Pay Pal Scam Alert!
The North Bay Police Service received a call from a concerned senior citizen yesterday about an email she had received saying she owed money to PayPal. The woman has no PayPal account and luckily she did not fall victim to this scam.
How to report a PayPal Scam
As per PayPal’s website, if you think you have received a PayPal scam via email (e.g. a fake email pretending to be from PayPal), forward the entire email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and delete it from your email account. If you came across a fake PayPal website, contact PayPal’s Customer Service team at www.paypal.com
Tips to PayPal users on how to stay safe from fraud or scams
Protect your personal information! Often, PayPal scams will request details such as your full name, account password, credit card number, bank account, PIN number, Social Security Number, or mother’s maiden name. PayPal offers tips to its customers on personal information and how to log in safely, check email greetings and look out for attachments. Visit www.paypal.com
Warning signs – How to protect yourself from scams
The North Bay Police Service advises residents to never take immediate action when you get an email or phone call regarding payments owing. Always take the time to verify that what you are being told is the truth.
Ask yourself why someone would be asking for personal information by email or over the phone that they likely already have on file for you if you are one of their clients.
If you are a client, take control of the situation by not responding right away. Check the business or the organization’s website to get an accurate contact number or email address. Then, contact the business or organization directly to inquire about your file and get the truth.
If it’s a telephone scam, hang up. If it’s an email scam, never open attachments and delete it immediately.