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Paypal warning!

#1
Thought I'd post this to remind people to be vigilant.

My sister was contacted today by Paypal regarding unusual activity on her account and they wanted her to check her bank account and confirm if the activity was herself or a third party. She checked her account - there were 3 consecutive withdrawals, totally wiping her account. She had some payments coming off her account tomorrow so she had to deposit savings from an ISA to prevent her account from going withdrawn. Paypal have been really good with the situation, promising to refund these withdrawals tomorrow.

Make sure your password is tricky to guess, with a mix of both upper/lower case and numbers, and different to your email. Check your internet connection to make sure it's secure if you use wireless. Also install virus and adware software and check for updates on them regularly.
 
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#2
Thank you Sarah, I will pass this on to my sister as she uses PayPal a lot.

Sorry your sister had to go through this.
 
#4
I was hit with that once, they actually hit me for £1 first as most people don't bother if they see that amount come out of their account, they then hit me for about £600 :eek: like your sister pay pal contacted me and gave me the money back no probs.
 
#6
I've had two fishing emails lately, one claiming to be paypal wanting me to confirm a skype payment (which I obviously never made) and one claiming to be from Halifax (who I don't have an account with) stating that I have had suspected fraud activity on my account.

They are so clever as in both cases the aim is to get you panicking so you drop your guard then once you follow the links in the email you give then your account details!

Best thing to protect yourself is to never follow the links in emails and log on to your acount independantly.
 
#7
Thought I'd post this to remind people to be vigilant.

My sister was contacted today by Paypal regarding unusual activity on her account and they wanted her to check her bank account and confirm if the activity was herself or a third party. She checked her account - there were 3 consecutive withdrawals, totally wiping her account. She had some payments coming off her account tomorrow so she had to deposit savings from an ISA to prevent her account from going withdrawn. Paypal have been really good with the situation, promising to refund these withdrawals tomorrow.

Make sure your password is tricky to guess, with a mix of both upper/lower case and numbers, and different to your email. Check your internet connection to make sure it's secure if you use wireless. Also install virus and adware software and check for updates on them regularly.

Is she sure this is not one of the scams talked about below?

Hopefully not, but the scams do work along the lines you have described. Its more difficult to tell with Paypal as they do a lot via email. The other banks would call if theer was a genuine problem and so phishing emails from any 'normal' bank can be sent straight to junk.
 
#8
it happened to my niece the other weekend...over £1000 gone just like that, Paypal were brilliant and refunded the money straight away.....

If you get a mail from what appears to be paypal a good thing to do is check the properties of the address..before opening it...and if you are not sure go onto paypal.com go to security centre and you can report a spoof mail or spoof website...they will let you know if its it one from them....remember a genuine site will never ask for your details....they already have them....
 
#9
After talking with my sister it turns out she replied to an email described above. She is normally very internet savvy and is very upset that she fell for a scam email. I have received similar emails before but have been aware of them, even receiving them 'banks' I don't have accounts with!

If you receive supicious email, delete them and report them, Hotmail have a tool where you can report the message as a phishing scam. NEVER click on the link!
 


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