Since the Internet first came into existence there have been people attempting to take advantage of not-so-savvy users who may not know how vulnerable their private information may be while surfing the Web. While the Internet continually becomes more and more advanced and complex, so do the abilities of the hackers and scammers to find out everything from your home address to your credit card and ATM pin numbers.
It seems like every time we open our emails more and more spam somehow weasels its way through filters and into your private mailbox. And we all know that some of these so-called spam messages may be more dangerous than others.
PayPal, for example, a leading global online payment company with over 70 million active accounts worldwide, cannot always keep control over scammers who are using PayPal’s trusted image to gain access to people’s financial information via email. According to its eBay fast-facts, PayPal maintains a fraud rate of .33 percent. However, that doesn’t stop email spammers from attempting to get all the information from you that they can by using the PayPal disguise.
Recently “PayPal” has been sending out emails asking users to “Confirm your email address on your PayPal account” or “Increase your spending limit”. The emails are incredibly intricate and resemble official PayPal documents. Some of them even include links to fake PayPal websites, and convince many users to click on the provided links to give their password and username information in order to update the account. This puts your valuable financial and private information in the hands of scammers and leaves you open to identity theft and fraudulent charges online.
What can we do to stop the madness? The first thing to do is to make sure and always report suspicious looking emails directly to PayPal or whatever source the email is claiming to come from and remember that every email counts. When you forward suspicious-looking emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, you help keep yourself and others safe from identity theft. By reporting the problem, you can make a difference.
So how can you tell if the email is a spoof or not? According to PayPal’s Security Center online site, spoof or ‘phishing’ emails tend to have generic greetings such as “Dear PayPal member.” Emails from PayPal will always address you by your first and last name. This is just one example, to find out more information like this on how you can spot a spoof email from PayPal, check out the link below.
Bottom line is to make sure to not open emails from any unrecognized sources and never fill out forms with personal information from your email. Using common sense and learning more about how to spot and avoid other kinds of scam emails can make all the difference in staying safe on the Internet.
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