Monday, August 24, 2009
PayPal Scam Alert.....
I know if you are like me and love to visit the Etsy shops of some of your favorite bloggers you will more than likely use PayPal to make your purchases. I wanted to alert you to a scam that is intended to steal your personal information.
In the past two weeks both my husband and I have received two different emails from what appears to be PayPal. The first emails we received say that PayPal is issuing a security alert and the second one states that there is a conflict with your PayPal account, both want you to verify personal information. If you by chance get one of these emails, DO NOT RESPOND! The information requested is your name, address, phone number, social security number, credit card numbers, bank accounts, and your mothers maiden name. This is more information than is required for a PayPal account. When you signed up for your PayPal account, you gave them all the information they needed and they have everything they need on file. You should never ever verify this type of information via email.
Whoever came up with scam was very clever, it looks exactly like the PayPal web site, which is very deceiving. We did not respond to this tactic, knowing it was not legitimate. My husband called and spoke to a representative at PayPal to report this scam. They were very appreciative and plan to pursue getting it stopped. They had him report it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you get either of these emails, please report them to the highlighted link. Reporting is simple, you forward the email to the address provided then delete the email from your in box. To be on the safe side you might want to log on to your account and then check the history for any inaccuracies.
With identity theft at an all time high, it is better to be safe than sorry.