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BEWARE: Another PayPal phishing scam attempts to steal personal …

Fraud Alert:

A new PayPal phishing scam is attempting to deceive users by sending emails that claim unauthorized changes have been made to their accounts.

The Palo Alto-based service is one of the world’s largest online payment processors, and cyber criminals hope to take advantage of customers’ busy holiday schedules to trick them into handing over personal data.

Potential victims are told that their accounts have been flagged for suspicious activity. To avoid unnecessary charges, they’re asked to update bank account information, email addresses and more.

Though the emails appear authentic – PayPal logo and all – the links they contain don’t lead to PayPal.com, but a website set up by hackers.

“The domain has nothing to do with PayPal sites, but rather are scam URLs,” ESET security researcher Cameron Camp said earlier this year. “As with other campaigns, scammers typically use a myriad of dynamically generated domain names — sometimes slight variations on the real name — which is another clue that something isn’t right.”

PayPal had at least 218 million active users as of the third quarter of 2017.

How can you avoid falling victim to this scam?

– First, verify the domain name of the sender. A random combination of letters and numbers instead of “PayPal.com” is a dead giveaway that something’s not right.

– Most importantly, don’t click on the link in a suspicious email. Open a new browser window and go directly to PayPal’s site and login.

– Stay vigilant. Monitor bank accounts regularly, especially during the busy holiday season. Write down all financial transactions made in stores and online to ensure they match your monthly statements.

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Article source: http://www.kcra.com/article/beware-another-paypal-phishing-scam-attempts-to-steal-personal-data/14004630




BEWARE: Another PayPal phishing scam attempts to steal personal …

Fraud Alert:

A new PayPal phishing scam is attempting to deceive users by sending emails that claim unauthorized changes have been made to their accounts.

The Palo Alto-based service is one of the world’s largest online payment processors, and cyber criminals hope to take advantage of customers’ busy holiday schedules to trick them into handing over personal data.

Potential victims are told that their accounts have been flagged for suspicious activity. To avoid unnecessary charges, they’re asked to update bank account information, email addresses and more.

Though the emails appear authentic – PayPal logo and all – the links they contain don’t lead to PayPal.com, but a website set up by hackers.

“The domain has nothing to do with PayPal sites, but rather are scam URLs,” ESET security researcher Cameron Camp said earlier this year. “As with other campaigns, scammers typically use a myriad of dynamically generated domain names — sometimes slight variations on the real name — which is another clue that something isn’t right.”

PayPal had at least 218 million active users as of the third quarter of 2017.

How can you avoid falling victim to this scam?

– First, verify the domain name of the sender. A random combination of letters and numbers instead of “PayPal.com” is a dead giveaway that something’s not right.

– Most importantly, don’t click on the link in a suspicious email. Open a new browser window and go directly to PayPal’s site and login.

– Stay vigilant. Monitor bank accounts regularly, especially during the busy holiday season. Write down all financial transactions made in stores and online to ensure they match your monthly statements.

AlertMe

Article source: http://www.kcra.com/article/beware-another-paypal-phishing-scam-attempts-to-steal-personal-data/14004630