Someone hacked into my paypal account!!!

@sudalunts (5527)
United States
April 27, 2009 4:23pm CST
I was checking my emails today, I did not look at them over the weekend, and came across an email from Paypal saying that I had sent $220.00 to, there was an email address, that ended in au. I guess that is Australia. I went into my paypal account and sure enough it showed that I had sent $220.00 to someone. Paypal, is great because I had a message from them saying that a suspicious transaction was made, and they labeled it as an unauthorized transaction. The bank account that is connected to my paypal account has a zero balance, so this person wouldn't get any money from me anyway. Have you ever had someone hack into your paypal or any other account, this is the first time something like this has happened to me.
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25 responses
@smacksman (6076)
27 Apr 09
I hope you didn't go to your account via the link in the email. That is a classic phishing email to get your password. Many sites will know your Paypal email address but they lack your password to gain access. Sad that the world is full of such crooks.
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@sudalunts (5527)
• United States
27 Apr 09
No, I didn't go to the account via the email link. I was really surprised when I say that I had sent someone I do not know $220.00.
@kyle32 (66)
• United States
27 Apr 09
gladly that did not happen to me but im sorry to hear that it happened to anyone because if that should happen to me i would be petrified but its a good thing your balance was zero and even though you balance was zero paypal still got in contact to tell you that your account has been hacked
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@blondbat (504)
• United States
27 Apr 09
We had that happen about a year ago. Somebody had taken a fair portion of money out and since it was attached to our main checking account they wreaked havoc with our bill-paying abilities for a time. I had to call our landlord to tell them to hold onto our rent check for nearly 2 weeks until we got it straightened out. Fortunately we had a phone number and address for the business that ran the payment thru;when we called them on it we got a refund right away. 2 other transactions were refunded to us when we called paypal directly. We have had a hold on our account ever since. We don't use the paypal account without looking at it regularly and we don't have it set up to rip us off quite as easily now.
@sudalunts (5527)
• United States
28 Apr 09
Glad you got everything straightened out. The bank account I have linked to paypal has a zero balance.
@blondbat (504)
• United States
28 Apr 09
We had to jump thru a few hoops and it took a while for PP to refund all the transactions. The balance was hard to figure out for a long time, but at least PP took care of it all. We might have come out ahead on the deal!
@silverglint (2001)
• Philippines
28 Apr 09
I just opened a paypal account so that I can get payment from mylot. I was pretty excited about having an online account and was planning to maintain a certain amount of money in my paypal. But since I read about these kind of discussions, I guess I would reconsider. I was planning to link my debit card to paypal, that means I should really monitor the amount I have in the debit card and try to check any emails from paypal asap.
@sudalunts (5527)
• United States
28 Apr 09
Paypal is really safe. I was very impressed that they caught this fraud. I received an email confirming money I sent, knowing that I did not send any money to anyone, I checked my paypal account, and someone had sent money to themselves, I am sure. Luckily, I did not have any money in the account that was linked to paypal, and paypal was aware of an unauthorized transaction.
@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
28 Apr 09
That is very scary... good thing that paypal has this precautionary measures in case our account gets hacked by these people who have nothing better to do but be a pain to society... I experienced my email account being hacked... and the person was able to use my credit card to purchase internet items... that was such a hassle... he was not able to get anything because i was able to stop payment before anything was processed...
@sudalunts (5527)
• United States
28 Apr 09
I am very pleased with paypal, they are on top of it. They are going to try to find out where this transaction came from.
• United States
28 Apr 09
I am sorry that this happened to you.. I would be devastated if that happened to me.. so is paypal going to work with you to figure this out, or are you on your own? I don't know if they will be able to do anything for you.. No I have not had this happen to me as of yet. I keep most of my accounts at a below 100 dollar amount so if one is hacked into, I won't loose everything .. Sorry this has happened to you..
@sudalunts (5527)
• United States
28 Apr 09
Paypal was aware of the transaction before I was. I received an email from paypal. They immediately froze my account, until I changed my password. Paypal is very good, I can see that from this experience.
10 Sep 09
YES THIS HAPPENED TO ME YESTERDAY I AM SO PANICED BY THIS BECAUSE HOW ON EARTH COULD SOMEONE DO THAT I AM WAITING FOR PAYPAL TO ASSURE ME THIS TRASACTION FOR AMERICA $119 WILL NOT GO AHEAD THEY DID BEGIN BY ALLOWING ME TO CHANGE MY PASSWORD ETC I AM REALLY ALARMED pod0502@blueyonder.co.uk
@KrauseHome (32392)
• United States
6 May 09
I had a small issue with Paypal with one of my other names, but nothing to like yours. But I have heard of things like this happening for many others as well. You would think that there would be a better way to protect us for sure. But when it came to my regular Bank Account I did have an issue, due to somehow someone getting my information via online, and I am in the process of trying to get back all of my funds from it. So I know just how frustrating it can be as well.
@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
28 Apr 09
It has never happened to me so far. Make sure that you change the password frequently and if I were you I would delete the paypal account and create another one so it would not be a target again. Goodluck.
@swatig (1187)
• India
28 Apr 09
I always keep mine fingers cross for such things not happens to me at least. i not confirm the bank a/c that linked to paypal account. i know such things are happening via some way or another but one has to remain careful while receiving any such mail and while opening the paypal account through mail received by them.
• Philippines
28 Apr 09
That's horrible! It's a good thing that Paypal is really a good site to handle our earnings. at least who ever hacked into your account didn't get the money at all. For hearing this news, I believe in the services of Paypal. At least they recognized it as a Illegal transaction. well, if they recognized your email then make another Mail account so that the money can't be tracked anymore.
@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
28 Apr 09
Wow, glad no one got your money. That would have me on ends. I haven't had my paypal account hacked but my bank account has. I bank online so thats possibly why it happened. Bank refunded me my money and took care of the investigating.
• India
28 Apr 09
I haven yet had any transactions from paypal. So i haven linked any bank account as yet. Is it safe to just link a credit care or bank account is better? N ya can we link a credit card n unlink it later on? I seriously have many doubts bout online financial accounts n would like help from anyone if the could do..
• India
28 Apr 09
I haven yet had any transactions from paypal. So i haven linked any bank account as yet. Is it safe to just link a credit care or bank account is better? N ya can we link a credit card n unlink it later on? I seriously have many doubts bout online financial accounts n would like help from anyone if the could do..
@chulasa (69)
• Philippines
28 Apr 09
Look like this person didn't got any money from you. It was such a relief. I haven't experienced things like that. I have am IT specialist husband and kept on reminding me to exchange password at least every month (but I haven't done it for a long time). Be careful next time and try changing password once in a while..
• Philippines
28 Apr 09
I haven't experience that and hopefully not. I haven't any balance on my paypal account yet but I am planning to just keep it there until the amount is big enough to buy something. I even plan to keep my bank account as a saving account and deposit money on that account but then I might experience the same way. I'd rather keep it as it is right now.
• India
28 Apr 09
yes i also have the same problem but contact paypal and tell about your account it will help.
@arijit2 (79)
• India
28 Apr 09
Well I do have many friends whose paypal accounts were hacked.
@Ruby722 (798)
• China
28 Apr 09
Thanks god They did not got any money from your payal .but this is a good warn.always remember donot tell anyone your account ,it is a terrible things.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
28 Apr 09
I have never had that happen to me before. I have gotten a few emails from people who claim to be PayPal though. I reported it to PayPal like you are supposed to. I am glad whoever it was did not actually get your money.