One site that has been the frequent target of phishing attacks is PayPal. One reason for this is the fact that so many people use the service; another reason is because the site processes online payments. Therefore, a bevy of bank account numbers, credit card numbers and other sensitive financial information is all too tempting for would-be phishers. Like many people, you probably have a PayPal account. Do you know how to steer clear of the many phishing attacks that are aimed at users like you? The PayPal site features many important tips and tricks; a summary of some of the best ones are included below.
Things that PayPal Won’t Do
It’s smart to familiarize yourself with the types of information that PayPal will never request via email. This is one of the simplest ways to avoid falling prey to PayPal phishing attempts. For example, PayPal will never ask you for your email address, bank account number, credit card number, debit card number or driver’s license number. They won’t ask you to supply your full name; after all, they already have it. They will also never ask you to enter your password through an email.
Ways to Spot a Fake PayPal Email
If you have a PayPal account, you are probably used to getting periodic emails from the company. That’s why it’s so easy to be fooled by fake phishing emails. You should always look closely at the sender’s email address; if it’s a phishing email, it is probably designed to look credible but includes strange symbols and other odd things. A phishing email posing as legitimate correspondence from PayPal will usually include a generic greeting instead of using your actual name. An actual PayPal email will not include attachments of any kind, and it won’t use urgent language to make you think that your account is in jeopardy.
Spotting Spoof PayPal Websites
There’s no question that many fake PayPal emails are very sophisticated. If you are duped into clicking on a link from such an email, you need to double-check the website on which you land. In the future, make a point of never clicking on any links from these types of emails. You can safely confirm any message that is purportedly from PayPal by opening a new tab and logging into your account after typing in the URL manually. A spoof PayPal webpage will have the lock icon in the wrong place; its URL won’t begin with “https” either, which means that it’s not a secure connection.
Don’t Be a Victim of a PayPal Phishing Attempt
Phishers send out thousands or even millions of emails in order to try and snare a few PayPal passwords. Even if they only collect a few of them, they can do a whole lot of damage. They can also gain access to other sensitive information, which makes it easier for them to conduct identity theft. You shouldn’t be afraid to use PayPal, but you should keep the preceding information in mind at all times to ensure a safe, trouble-free experience.
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