In real life, it's easy to avoid an obvious scam. On the internet, not so much. At any PayPal casino, you're guaranteed security if you're careful. Any legitimised operator will doubtless keep you safe from any scams.
What about outside the casino?
Scammers are growing more sophisticated all the time and it's important to protect yourself.
This is why we have devised a guide which you can use whenever you encounter a suspicious email claiming to be from PayPal.
Identify The Scammer
There are a few easy ways to tell if your email's a scam, so easy in fact that you don't even need to be an expert to carry them out.
Check The Sender
An extremely simple yet often overlooked method is by checking who sent it. You can do this by looking at the top of the email at the sender's address. If it's anything like [email protected], then it's definitely fake.
While it's impossible to block all scam emails, you can keep a list of blacklisted email addresses to ensure that you don't get duped. You can even post the address on an online forum to warn others about their scam.
How to Identify REAL PayPal Emails
So now you know how to identify the fakes, what signs should you look out for to identify the real PayPal emails? Here are a few handy tips:
- All PayPal emails come from paypal.com. Scammers fake the “friendly name” of the brand but cannot fake the full name, as evidenced by their rather obviously pretend email address. Some scams are sophisticated enough to get around this, however, so be careful.
- PayPal will always address you by your first and last name, or your business name and nothing else.
- PayPal will never ask for sensitive information through email, such as your password, bank account or card number.
- They will never send an email asking you to download software or attachments for you to open.
Too Good To Be True? It Probably Is…
It doesn't take a lot of common sense to realise that if something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
The same goes for any scams you may encounter online. Any offers they promise that tempts you into clicking the highly dubious link is best avoided.
Here are some of the things a scammer may offer you:
- Free Money: Any promises of putting free cash into your account is bogus. Ignore it.
- Promises of Payment: Similar to the above, you must check that any payment you receive by going directly to your account. Do not take the word of an anonymous email.
- Telltale Buzzwords: Phrases like “High Profit!”, “No Risk!”, and “Act Now!” are buzzwords scammers use to trick you. Learn to ignore it and do not click on anything they've sent.
- Fake Charities: Scammers will take advantage of natural disasters and tragedies to appeal to your better nature and get you to donate. Unfortunately, that money will never see the intended recipient. To ensure the charity is real, type the name in the following government website and make sure that it is registered:
Some Common Scam Emails
While those are some hints as to what you may find in a scam email, there are some more sophisticated tactics which scammers use to part you from your money. Here are some example phrases from a scam email:
- “You've just been paid!”
- “Your account will be suspended…”
- “You've been paid too much.”
- “Click this link here!”
We hope that it's pretty obvious why these are fake. The second one, however, is more likely to trick you so if you are afraid your account will be suspended, be sure to check the other signs before you verify.
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Tell us your story to stop others suffering a similar fate. The more that word's spread about these scammers, the better.