PayPal Alert Scam

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PayPal Alert Scam: How It Works

Online financial transactions have become quite a daily routine for everyone in the last few years and PayPal scams have been proliferating. In a world that’s constantly changing due to new technology updates, criminals prey on people’s ignorance, convenience, and naivety – and hit them with all kinds of fraudulent practices. The newest scheme is the PayPal alert email, which is the closest variation of the PayPal Support Text Scam.

Watch the video below to see PayPal Alert scam:

PayPal Phishing Email Scam Video 

In the PayPal Alert Scam, you receive an email – or text message on your phone – apparently coming from PayPal (see pic below), with the title subject: “PayPal Alert!!”. The message informs that you just sent a payment to a company. It could be any name, but the most common ones are Evolution RC Ltd – about a payment of $47.05, and ASDA Direct – payment of $192.00 for a Blue-Ray Home Cinema System.

After providing a fake transaction number, the email continues with the following call-to-action: “If you want to cancel the transaction, click here and follow the instructions”. Obviously, knowing that you didn’t send any money to anybody, you click on the link provided in order to cancel the tranfer. Little do you know that the link will open a PayPal look-alike website, which will ask you to log in by providing them your real email address and password.

Once you give scammers that information, you can rest assured that your account will be compromised soon.

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PayPal Alert Scam: How To Avoid

If it’s an alert from PayPal, the message should never start just with “Dear”, without addressing your full name. Also, the notification of sending the money to a company is different than a real alert, in which PayPal informs you they noticed unusual transactions on your account.

Do not click on the link provided. The best thing to do in this case is to log into your account straight from PayPal’s website, by typing in your browser first.

Another good thing to do is download the PayPal mobile app on your smartphone. In a case of an unusual transaction on your account, you will get a legitimate pop-up notification on your cell. Just make sure your app settings allow that.

Since we are on the subject of exposing PayPal scams, make sure you avoid a few other fraudulent practices that are making their rounds these days, such as the Fake PayPal verification, PayPal order scam, and the fake PayPal Transaction. Oh, and the PayPal Money Generator trick, which has been making some victims recently.

PayPal Alert: How to Report a Scammer

Make your family and friends aware of the PayPal Alert scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission or to Paypal using the links below:

Report To PayPal Here

Report to FTC Here

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Text received from +44 7919 271089. ‘PayPal: We have limited your account due to safety concerns. Please visit before we are forced to close your account. No abnormality showing on my account.

Aidan O'Malley

It’s really simple to avoid these things. If you get email or call or text or whatever from PayPal… DON’T CLICK ANY LINKS. Go to PayPal yourself either through your PayPal app or website. Then talk to someone through there. Never call someone or click a link. If there’s a problem, you’ll see it on the app or website… if you don’t see it and aren’t sure, use the PayPal contact us page to contact them directly.


Received email today as if came from PayPal thanking me for purchasing bitcoin for $499.98 from their exchange. Gave a phone number to call if I wanted to dispute it. 209-813-1985, I did call and raised the roof. A person I could hardly understand said they would cancel my order. I immediately went to PP to change passwords, security questions etc.


Me too. Forwarded message to


I received this scam email today (claiming to be from PayPal), with the subject line that someone is trying to log into my account from an unknown device. Beware!

Dear (e) client (e)

We identified several unacceptable intrusion attempts on your account

online, someone tried to access your account from mini iPad named

"enric ipad".

Ipad adress ip :

Date: March 20, 2015.

This is the last reminder to log in to Paypal as soon as possible. Paypal will

provide measures to restore access to your account:



I received this scam: Today’s review PayPal Security Team ( Add to contacts Attachment 4:27 PM From: PayPal Security Team ( Your junk email filter is set to exclusive. Sent: September-11-15 4:27:34 PM To: Attachments: 1 attachment | Download all as zip (38.3 KB) verify.html (38.3 KB) This message is here because your junk email filter is set to exclusive. Wait, it’s safe!|I’m not sure. Let me check Dear Valued Member, Reason for Limitation: Suspicious activities have triggered our security system which shows that an unauthorized user tried to access your PayPal account without your consent. An account may… Read more »

Charles Vella

Recieved text re transaction ID: 19G7741T90421A. pLEASE CANCEL


I received this email today, beware: Dear [my full name], We have concluded the verification of the proof of Money Transfer received from you for the transaction between you and Jesse Poland with the amount of $2,350.00 AUD which was verify and confirmed. This message is originated from PayPal company, your funds will be dispatched for delivery into your Paypal Account provided and this will be received shortly. Unfortunately there is a minor problem about the payment sent to you, Our Accounting Department has detected an error with your account which occurred while we were crediting the payment into your… Read more »


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Received this text from 1(410) 200-503:

FRM: PayPalAlerting

I’m sure that link is a scam so I wouldn’t click on it!

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got the same Paypal fraud alert text message

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