Don’t be fooled by these fake PayPal emails, learn to spot phishing

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Can you tell the difference between a fake email and a real email from PayPal and other companies? Spotting fake emails is an essential skill you need to learn to stay safe. Here are some examples.

Fake messages are designed to trick you into revealing personal information, such as your login credentials for a website. It can be PayPal, but also an eBay, iTunes, Google or Microsoft login. It’s called phishing.

Once the email sender has your login credentials, they can empty PayPal and bank accounts, purchase goods, send emails, and more. The consequences can be serious and you must be careful not to be fooled by this news.

The fact that messages like the ones shown below are still in use must mean that they are still working for scammers.

Attention: no name and bad english

Take a close look at the following email. It’s typical of the type of message you might see in your inbox.

The greeting is “Hello PayPal user”. This is a dead character. Fake emails do not contain your namebut genuine emails are addressed directly to you.

Look for bad English. The word “information” is wrong, not only in the title, but also several times in the text. There are also other errors in the text.

We all make typos when writing emails, but a message from a company like PayPal has been double-checked by multiple people to make sure it’s correct. Bad English means the message is fake.

An example of a PayPal phishing email

False links raise suspicion

Buttons and links in a fake email usage strange URLs that immediately raise suspicions. Hover the mouse over a button or link, but don’t click it. If you are using a browser, the URL is in the lower left corner of the window.

If the displayed URL is unknown, the email is a phishing scam. Some genuine emails use strange URLs, so it takes a bit of experience to spot a fake. A slightly shortened link is suspicious, as are third-party domains.

An example of a PayPal phishing email

Report phishing scams

You may be able to flag or report phishing emails, and capabilities depend on the email system used.

For example, if you are using Outlook.com, click the arrow to the right of reply and select phishing Fraud on the menu.

Mark phishing emails with Outlook.com

Check who sent the email

This feature depends on the email provider, but Outlook.com and Gmail are similar. Hover over the sender and a card will appear with more information, such as: B. the e-mail address of the sender.

If the sender is not the expected one, be very suspicious. This email does not say PayPal.

Check the sender of an email to see if you know who they are

Dear user – they don’t know your name!

Here’s another email claiming to be from PayPal. It starts with “Dear PayPal User” so it’s clearly not a real email as the real PayPal always includes my name.

The English is correct and it reads like a real message. Maybe it was copied from a real PayPal email.

When you hover your mouse over the link, a Bit.ly cloaked link will appear in the lower-left corner of the browser. Obfuscated and shortened links are not used in real emails.

An example of a PayPal phishing email

Although the examples used here refer to PayPal, you may receive fake messages claiming to be from a variety of companies. Use the same techniques to determine if they are real or not.

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