I had a scare yesterday... (paypal)

January 14, 2008 11:25am CST
Yesterday I recieved an e-mail from paypal saying that they recently reviewed my account, and they suspect an unauthorized transaction on my account. The e-mail went on to and adviced me to check my "activity" and then report anything, although thankfully nothing had "happened" it gave me a huge scare though because I spotted three transactions that I didn't recall making. well, It's great to see them taking the action and limiting my acount. Although, stupidly what they tell me to do doesn't "give" me full access and I'm wondering if anyone else has come across this. ~Joey
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15 responses
• United States
14 Jan 08
We have never had any trouble/strange activity with paypal and we have used it for a long time. But I do think it is good that they gave you warning on something that didn't seem right.
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14 Jan 08
It doesn't appear to be paypal... :/ Thanks!
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@someonesmom (5765)
• Canada
14 Jan 08
Hi Joey, When I saw this discussion, I knew it was 'a red flag.' Very likely, the message 'is not' from paypal. I've had these messages many times, and they 'are fake.' The first time I got one, I was very worried, but thankfully didn't give them any of my banking info., etc. I've learned to ignore them now, and delete the messages on a regular basis. If you're really unsure, then you can forward the message in question to the following link. This link will connect you to 'the real paypal.' Here's the link. www.spoof@paypal.com
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• Canada
14 Jan 08
Me again, Joey. The link I gave you 'is safe' to use, and is the 'real paypal.' I've sent them many suspicious e-mails, supposedly from them, and they're known as 'phishing e-mails.' They 'pretend' to be paypal, in order to get your banking, and paypal account info. I was told to 'never' open one of these, and not to believe it. Paypal themselves, will never ask for account verification online. I hope this helps.
• Canada
14 Jan 08
You're welcome. I'm glad to hear that you've reported them.:)
@YamiKiba (937)
• United States
23 Jan 08
someonesmom - "Paypal themselves, will never ask for account verification online. ." I'm confused. You mean through email right? Lol. I can't completely verify my account on the actual site unless I actually provide a credit card or a bank account. . .which I don't have access to at the moment. My parents are still handing the money stuff. .lol.
14 Jan 08
I had one a couple of months ago advising that some third party had tried to access my account and that I would have limited access until I changed my security settings. Haven't had a problem before or since and it was rather worrying to think someone was trying to access my account. Haven't a clue what they did or how Paypal knew but I guess it is reassuring to know they keep an eye on things.
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• Canada
14 Jan 08
Sorry, the first link I gave here is incorrect. It's been a long day (already). Here's the correct link. It's also on the first page, with my response there. www.spoof@paypal.com Sorry too, Joey.:(
@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
14 Jan 08
I rarely use my pay pal account, so any activity is probably unusual to them coming from my account lol. I think the last time i used it was probably the last time i got a payout from mylot. which was over a year ago. And i may have purchased something online afterwards. lol.
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@wolfie34 (26789)
• United Kingdom
14 Jan 08
I wonder if you got a similiar email to me, I am always wary of emails claiming to be from Paypal, so if they ask me for my details I forward them onto Paypal as they are classed as phishing strange name I know! It's all too easy to mistake emails from the fake ones, so it's always wise to check out the fraud information and make sure the emails are fully genuine. Hope everything gets sorted my friend, you hear so many sad stories of being getting scammed and having their accounts cleaned out.
14 Jan 08
hi, what you should do is refer the email onto paypal. they always request people to send them emails like this that do not appear to be real paypal emails. and as you didnt have any real issues on your account i would forward it to them. i have had these emails in the past, and they are always greatful. it is probably someone trying to catch you out, for you to send your information for them to access your account and money. vicky
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@Agent001 (242)
• India
26 Jan 08
Na man.I had no problem ever.I am member for a month only.
26 Jan 08
As far as I know, most of the time, your funds will be returned to your account. The real victims of this kind of activities are the sellers from which the hacker of your account bought. By the time that paypal detects there's something fishy with the transaction, the seller had shipped the goods already. However, Paypal will still reclaim the funds from the seller even though he/she shipped the item. At least that's what I have experienced... several times. =(
• United States
26 Jan 08
Yes, I get those too. The ones I get don't say that they suspect an unauthorized transaction, they say that they suspect an attempt to get to my account that may be unauthorized from an unknown computer address. I have Spyware Dr. and it immediately pops up as a "known phishing site". If I have questions about my actual account or want to see, I go directly to the account. We all have to be very very careful. If you have 3 transactions that look wrong, I would check further into those with PayPal or at least change your password. If the email you opened had tracking to track your key strokes, whoever it is, could go back at a later time and still try something. Just as a precaution I would definetely change the password.
• Philippines
22 Jan 08
I've never encountered such thing. Then again, it's good that nothing really bad happened to your paypal, or else it will hurt big time.
@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
21 Jan 08
I get those emails all of the time and I report them to Paypal for them to investigate it. Never visit Paypal if the website address doesn't start with https:// Alot of the highjackers only use http:// without the "s" The "s" at the end stands for a secure site. ~Steph
@TerryZ (22082)
• United States
15 Jan 08
I got one of those similiar to yours and it was a scam. So I reported it to paypal and they limited my account. Which I wasnt very pleased with. So I changed my password and then they took the limit off. I havent had a problem since. Good luck.
• United States
15 Jan 08
Pay pal does not contact you through e-mails.This is a scam.Someone is trying to get your information so they can draw money out of your bank account.It happened to my husband.Anytime you see an e-mail from pay pal delete it right away. If they asked you for information and you gave it to them then they can draw money out of your bank account.It will look and sound like pay pal but it is not.It is called phishing.You better check your bank account for withdrawals and your credit card for purchases that you have not made.
@kdhartford (1152)
• United States
15 Jan 08
It is a scam. I get that email about once per week. It is scary to get an email like that.
• United States
14 Jan 08
Wow better watch it.