I almost fell for a scam last night
By Steve Helmer
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
December 16, 2016 10:58am CST
I got an e-mail that was supposedly from PayPal thanking me for my $60 purchase to some company. I didn't recognize this purchase and was about to click the link at the bottom to dispute it when, at the last moment, realized it seemed a little fishy. So, before clicking the link, I examined the sender's e-mail a little closer and realized it wasn't from PayPal, just someone pretending to be them. So, now the sender is blocked and the e-mail has been forwarded to PayPal's security team. Lesson for today: Make sure to double check the e-mail address before clicking any links.
5 people like this
• United States
I get a lot of those and I always check the address. Even emails from my family and friends get close scrutiny! Every so often a family member gets their email stolen. I remember one time we all got an email from my cousin claiming she was stranded in London, England, and could we please send some money. Well, we all knew she didn't travel due to illness so that was fairly easy to determine as a fraud. Speaking of email scams, I can't believe the Nigerian scam is still going on with all the publicity it's gotten. Are people really that stupid that they can still send those out and make money?!
• Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
I'm usually better at watching the e-mail too. But, when I was reading this one on my phone and it didn't show the actual e-mail address, just PayPal. I had to go on my computer to check it closer. And, yes, people do still fall for those scams. I read stories about it every few weeks.