and it does not have that wee lock icon.
    Please be careful all.

  31. Stacey Burkholder
    May 29, 2015 at 4:39 am

    I've been getting these emails every day. They always tell me my account will be closed if I don't verify my information. I've been reporting them to PayPal but I want to know how to stop them.

  32. Jasmine
    May 15, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I just got an email today saying that they are investigating a paypal payment reversal case. I hadn't done any refunds etc recently either. But boy, the whole email does look very real if you do not look into the fine details. Anyway, since it's in my spam, I could just assume it's a scam mail. Good article by the way!

  33. Renee Meissner
    May 13, 2015 at 3:06 am

    Beware of text messages from 508-772-2558. this is a scam and they try to get your paypal address. When I asked if their shipping address matched their paypal address they stopped responding with me.

  34. michaela
    April 13, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    I have been asked to set up an account by a potential buyer they asked for my paypal email, full name, firm price, zip code and cell number. Is this information that the purchase would need?

    • Jborn Black Starr
      May 28, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      Did you ever get a response for your question, it's funny because my wife and I are selling a valuable item on craigslist and I received a text message asking me to respond via email only, when I did he asked us for that same info: Paypal email: Full name: Firm price: Pick up address: Cell phone number: It seemed innocent, after all what can he do with that information, but then I knew he had my number already so why would he ask for it again in the email. After all he initially texted me?

  35. JERRY
    March 18, 2015 at 3:24 pm


  36. Anon
    February 8, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Just had an email telling me I'm near my limit and need to verify my details. Be alert people. the scammers are still out there.

  37. Robert
    May 31, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Oh those dirty Romanians and Nigerians are still on the prowl asking so nicely for your Pay Pal account.

  38. Jumbybird
    April 25, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    If you don't have a pay pal account...........

    April 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm


  40. rakingmuck (@rakingmuck)
    February 4, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    I am dealing with a nightmare! A company posing as a trusted Twitter vendor hacked my Pay Pal Account ( for 13 months. Because the amounts were small I did not notice. vicconsult claims to provide an auto tweet service, which by the way, I would never use. Now this guy is threatening and harassing me and Twitter is doing nothing.

    • Yaara Lancet
      February 5, 2013 at 6:38 am

      Twitter is not going to do anything about it, I don't believe. Did you try getting help from PayPal? If you can show them your account was hacked and this is happening without your consent, they might agree to help.

  41. dragonmouth
    January 31, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Methinks you protest too much.

    I have read your strident screeds against "PrayPal" and "eBafia" on several occasions. To me it seems as if you are trying to discredit any entity that is not Visa or MasterCard.

    BTW - I am sure that right this very minute there is someone on the 'Net writing equally impassioned screeds against Visa and MasterCard

    While buying and selling on eBay, I have never encountered the problems you claim are so widespread. Yes, there is favoritism on the part of eBay towards their biggest sellers but, while unfair, it is understandable. One always reserves one's best treatment for one's biggest and best customers.

    December 27, 2012 at 10:23 am


    There are three things you need to look for:
    ?Are you actually on a website?
    ?If the address is actually, is it also https?
    ?Do you see the lock symbol (doesn’t appear in IE)?



    • Tina Sieber
      December 27, 2012 at 3:38 pm


      I cannot answer for Yaara, but in regards to your extensive use of CAPITALS, I would like to draw your attention to something called netiquette.

      • Joseph Villa
        December 28, 2012 at 3:02 am

        Thanks for the Information and commenting on this article is another learning experience for me.

        Netiquette is really something new to me and flaming through the use of uppercase letters was never my intention, I actually always do that because it helps me read articles better.

        BTW, I still believe that this article needs some revision and thorough research must be done before writing one.

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 29, 2012 at 7:33 am

      Hi Joseph,

      Thanks for the input, I really appreciate it! You're right, I should have mentioned in the article that I'm referring to IE9 and downwards. Since I'm on Windows 7 I didn't bother to upgrade to IE10, as it's only a preview version, if I understand correctly.

      It's good to know that Microsoft finally added the verification feature in IE10, but the fact is that most users still don't use it, so what I said is still relevant. I will add a noted saying that the feature does exist in IE10, though. Thanks!

  43. Theodore Hammond
    December 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Common sense is your best protection from being scammed by anyone.

  44. Anonymous
    December 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Well, the easiest way to avoid this is simply not to have a PayPal account. So far, I've managed to survive just fine without one. But if you do have one, clearly there is need to use some basic common sense!

    • Doug Foggin
      January 11, 2013 at 9:54 am

      I think that the article as I read it goes far beyond 'basic common sense', Infact the author has been quit specific about what to look for, do or not to do as it applies to the use of ones PayPal account. Thus not having a Paypal Account is not the easiest way to avoid the issue - common sense would seem to be that having a Paypal account is requisite for validating the contents of this detailed and informative article.

  45. Raman Bathina
    December 17, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    A detailed article about how to protect from PayPal scammers.I have recently got a spam message in my gmail inbox named with Facebook and the message is "your Facebook profile has error please login with this page to avoid discontinuation services",and they put an attachment with the name fb.html that is redirected to some fake page.Like this paypal messages are also arrived.

  46. Christine St Syr Griffin
    December 16, 2012 at 2:09 am

    omg thank you i am so saving this article, i just opened a pay pal yesterday and find it a bit confusing, thanks ever so much, christine

  47. Ahamed Yaseen
    December 15, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Needed article for everyone...

  48. Mac Witty
    December 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Still happy to say I have not get trapped. Got a tip early: never log in from a link in an email, always type the ulr yourself

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Yes, this is a good tip. Thanks!

  49. Lynetta R.
    December 14, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I opened a bank account that I use only for Paypal and keep a very minimal amount of money in it and transfer funds to this account when making purchases through Paypal. I never leave very much in my Paypal account. They won't get rich from hacking my account.

    Yes I was hacked years ago and learned my lesson. Paypal is separate from the rest of my banking. I also can say that Paypal told me that I had been hacked before I even knew it. They really are watching out for their customers. They also refunded the money stolen.

  50. Glenn Hyde
    December 14, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Sometimes, I think about what's going to happen when/if the bad guys successfully learn how to spell and use proper grammar ... will inexperienced and gullible users then be able to tell them apart from the real thing just based on noticing bad spelling?

    • cj
      December 15, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      I agree. These scammers probably read all these articles to find out how to do a better job.

      • Yaara Lancet
        December 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm

        Fortunately for us, no matter how hard they try they'll never really be PayPal, so we can always know for sure at the end.

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 16, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      That's pretty funny. :) I find it surprising that most of these scam email still use bad grammar and spelling. I mean, come on, put a little effort into it!

      Of course, bad grammar shouldn't be the only thing you look for in a fake email, it's just one thing that jumps our immediately.

      • cj
        December 18, 2012 at 6:14 pm

        The biggest shame is that our Jr. and Sr. High schoolers, all the way through college graduates, use such terrible grammar, punctuation and spelling that it's getting harder and harder to tell who is really educated here.

  51. Roomy Naqvy
    December 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    I have been very cautious with PayPal and have also reported few PayPal scam emails to PayPal but I am happy you wrote this article. A number of people fall for scams and this is certainly useful.

  52. Sanjeev Jain
    December 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    We just need to use our common sense to be safe on internet.

  53. Alex Perkins
    December 14, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks, gotta keep an eagle eye for these scams!

  54. Abba Jee
    December 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Bundle of thanks :) worth reading article :)

  55. Damien Garcia
    December 14, 2012 at 8:37 am

    This article was kinda scary lol but helpful. Thanks for the heads up!

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 16, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      No need to be scared, just open your eyes, use common sense, and you'll stay safe. :)

  56. Xantes
    December 14, 2012 at 7:51 am

    And not lastly - if you don't already have one - do install a router and activate it its firewall! You might be surprised of this advice but you'll be a whole lot more protected by a lot of dangers the are coming from outside of you Internet connection!

  57. El Geko
    December 14, 2012 at 4:23 am

    There is a very simple way to avoid problem.
    When you receive a mail from Paypal (or else), never click no link from the mail and go, in another window, straight to your account, as you usually do.
    Then, doing this, you're not linked with the mail and if there's a genuine problem (or info) that Paypal wanted to tell you about, it will be listed in your account anyway.
    When I have a doubt, this is what I do. Never click a link from the mail, always go to the site straight from the browser.

    • Sanjeev Jain
      December 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      Thanks for your suggestion.

    • Yaara Lancet
      December 16, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      This is definitely an excellent tip. Thanks!

  58. Anonymous
    December 14, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Good article, and timely. I just spent the afternoon setting up a client with a commercial Paypal account, and hopefully this might slow the inevitable phone calls I'm going to be getting (once I go live with the shopping cart)!

  59. Lee
    December 14, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Nice article. This is definitely something to keep around so I can forward it to someone if they need to know if an email's fake or not (or even just as a general precaution).