Fake PayPal Receipt email Scams
Be on the alert for fake emails posing as PayPal from sender: firstname.lastname@example.org (email@example.com, and others) with a subject line similar to Receipt for your PayPal payment to
Luiz Mariotto. These fake PayPal receipt emails are a sent by cyber criminals, not PayPal, and clicking links contained in the fake PayPal receipt email may install malware to the computer system, in particular spyware used in severe forms of cyber crime such as credit theft, extortion, and identity theft.
This email scam uses social engineering by manufacturing a very accurate and legitimate appearing fake PayPal email receipt, in order to persuade victims into believing that their PayPal account was used to make a payment. Victims often believe their PayPal account was used without their consent and may click a link provided in the email to check their accounts.
Instead, if you received an unsolicited email from PayPal claiming to be a receipt for your PayPal payment, ignore it, do not click any links, and visit PayPal.com directly to check your account.
Fake PayPal Receipt (example):
The content below is an example of a fake PayPal receipt email sent by cyber criminals. The name of senders and other details may vary.
Feb 18, 2013 10:54:32 PDT Transaction ID: 0RG1V66NB97IHH8S0 Hello, You sent a payment of $149.49 USD to Luiz Mariotto (firstname.lastname@example.org) Thanks for using PayPal. To see all the transaction details, log in to your PayPal account. It may take a few moments for this transaction to appear in your account. Seller Luiz Mariotto email@example.com Note to seller You haven't included a note. Shipping address - unconfirmed 6755 126TH AVE VILLAS, NC 34522-7464 United States Shipping details USPS Priority Mail Description Unit price Qty Amount Casio Men's W517H-4AV Classic Digital Sport Watch Item# 231429448852 $149.49 USD 1 $149.49 USD Shipping and handling $0.00 USD Insurance - not offered ---- Total $149.49 USD Payment $149.49 USD Charge will appear on your credit card statement as PAYPAL Luiz Mariotto Payment sent to firstname.lastname@example.org Issues with this transaction? You have 45 days from the date of the transaction to open a dispute in the Resolution Center. Questions? Go to the Help Center at: www.paypal.com/help. Please do not reply to this email. This mailbox is not monitored and you will not receive a response. For assistance, log in to your PayPal account and click Help in the top right corner of any PayPal page. To receive email notifications in plain text instead of HTML, log in to your PayPal account, go to your Profile, and click Notifications. PayPal Email ID PP220
Is your PayPal account compromised?
No, this fake receipt does not mean your actual PayPal account has been compromised or hacked. If you check your PayPal balance and history via https://www.paypal.com, there will be no unauthorized payments, purchases, or withdraws.
How to deal with the Fake PayPal receipt email
- If you receive the fake email delete it immediately. As a safety precaution prior to analyzing your PayPal account for discrepancies via PayPal.com, it is suggested (but not necessary to scan your computer for additional malware including spyware and Trojans that utilize techniques to collect inputted data, such as your PayPal username and password.
- If you accidentally clicked a link in the fake PayPal receipt email, your computer may be compromised.It is recommended (and necessary) to scan your computer for undetected malware that may be affecting your computer system with reputable software.