PayPal warning: Britons alerted to dangerous text message scam – ‘huge red flag!’

PayPal is a familiar name to Britons, offering an online payment service likely to be of particular convenience especially amid the ongoing national lockdown. PayPal is used by over 20million people in the UK each year, according to the company, meaning there is a potential for many to be duped by scams surrounding the payment provider. Indeed, a new and dangerous scam is circulating via the mediums of both text and email, and so Britons should stay alert to ensure they do not become the next victim.

For this reason, then hyper-vigilance is key, but taking action is also of equal importance. 

Thankfully, PayPal is aware of such scams surfacing purporting to be from the company, and has urged people to be cautious.

The company explained genuine correspondence from PayPal will always derive from, a simple web address.

Messages will never ask for sensitive information such as a password or credit card number, and will not contain any attachments or ask people to download anything to their device. 

“Most likely it’s a site pretending to be PayPal that will ask for your login info then steal it.”

Another commented: “That was close! I almost clicked the link. Thankfully before I did, I remembered PayPal don’t normally use generic greetings like ‘dear customer.” That was a huge red flag and I realised the URL looked suspicious.”

A third warned: “NEVER click on a link in a text from a random number! If it was PayPal it would come from them, not from a random number.

“It’s always worth checking directly with the website, but never through the link. Block and delete it.”

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Finally, a fourth person revealed how they had almost been duped, writing: “I looked at a message from PayPal, it was inviting me to put my details in and looked genuine.

“To stay safe, one has to carefully examine everything.”

If someone does believe they have come into contact with a scam, Britons are encouraged to reach out to Action Fraud, the national cybercrime reporting service.

It is likely the organisation will take the matter further, working to block scam correspondence of this nature and protect people. 



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