The "PayPal You Sent a Payment to Google" Phishing Scams

PayPal users, be aware of fake PayPal emails claiming that you have sent payment to Google and you have the option of canceling it. 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

The PayPal You Sent a Payment to Google Phishing Scams

A "PayPal You Sent a Payment to Google" Phishing Scam

You sent a payment of $69.99 USD to Google. Invoice ID: 8921723664712839 created on Friday, 01 March 2019 (Vous avez envoyé un paiement de 69,99 USD à Google. ID de facture: 812365656789122010 créé le vendredi 01 mars 2019) -

ID. 8RF6659H4S9598Z


You sent a payment of $69.99 USD to Google

This transaction may take a few moments to appear in your account.

Description Price by unit Quantity Amount

Play Store Top UP $69.99 USD $59.60 USD one $69.99 USD

Subtotal $69.99 USD

Total $69.99 USD

Payment $69.99 USD

The charge will appear on your statement of your credit card as "PAYPAL * Google '

Payments sent from PayPal Account

Invoice ID: 8921723664712839

Problems with this transaction?

Cancel this transaction

It has 48 hours from the date of the transaction to file a dispute in the Resolution Center



Instructions for trade

It has not included any instruction given to the seller.

Copyright © 1999 - 2019 PayPal. All rights reserved.

Customer Note PayPal Pte. Ltd., the holder of the instrument PayPal stored value does not require the approval of the Monetary

Authority of Singapore. We encourage users to read the terms and conditions carefully.

PayPal PPX001066: 1.1: ac3784e6e25

The link in the fake email message goes to a fake PayPal website that was designed by cyber criminals 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 and log in from there.

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September 25, 2020 at 7:38 AM by
The "PayPal You Sent a Payment to Google" Phishing Scams

I received this email and have tried to contact PayPal, but can’t communicate with them if you don’t have a PayPal account- and I don’t. I don’t wish to create one just to report a scam. So I’m sending to you in the hopes there is something you can do. Thank you.

From: PayPal <>

Date: September 18, 2020 at 2:20:04 PM EDT

Subject: Payment Approved


16-Sep-2020 6:55:32 GMT 11:00

Transaction ID: Q6ZB28XBV392FZ


You sent a payment of $799.99 USD to Google Play


It may take a few moments for this transaction to appear in your account, if you didn't authorize this transaction call us now at 1(805) 600-9636


Google Play

Instructions to merchant

You haven't entered any instructions.

Delivery address – confirmed

You haven't entered any instructions.

Dispatch details

The seller hasn’t provided any dispatch details yet.


Unit price



Deposited (ID: 7255294)

$799.99 USD


$799.99 USD


$799.99 USD


$799.99 USD


$799.99 USD

Charge will appear on your credit card statement as 'PAYPAL *GOOGLEPLAY

Payment sent to

Issues with this transaction?

You have 180 days from the date of the transaction to open a dispute in the Resolution Center or else call us at 1(805) 600-9636


January 6, 2020 at 7:27 AM by
The "PayPal You Sent a Payment to Google" Phishing Scams

Here is another scam:

"From: PayPal‌‌ <>

Date: 6 January 2020 at 13:06:28 GMT

To: "" <>, "" <>, "" <>

Subject: Re: Review Account Transaction : You sent a payment to Google on Monday, January 6, 2020 at Ontario, Canada. CASE ID: EUJSAD8723JS7DATZMSZEU [ PayPal Notice Policy Update ] - Bedankt voor uw bestelling, zie factuur voor maandag 6 januari 2020

January 6, 2020

Transaction ID: HLDFD8934NK3SDHU348SMSGL

You sent a payment of $15.00 CAD to Google.

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



Instructions to merchant

You haven't entered any instructions.

Description Unit price Qty Amount

Google Play Gift Card

$5.00 CAD 3 $15.00 CAD

Subtotal $15.00 CAD

Total $15.00 CAD

Payment $15.00 CAD

Charge will appear on your credit card statement as 'PAYPAL *GOOGLE PLAY'

Invoice ID: EUJSAD8723JS7DH23A7GSG"


March 5, 2019 at 8:24 AM by
The "PayPal You Sent a Payment to Google" Phishing Scams
an anonymous user from: Pozuelo de Alarcón, Community of Madrid, Spain

This is the email sent to me today about 12:30:

" <>

Mar 05/03/2019 12:31

Dear Customer,

This email confirm your purchase order for 'Google Play Store' in your account.

Order Number: 893187768213654432

Date: Tuesday, March 05, 2019

What to do next:

1. Download and review receipt we attach (PDF)

2. Open and read receipt newsletter

3. If it is not you who made this transaction,you can follow the steps that are in the 'PDF' for cancelation

4. If indeed you are doing this transaction just ignore this email


PayPal Service"


March 5, 2019 at 8:20 AM by
The "PayPal You Sent a Payment to Google" Phishing Scams
an anonymous user from: Pozuelo de Alarcón, Community of Madrid, Spain

Hello, good afternoon, I'm from the Canary Islands and just today I got this famous mail. My question is what can I do about it with this email, since I do not have an account in PayPal and I have never used it.


March 2, 2019 at 3:28 PM by
The "PayPal You Sent a Payment to Google" Phishing Scams
an anonymous user from: Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

thanks for the post ...


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How To Recognize a Phishing Scam

Scammers use email or text messages to try to steal your passwords, account numbers, or Social Security numbers. If they get that information, they could get access to your email, bank, or other accounts. Or they could sell your information to other scammers. Scammers launch thousands of phishing attacks like these every day — and they’re often successful.

Scammers often update their tactics to keep up with the latest news or trends, but here are some common tactics used in phishing emails or text messages:

Phishing emails and text messages often tell a story to trick you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment. You might get an unexpected email or text message that looks like it’s from a company you know or trust, like a bank or a credit card or utility company. Or maybe it’s from an online payment website or app. The message could be from a scammer, who might

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  • include an invoice you don’t recognize — it’s fake
  • want you to click on a link to make a payment — but the link has malware
  • say you’re eligible to register for a government refund — it’s a scam
  • offer a coupon for free stuff — it’s not real

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The "PayPal You Sent a Payment to Google" Phishing Scams