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Trading Standards issues fake PayPal text message warning

Account holders are advised to go straight to the official website if in any doubt  Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO

Account holders are advised to go straight to the official website if in any doubt Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO

Nicolas Herrbach

Consumer protection officials have issued a warning about fake PayPal text messages.

Clicking the link leads to a fake PayPal webpage, said Trading Standards  Picture: SUFFOLK TRADING STANDARDSClicking the link leads to a fake PayPal webpage, said Trading Standards Picture: SUFFOLK TRADING STANDARDS

Suffolk Trading Standards said it followed reports of a text informing people of an issue with their account.

The Suffolk County Council department urged people to beware of the scam, adding: “At first glance, it may look like a PayPal link, but on closer inspection, it clearly directs to a different domain.

“The text alerts you to an important unread message, and that you have an issue that you need to resolve with your PayPal account.

“If you click the link as requested, a fake PayPal webpage opens in your smartphone’s browser.

“The website then asks you to log on to your account, giving the scammers access to your username and password.

“If you have any doubts, always go directly to a company’s website, not the link included in the text.”

Forward scam messages to 7726 for your phone provider to investigate the sender.


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