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Action Fraud warning regarding phishing emails claiming to be from PayPal

Alert message sent 31/07/2020 16:59:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch


This is a message from Val McPherson covering Aylesbury Vale Neighbourhood Watch.

The warning comes after Action Fraud received over 1,000 reports within 24 hours on 20 July 2020 about emails claiming to be from PayPal. The emails state the recipient’s account has been limited as a result of a policy violation.
The emails then ask for customers to update their account, or check the security of their account by clicking a link in the email. The links provided in the emails lead to genuine-looking websites that are actually phishing sites designed to steal PayPal login details, as well as personal and financial information.


It is common for criminals to spoof the legitimate phone number or email address of a trusted organisation, to trick us into providing information. If you receive a message out of the blue that seems suspicious, take five minutes to check directly with the organisation or brand contacting you that the communication is genuine. If something feels wrong then always question it.

A genuine PayPal email will only ever address you by your full name – anything that starts differently should immediately raise your suspicions. Look out for spelling mistakes, which are a common tell-tale sign of a fraudulent message. If you have any concerns regarding an email you have received, you should send it to www.spoof@paypal.com.

What to look out for and what you should do if you receive a phishing message
Official organisations, such as your bank, won’t ask for personal or financial information by text or email. If you receive an email you’re not quite sure about, you can report it by forwarding the email to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service at www.report@phishing.gov.uk.

Do not click on links or attachments in unexpected or suspicious texts or emails.
Confirm messages are genuine by using a known number or email address to contact organisations directly. You might find these on organisation’s official website or from a letter you have received in the past.


To keep yourself secure online, ensure you are using the latest software, apps and operating systems on your phones, tablets and laptops. Update these regularly or set your devices to automatically update so you don’t have to worry.

If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud online at
www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
Regards
Val
Message sent by
Val McPherson BEM (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley)

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