The information keeps coming from Alert users across Scotland highlighting the text, email and phone scams they are experiencing out in our communities.
A common thread over the past week has been the frequency of scams purporting to be from PayPal. Often these hare come in by email starting ' Your account has been suspended....', 'You have been paid....' and 'You have been paid too much.......'
Paypal have good information on scams and how to identify them at:-
Taken from the PayPal information:-
How to identify real PayPal emails
An email from PayPal will:
• Come from paypal.com. Scammers can easily fake the “friendly name,” but it’s more difficult to fake the full name. A sender like “PayPal Service (zxk1942R3@gmail.com)" is not a message from PayPal. But sophisticated scammers can sometimes fake the full name, so look for other clues.
• Address you by your first and last names, or your business name.
An email from PayPal won't:
• Ask you for sensitive information like your password, bank account, or credit card.
• Contain any attachments or ask you to download or install any software.
Report suspicious behaviour in your community to Police Scotland on 101 or 999 in an emergency
Report all scams to Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000 or through their website at:-
Scam emails should be reported to the National Cyber Security Centre via their new Suspicious Email Reporting Service at:-
Message Sent By
Mark Armstrong (NHWN, Community Support Officer, NW Scotland)