Paypai Scam - Fake and Deceptive PayPal Website

Can you tell the difference between the legitimate PayPal website: "", and the fake one: ""? By looking at them, the answer is no. So, let us convert both website names to uppercase letters: "PAYPAL.COM" and "". Can you tell the difference now? I know your answer is yes, because looking at the websites’ names in capital letters, you will notice that the fake PayPal website has an "i" in it, while the legitimate one ("PAYPAL.COM") has none.

Paypai Scam - Fake and Deceptive PayPal Website

What cyber-criminals have noticed, is that the uppercase form of the letter “i” looks like the lowercase form of the letter “L” on most computers, so they registered the website or domain name “,” send fake email messages from it to their potential victims, and change the lowercase letter “i” in the website’s name to uppercase. This makes the sender’s email address looks like the legitimate website: “,” when it is actually the fake PayPal website: “”.

Here is an example

If the scammers send a fake email message from "" and change the letter “i” in the email address to uppercase, the email address will then look like this: “”. This is because the uppercase “i” looks like the lowercase form of the letter “L”.

If the scammers’ potential victims respond to the fake email message, although it appears as if was sent from, the scammers will receive it at the fake PayPal domain: “”.

To avoid getting tricked by these phishing scams, never click on a link in an email message to sign into your PayPal account. Always go to and sign into your account from there. PayPal will display important messages or notifications to you once you have signed into your account.

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  • December 13, 2020 at 5:15 AM by info is another fake website.

  • October 23, 2018 at 1:15 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "PayPaI Receipt <>


    Transaction lD: 8825N82NN177ASKK


    You sent a payment of $95.00 USD to Vultr Holdings LLC


    It may take a few moments for this transaction to appear in your account.

    Details: Cloud Hosting || $95.00 USD || Qty: 1

    Subtotal :

    $95.00 USD

    Payment sent to

    A charge will appear on your PayPal Account statement as "PAYPAL *VULTRHOLDIN" Payment sent to

    Issues with this transaction?

    You have 15 Days from the date of the transaction to open a dispute in the Resolution Center.

    To cancel this transaction please follow the link below

    Questions? Go to the Help Center at

    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."

  • February 10, 2017 at 9:09 AM by info

    Received via email:

    "I opened an email from the paypai scam but i did not click on any link inside the email.

    Am I ok? Do I need to do anything else?"

    • February 10, 2017 at 9:10 AM by info

      No, once you didn't click on the link and follow the instructions.

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Paypai Scam - Fake and Deceptive PayPal Website