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Beware of "PayPal You've Received an Instant Payment" Phishing Scams

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Beware of "PayPal You've Received an Instant Payment" Phishing Scams

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PayPal users, be aware of fake PayPal emails claiming that you have received an instant payment. The fake or phishing email messages are being sent by cybercriminals to trick PayPal users into clicking on a link within them that goes to a fake or phishing PayPal web page. The fake webpage will then attempt to steal PayPal credentials and credit card information. So, it is important that PayPal users remember never to click on a link to sign into their PayPal accounts. They should instead, always go directly to www.paypal.com.

A Sample of the "PayPal You've Received an Instant Payment" Scam

Subject: Instant payment received from Smith Lucas

Date: 2018-04-09 10:01

From: "Member@PayPal.com®" <pay_palservicehelpcenter@dcemail.com>

PayPal

You've received an instant payment

Hello,

This e-mail confirms that you have received an Instant payment of 330.00 EUR from Smith Lucas via PayPal MERCHANDISE Payment Service.

Note from Smith Lucas:

I have made the payment as required . Cheers.

View the details of this pending transaction below

Transaction Summary

Sent From Smith Lucas

smith7772017@gmail.com

Sent to

Transaction ID BHB7062128884391G

Merchandise Amount

125.00 EUR

Transport Charges

Total Amount

Description

205.00 EUR

330.00 EUR

Goods purchased

Once the money's in your account, you can:

Spend the money online at thousands of shops that accept PayPal.

Withdraw it from your bank account.

Transfer the money to a credit card.

The above sum that was transferred to you by Smith Lucas has been fully deducted from the payee's account which includes the Transport/Delivery Charges and is ready to be transferred into your your own account, but before the transaction can be finalized you would have to pay the Transport Charges to the Transport Company. Due to the sum of money involved, we have to take an extra step to protect the account holder(s).

Payment On Pending.

Transfer Current Percentage Done: 99%Transfer On Pending... Western Union money Transfer details Needed to Credit your PayPal Account.

In order complete this transaction and get the full funds credited into your account, you need to proceed to any western union office around you and transfer the excess sum of 205.00 EUR to the Transport Agent and send us a Scanned Copy/Photograph of your Western Union Transaction Receipt.

Below is a step by step guide on how to make the transfer:

1. Visit your nearest western union office/ Outlet and request a western union sending form.

2. Choose their Money in Minutes service.

3. Enter the receiver's name and address provided below.

4. Pay with your Credit Card or Cash.

5. You'll get a receipt. Attach and email a scanned copy of the receipt to us/type out the details on the receipt such as : Sender's Name; Sender's Address & MTCN Number.

Name: TERESA SHARPTON

ADDRESS: 4311 Gaydon Rd

City : POWDER SPRINGS

State; GEORGIA

Country: U.S.A

Postal Code : 30190

Yours sincerely,

PayPal.

Note: the cybercriminals may change the payment number, so look out for similar emails with different numbers.

The link in the fake email message goes to a fake PayPal web page on a compromised website that was designed by cybercriminals to trick their potential victims into entering their PayPal username, password and credit card information.

If the requested information is submitted by the potential victims, it will be sent to the cybercriminals, who will use it to steal their money and use their accounts fraudulently.

If you are tricked into submitting your PayPal credentials and credit card information on the fake web page, please change your PayPal password and contact them for help immediately. Also, contact your bank and let them know that you have submitted your credit card information on a phishing website.

Remember, never click on a link to sign into your PayPal account, always go directly to www.paypal.com and login from there.

Note: Some of the names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers in email samples on this website may have been impersonated.

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  • May 10, 2019 at 3:24 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: mailto:service.pay.transfer@gmail.com

    Sent: Wednesday, May 08, 2019 4:33 PM

    To: payments@

    Subject: *****Read carefully******Calling PayPal****** (Transaction ID: U-8CD49770GG953820W)

    PayPal

    You've received an instant payment

    Dear

    This eMail confirms that you have received an Instant payment of €500:00 EUR

    from Andy Javier Castillo Perez via PayPal MERCHANDISE Payment Service.

    Reversals : This method of payment can not be reversed.

    Status : Pending - Transport Company Awaiting Payment.

    View the details of this pending transaction below

    Summary of this transaction

    Transaction ID

    Sent From U-8CD49770GG953820W

    Andy Javier Castillo Perez

    andyjavier8687@gmail.com

    Sent To

    payments@

    Merchandise Amount €360:00 EUR

    Shipping Charges

    Paysend charges

    Total Amount

    Title

    €100:00 EUR

    €40:00 EUR

    €500:00 EUR

    Purchased.

    Once the money's in your account you can:

    Spend the money online at thousands of shops that accept PayPal

    Withdraw it from your bank account.

    Transfer the money to a credit card.

    The above sum includes the transport charges & tax as we and the Transport Company quoted for the buyer (as per PayPal MERCHANDISE PAYMENT POLICY). You will receive a Message from the us shortly informing you on how to send the Transport Fee and Tax to the transport company.

    You may contact us by replying directly to this message.

    Société en Commandite par Actions

    Registered office: 22-24 Boulevard Royal, L-2449 Luxembourg

    RCS Luxembourg B 118 349

    PayPal Email ID PP1547

    Copyright © 2019 PayPal Inc. All rights reserved..."

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  • December 7, 2018 at 8:52 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: "PayPal" <mail@paypal.com> <asistenterrhh@americansecurity.com.sv>

    Date: December 7, 2018 at 12:03:07 PM MST

    Subject: Payment received

    paypal Dec 07, 2018

    Transaction ID: 23744998JA385797O

    Good Afternoon,

    You received a payment of $122.96 USD

    Thanks for using PayPal. To see all the transaction details, download your PayPal Transaction details file:

    Get transaction details file

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

    Seller Protection - Eligible"

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  • December 7, 2018 at 4:23 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    -------- Original message --------

    From:

    Date: 12/5/18 1:04 PM (GMT-05:00)

    Subject: PayPal Instant payment

    paypal Dec 05, 2018

    Transaction ID: 76153778XM870342W

    Good Afternoon,

    You received a payment of $70.05 USD

    Thanks for using PayPal. To see all the transaction details, download your PayPal Transaction details file:

    Download transaction details file

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

    Seller Protection - Eligible

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  • May 31, 2018 at 3:09 PM by an anonymous user from Manchester, England, United Kingdom

    I got the sum of $20000 from mastermindhackers16@gmail.com via western union transfer.

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