Below is the most recent scam email I received in my junk mail pretending to come from PayPal.
Now Paypal warns customers that they will always use your name, so we should never respond to emails
that are addressed to :
[That is always a scammer WHEN THEY SAY 'DEAR CUSTOMER']....
NEVER RESPOND TO SUCH, DELETE & BLOCK THE SENDER~!!
Now the scammers are getting a bit trickier... some actually have managed to get YOUR NAME as well as your email addy used for Paypal.
This may be if you do online buying and selling or have your own website, whatever-
The scammers now can use these 2 bits of info to try and trick you into ripping you off ~!
Now with the newest email I received [ shown below ] they actually had some real PayPal links embedded and copy & pasted in some regular PayPal info, to almost make it seem somewhat genuine, enough to fool some PayPal customers into clicking their links and revealing vital info which potentially would allow the scammers to rob your account~!!!
Many of these scam letters have embedded links that when clicked on can actually hijack your contact list and begin sending other junk mails to your friends and contacts~!!
NEVER CLICK A LINK OR OPEN A FILE FROM ANYONE YOU DONT KNOW~!!! THEY CAN THEN HACK YOUR ACCOUNT~!
Another place to check suspicious emails for hoaxes or viruses is www.snopes.com, simply type in a few key words of what you are looking for as their onsite search is pretty good and should direct you to what you are looking for...
This warning is being brought to you as a public service from ArtRave which is my artists network for decency in Art and shows only family friendly art since I created ArtRave & in my forums I have tutorials teaching members how to use their Paypal accounts and what to look out for by scammers~! ArtRave is for any worldwide emerging artists to come and use the resources there to learn how to present and sell their art online. While I personally use and endorse using Paypal, i want to help warn newer users how to look out for the scammers who prey on paypal account holders, so you can be aware of them an avoid getting ripped off
:) Ave Hurley
HERE IS A COPY OF THE LATEST SCAM LETTER. I REMOVED MY NAME AFTER HELLO, JUST TO SHOW THAT WHEN YOURS MAY COME THEY WILL HAVE YOUR NAME IN PLACE!]
Hello [they use your name now],
As part of our security measures, we regularly screen activity in the PayPal
system. We recently contacted you after noticing an issue on your account.
We requested information from you for the following reason:
A recent review of your account determined that we require some additional
information from you in order to provide you with secure service.
Case ID Number: PP-809-211-615
This is a second reminder to log in to PayPal as soon as possible. Once you log
in, you will be provided with steps to restore your account access.
Be sure to log in securely by using the following link:
Click here to login and restore your account access
Once you log in, you will be provided with steps to restore your
account access. We appreciate your understanding as we work to ensure account
In accordance with PayPal's User Agreement, your account access will remain
limited until the issue has been resolved. Unfortunately, if access to your
account remains limited for an extended period of time, it may result in further
limitations or eventual account closure. We encourage you to log in to your
PayPal account as soon as possible to help avoid this.
To review your account and some or all of the information that PayPal used to
make its decision to limit your account access, please visit the Resolution
Center. If, after reviewing your account information, you seek further
clarification regarding your account access, please contact PayPal by visiting
the Help Center and clicking "Contact Us".
We thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Please understand that
this is a security measure intended to help protect you and your account. We
apologize for any inconvenience.
PayPal Account Review Department
Please do not reply to this email. This mailbox is not monitored and you
will not receive a response. For assistance, log in to your PayPal account
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