Warning sign 1
Quite often you may get emails from paypal asking you to verify your account or, asking you to provide some personal information. This is the first warning signal of Identity theft scam. Never, ever provide any information, because paypal will never request for any personal information from you.
Warning sign 2
The email for account verification, which you get in the name of paypal, will be sent to an email ID which is not in the paypal files.
The email uses forged headers. Forged headers are not easy to detect. Check if your email provider has options for blocking forged headers. If not, then ask them if its possible to do so.
Paypal will never greet you with ‘Dear Paypal Member’ or ‘Dear Paypal User’. It will always greet you with your name that is registered on the paypal account.
The fifth warning sign is the threatening email which might be informing you that paypal is going to suspend your account.
Do not click on a link that leads to a non-secure page, with no https and no secured browser, without a padlock in its lower left hand corner.
The seventh sign is bad English. Paypal will never use a bad english for communication.
If you observe any of these signs, then beware. It’s quite possible it’s a scam. If you have any kind of suspicion, then contact paypal for assistance.
The only person who you can blame for identity theft is yourself, so make sure that you are “street wise” in terms of online fraud and identity theft.
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