Since I get paid via Paypal I always keep my eyes open for email messages from Paypal.com just in case there are important news from them. However, there are a lot of malicious people out there who are out to get your Paypal information. One of my worst fears is to fall prey to their scams and accidentally give them what they’re out to get.
To prove my point, just this afternoon I got this message in my inbox.
Dear PayPal Costumer,
It has come to our attention that your PayPal® account information needs to be updated as part of our continuing commitment to protect your account and to reduce the instance of fraud on our website. If you could please take 5-10 minutes out of your online experience and update your personal records you will not run into any future problems with the online service.
However, failure to update your records will result in account suspension. Please update your records before April 13, 2012.
Once you have updated your account records, your PayPal® account activity will not be interrupted and will continue as normal.
Click here to update your PayPal account information
When you click the last sentence it will lead you to a page that looks eerily similar to Paypal’s homepage!
Of course, once you see the address that’s the dead giveaway that this is one of those infamous phishing emails (the term they give for malicious emails that are out to get your confidential account information) but if you are in a hurry then you can easily fall for their dirty trick!
So if you’re a Paypal user or plan to use it in the future you must know at first glance if an email you receive from them is fake.
How to spot a fake Paypal Email?
Just look at the Salutation. If they don’t put your full name on it might as well scream “I’m fake, fake, fake!”
If you receive an email like this don’t click anything and delete as fast as possible.
Another precaution is to never click anything that will lead you to paypal.
That’s my tip to all of you. Hope by now you’ll know how to spot that fake email fast.
Note: Of course, now that I have read that email more than once I’ve realized they spelled “Customer” wrong. That should give them away too but just the fact that I missed it the first time means it’s not always noticeable.