Scam targets PayPal users

Scam targets PayPal users

Violet Field inHigh TechJan 6, 2021 2 min read3 views

A massive phishing campaign is currently targeting users of the service

Scam targets PayPal users - Geeko

Internet users raised the alert this weekend after being the target of an attempted PayPal account scam.

The email in question evokes suspicious transactions, which would have been carried out with the user's account. It encourages the Internet user to click on the link to verify the transactions and “unblock” the account.

In the email, the user can find several details about the transaction: the time when the transaction was carried out, the name of the beneficiary, the delivery address, the transaction ID, and the details of the command.

Scam targets PayPal users - Geeko

The email stands out from other fraudulent emails by its (almost) impeccable spelling, the presence of a PayPal logo, and a professional layout.

Many clues

However, several elements make it possible to identify the scam: a spelling error has slipped into the first line, the merchant's note mentions a "payment by invoice" (unlikely on PayPal) and the address used is a " @proximus ”. Remember, if there is a problem with your PayPal account, you should logically receive an email from an @ Paypal address, and certainly not from a Proximus address.

If you received this email, delete it. In general, it is advisable to verify the identity of the sender before opening an email. If you have any doubts, open the service mentioned in the email via a Google search on a new web page to verify through your account whether there has been fraud or whether your account is really blocked. Avoid at all costs clicking on the link embedded in this type of e-mail. Most of the time, these techniques are used to retrieve personal data, hack into an account, or gain access to an online payment service.