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PayPal Updated

I recently reported on this blog an issue involving  the use of PayPal to perpetrate sophisticated scams.  https://bit.ly/3Eldbp6

Since that post, two things have occurred. An article in the UK’s Telegraph reported that PayPal was joining other large tech companies and firing 2,000 staff. https://bit.ly/3IE0A33 Second, I checked my PayPal account again and discovered that the bogus charge and fake American Express security phone line are still listed in my account. This is so many weeks after I reported the problem and was assured that PayPal was hard at work fixing it.

I must wonder how many other phony transactions are showing up on PayPal accounts with bogus phone numbers to call to cancel the transactions. Why is it still possible for foreign actors to post false information in individual PayPal accounts and have them remain for weeks or longer?

I can only repeat my warning to everyone with a PayPal account. Beware.

PayPal Scam Problem — Beware

I received an email about a request for money from my PayPal account. Not recognizing the person or the transaction, I elected not to click on anything in the email. Instead, I went directly to my PayPal account, logged in there, only to find the transaction listed. There was a phone number to call to cancel. I called and ended up in a multi-hour film-flam involving fake PayPal security people, fake credit card security people, etc. I canceled the transaction in PayPal and it showed as canceled. The calls continued.

I will spare you the gory details. Suffice to say that when I later contacted PayPal to ask how it could be that a phony phone number was lodged inside my account along with the phony transaction, the answer was that PayPal is aware that scammers are able to insert bogus “call XX to cancel” numbers inside the PayPal website. Calling the number leads you to the scammers, not to PayPal’s security people.

PayPal told me they are “working to fix this.” But it’s not fixed now and almost led to disaster. Be careful. Be very careful.