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PayPal Text Phishing Scam 2017

Posted by Geraldine Hunt on Mon, Apr 24th, 2017

Phishing can come through email or your phone via voice or SMS. Currently doing the rounds is a very believable Paypal text phishing scam.

The text message comes from a shortcode number *729724*  and states:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At first glance it may look like a PayPal link, but on closer inspection it clearly directs to a different domain.  The text warns that your PayPal account has been locked and urges you to follow a link to restore access.  If you click the link as requested, a fake PayPal webpage opens in your smartphone's browser.

Do you use the same password across various accounts and online services? 

  • Make your password is hard to guess - use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters.
  • Change your password often.
  • Do not use the same password with more than one account. Think about it: If you use the same email and Linkedin and Paypal password, and someone found out your Linkedin password, they can log into your email and potentially gain access to every single account that that email address is associated with by using “forgot my password” links.

We are warning anyone who receives one of these Paypal text to delete it immediately. Always read your messages before you click, or even better – just don’t click on the link and contact paypal directly. To read more about staying safe on-line visit :

https://www.titanhq.com/blog/10-tell-tale-signs-that-spam-email-is-a-phishing-scam

https://www.titanhq.com/blog/ceo-phishing-scam-emails-is-costing-millions

https://www.titanhq.com/blog/titanhq-warns-netflix-subscribers-of-new-email-scam-steals-passwords-credit

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