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For the Information of all Hubbers - PayPal Fraud

  1. Gordon Hamilton profile image98
    Gordon Hamiltonposted 8 years ago

    Hi, all

    Unfortunately, I have fallen victim to a hacker, fraudster or whatever you want to call them getting in to my PayPal account. They requested a fairly substantial transfer of funds from my account to another country.

    To their great credit, PayPal identified the likelihood of fraud almost immediately but I have had to cancel my credit card, debit card and have my business account monitored, in the uncertain knowledge of how much information the fraudster managed to obtain. This is because I get paid via PayPal from my income sources in other countries.

    The reason for this post is to advise those of you with PayPal accounts of two requirements PayPal suggest as a safety measure on accounts that I was entirely unaware of:

    1) The password for your PayPal account should never be used on any other website.

    2) The password on your PayPal account should be changed monthly.

    I hope that this information helps others avoid the untold inconvenience I've experienced over the last ten days or so.

    1. Sufidreamer profile image85
      Sufidreamerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Harsh, Gordon - at least it was only inconvenience and not money.

      Thanks for sharing that - it might help somebody else. smile

    2. nyliram profile image55
      nyliramposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I was told that all financial transaction sites should have the passwords changed every week. That was for Paypal visa Internet Banking. Anyone hacking into my computer will have problems with their own. It's just annoying.

  2. RooBee profile image77
    RooBeeposted 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing so that we can learn from your experience. I'm just glad that they didn't actually pilfer any of your funds!! Maddening!

  3. Teresa McGurk profile image62
    Teresa McGurkposted 8 years ago

    Thanks for the tip, and I'm very sorry to hear about your troubles.

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    wordscribe41posted 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, Gordon.  I never thought to change my password monthly.  I appreciate your post and am sorry for your inconvenience.

  5. getpaidtopost profile image40
    getpaidtopostposted 8 years ago

    watch out for emails from paypal. as they may not be from paypal.

    one trick people do is send you an exact copy template of a paypal email and ask you to confirm your details. you click the link and it takes you to a website "www.paypal.support.com"
    this looks like paypal but in fact this website is named support.com with a subdomain of paypal. people see paypal next to www and they assume it is paypal.

    If this gives you dayjarvoo and you actually give your details away then you need to let paypal know. tell them you feel your paypal account may have been compromised and can they check the logs for your account.

  6. Dolores Monet profile image99
    Dolores Monetposted 8 years ago

    Gordon, great that paypal picked up so quickly, could have been much worse. I guess having all this easy transaction business just makes it easier for criminals too. I think you are supposed to change all passwords every once in a while

  7. Lady Guinevere profile image61
    Lady Guinevereposted 8 years ago

    Last year someone charged three ladders to my paypal account and I had to go through the same process that Gordon just went through.  Yes keep changing your password as is suggested.  The only email that Paypal will or should be sending you is if you got a payment or something was taken out of your account or if you requested a paypal change in password---nothing else.  Anything else that seems like it comes from them you can copy and paste it and send it to their fraudulent department.  I have done so three times and they appreciated it all three times.  It is the one way that they can keep track of whom is getting into your account.  This reminds me to reset my password tomorrow morning!

  8. ljrc1961 profile image82
    ljrc1961posted 8 years ago

    I have found that if Paypal contacts you in your email, don't respond to it.  Only log on to the site with your information and not through any link.  Hackers are very smart.

    1. Lady Guinevere profile image61
      Lady Guinevereposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      The e-mail I was referring to you cannot respond to them, they ae just notices.  You have to go to your paypal account to check them out or do anything with your account.

  9. Lisa HW profile image77
    Lisa HWposted 8 years ago

    I don't know if it would have helped or not, but PayPal has the security key you can get for a small fee (I paid $5 a while back).  It's said to be "an extra measure of security" because the code changes every few seconds, and only you have the latest one.

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    \Brenda Scullyposted 8 years ago

    You just cannot trustanywone eh?????

  11. cindyvine profile image84
    cindyvineposted 8 years ago

    I got an email once from Paypal support about some payment for repairs to a truck.  Not owning a truck, or living in the country where the truck was being repaired I queried it through Paypal's site, and they confirmed my fears, that it was hacker spam trying to get my personal info.

  12. Jewels profile image83
    Jewelsposted 8 years ago

    Grateful for the warning.  I only ever use my own link to paypal and am about to change my password. Glad you weren't ripped off.