Yesterday I came home after a trip and decided to check my emails to see which payments I should make, which contractors have delivered their work or what is going on in my world & project. Nothing strange an abnormal from the daily routine which involves checking Facebook feeds for news about tech, yes tech news of which I am subscribed to a news feed which I can share with you here https://www.facebook.com/lists/2363225811834 .
Let’s get to real issue, I saw from my inbox an email from this fake payal account claiming that I have a case. Here is the email as it appeared
Notice that the email is sent to paypal.com and it comes from service.@paypal.com. Below is the original one from paypal and you will see a difference. Judge for yourself. Here is the full transcript of the email that they sent and it looks very legit except PayPal would know your username and email. Also the English used doesn’t sound very corporate but it can convince you.
The catch in this scam is that there was a link attached to the email that requires your information and it looks 100% legit except when the fact that PayPal will not ask your name and will also send you a notification when you log in. I logged into my Paypal account and did not see any notification. The link in their email contained this PP-658-119-347.htm and here is how it looks on your browser, very legit. There is something you might not notice and this is that when the file opens it sends information or connects to the internet to smithplc.com.
You can see that it asks for your name, email address, PayPal password the most relevant things to open your PayPal account and make transactions on your behalf. It even asks you to save profile which you already did and PayPal would never ask you. Share this information across so that others don’t fall for this trap has been clearly orchestrated.