Paypal Scam Targeting Australian Customers
Queensland Police are warning customers who use Paypal about a scam that is currently circulating.
The scam relates to a fake email stating that the user's Paypal account has been 'limited' until it is approved.
It prompts the user to then log into their account - through a hoax link that is embedded into the email.
"Once the victim has entered their login details, the scam website directs you to a page where you are asked to ‘update’ your personal information, including full name, DOB, address and phone number," the Police statement reads.
"When you have entered your personal details the fake site asks for your credit card information, including the credit limit amount.
"Once these criminals have obtained enough information to steal your identity and credit card information, you are then directed to the genuine PayPal website.
- Do NOT click on any links or open attachments from emails claiming to be from a trusted organisation, asking you to update or verify your details – just DELETE
- Do an internet search using the names or exact wording of the email or message to check for any references to a scam – many scams can be identified this way.
- Before you click on a link, hover over the link to see the actual web address it will take you to. If you do not recognize or trust the address, try searching for relevant key terms in a web browser."