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PayPal warning: Britons attacked by dangerous scam text message – 'be careful!'


PayPal is a payment service used by millions of people right across the UK for instant transfers and payments – creating ease for users. The service is likely to be particularly useful amid the ongoing lockdown, with online transactions significantly rising during this time. Cybercriminals, however, have taken advantage of these circumstances in an attempt to scam Britons out of their hard-earned cash. 

One person wrote: “I think it’s easy to feel immune to phishing, but in general we can get comfortable and be too trusting or unassuming, especially when its something like a PayPal scam.

“That’s honestly scary, no one wants their account locked! This text gave me a mini heart attack at first!”

Another said: “Getting loads of scam texts later – such as we have limited your PayPal account, click this link. Some poor person will fall for this, for sure.”

A third person warned: “Beware of a PayPal scam that is using text messages as the targeted platform.

“Claims that there had been fraudulent activity on your account and asks to call a number.

“Upon further investigation, the number is not associated with PayPal customer service.”

And a fourth urged people to be vigilant when it comes to any type of message they receive.

They stated: “Let’s be careful out there people! Don’t click links just delete or report.

“Text, email, telephone calls even letters. Ask yourself – Expected? Genuine? If in doubt, contact using details YOU know!”

PayPal has issued guidance to help Britons tackle the matter, as many have unfortunately been targeted with this kind of correspondence.

If someone believes they have received a suspicious email or text message, or have been directed to a fake website, they can report the issue to [email protected] or 7726 for further investigation.

After the message is sent, PayPal has urged Britons to delete it from their inbox as a priority.

Those who have clicked any links or downloaded attachments should check their transactions and change their password to secure themselves.

They may also wish to report the issue to Action Fraud or their banking provider to try to resolve the issue.

Messages from the official PayPal will never ask for sensitive information such as a password or credit card number.

They will also not contain any attachments or ask people to download anything to their device. 

Generally, individuals are urged not to click on any links they receive in unexpected text messages, and always check URLs on the websites they visit.


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