If you are a PayPal user be careful of a scam that’s going around the internet right now asking you to CONFRIM your PayPal Account.
This is a phishing scam hoping to catch unaware Paypal Users into divulging their PayPal Account Login and Password. Once equipped with this information the scammers can log into your PayPal Account and clean you out.
Here’s what the bogus email looks like:
You will get an email titled Confirm your PayPal account.
Clicking on the Confirm your account now link will open up your browser and go to this Page:
The first thing you should notice about this page is that the URL address reads: belling-info.com/PayPal-User/Log/US/3/Login.php?login
This link is unsecured and is not an official PayPal link. The bogus website is hosted by a french ISP registrar called LWS.
While the link looks official (with the PayPal login in the top left corner) the second problem with the website is the Contact Us Link on the bottom left corner Contact Us Link. Clicking on this link should give you a series of options to contact PayPal however this link is dead and nothing happens when you click Contact Us on the bogus website.
Paypal’s real site is SSL protected and the URL will show up as a GREEN Window with a Green LOCK on it, indicating the the website you are visiting is SSL security protected and all data is encrypted and protected.
Here is what the URL for the Real PayPal Page will look like:
Also, on the real PayPal site, all links including contact us and chat will work.
Don’t be fooled by this phishing scheme and if you have received this email, clicked the link and entered your information, call PayPal Immediately because your account has been compromised.
Another tip to avoid falling for these types of phishing scams, is anytime you receive an email asking you to confirm or for requiring you to provide login in credentials the best thing to do is to go directly to the specific site the email is asking for information about and test your existing login information. Don’t open up and links contained in an email which ask your for your login and password. Always open up your web browser separately and type in the URL by itself.
This simple procedure will prevent you from most email phishing scams.