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Posted: 01/20/23 06:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator


Received this legit looking PayPal money request phishing email. I'm sure others on the forums have received similar scam emails at one point. All the links go to legit PayPal website. Even the 'Pay Now' button to complete the transaction on PayPal is real. Though one would have to be totally naive to do so. Would make the scammers life that much more easier.

The obvious problems with the email include.
  • No idea who Jennifer Perry is.
  • The email is from @intl.paypal.com which is a known email address used for phishing scams.


Though what the scammer is really trying to get you to do, is to call the supplied 1-888-###-#### in the 'Note' to dispute the "completed" transaction, when 'no' such transaction actually occurred. My guess is the scammer will pose as a legit sounding PayPal customer service rep. in order to obtain your account information they need to cancel this (fake) transaction. The scammer can then perform their own financial transactions from your account.

I did forward the email to PayPal security.



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Posted: 01/20/23 06:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

we no longer have a PayPal account. or an eBay account for that matter.


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Just now on our local news they showed some poor sod who was taken for $40,000 !!!

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Posted: 01/20/23 07:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not a reflection on PayPal.
This junk is all around. Nothing looks legit. Maybe drop the AOL.


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time2roll wrote:

Not a reflection on PayPal.
This junk is all around. Nothing looks legit. Maybe drop the AOL.


agreed but we dropped paypal after their little TOS event where they were gonna fine people who posted "disinformation" (AKA a different opinion). and eBay is no longer about small, individual sellers. hasn't been for a while. since i no longer use eBay I no longer needed PayPal.

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Posted: 01/20/23 08:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ha! I too dumped PayPal & eBay for their political positions. Haven’t looked back.


rk911 wrote:

time2roll wrote:

Not a reflection on PayPal.
This junk is all around. Nothing looks legit. Maybe drop the AOL.


agreed but we dropped paypal after their little TOS event where they were gonna fine people who posted "disinformation" (AKA a different opinion). and eBay is no longer about small, individual sellers. hasn't been for a while. since i no longer use eBay I no longer needed PayPal.



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time2roll wrote:

Maybe drop the AOL.

That was the first clue. I don't use AOL for any financial based account. Never for PayPal. More of just a legacy account, now relegated mostly for website subscriptions.

Ironically, I was at an event last month with Steve Case.

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Have not seen that one yet but you know how many red flags are in that E-mail?
(I tend to lose count)

You did good.

Now what need to be done and I've just seen a bit of it.. Pay Pal and the Banks and others who are impersonated need to use their tremendous resources to identify the scammers and .. HIT 'EM HARD (legally speaking) ... BUNCO (Fraud) is a billions of dollars a year business.. Identify each and every scammer and charge them the full. annual, fraud bill..... Pay down the national debt. (Put it on the scammers.) with the fines...

I get newsletter (legit) Class action (I think it's an org) and they just notified of a 3-rd class robo-caller class action.... But even that's a scam.

You see the average settlement is .. they expect.. 20 dollars.

The Federal statute says it should be 500-1500


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It seems to me that any level of internet participation requires a basic sophistication and awareness. I never respond to any e-mail. If any action requires my attention, it's easy enough to log directly onto a https site and verify any question. If we continue to get dumber we only help these scams flourish. As long as a sucker is born every minute there will be plots to separate them from their money.

I also don't measure "wokeness" when doing business. The transaction is either beneficial or it isn't. I leave social responsibility to others.


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My brother in law had his email account hacked and the hacker sent out emails from that account. The emails requested for the recipient to create an Amazon E-gift card and send it to a specified email address. Being suspicious I called my BIL and he was unaware that his account had been hacked. He had to call his provider and reclaim his account.

Net is if it looks suspicious, check it out.

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