PayPal Scam Alert

PayPal process payments of over £1.5 billion every day for their 267 million users. It’s a great service but it is attracting a lot of scams. The latest is a fake text telling customers that their account is under review due to “suspicious activity”, just click on the link which takes you to a very real looking, (yet fake) PayPal login page, the fraudsters want your login details so that they take control and drain your funds.


Tips and Advice

  • To check if PayPal have sent a message – then log in to your account, the normal way, NEVER through a link, and look in the Secure Message Centre within your account, all PayPal messages are sent here
  • Dear who? – A real PayPal email will always have your full name at the beginning, any non-personalised greeting should be ignored
  • Secure your account – Turn on 2 factor authentication on your account, this means you will be sent a text message or an email with a code to use whenever you login to your account. To do this Login to PayPal > Click on Settings Logo (top right)  > click SECURITY > click 2 -step verification
  • Personal means private! – Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are communicating with
  • Report it – to PayPal by emailing
  • Contact – your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details
  • Still Unsure? – Call Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisors will help you to stay safe
  • To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool


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