Paypal is an online payment processor that is secured but still have scammers all over the web. Most paypal accounts are used for commercial purpose and because of this scammers have initiated various ways of scamming other paypal account users. One thing about paypal is that if you have a strong password and you do not share your information with anyone, so that you can avoid Paypal scams in any way and also you should be very careful with the kind of website you enter your Paypal email address.
From my observation, you can easily get scammed by other scammers on the web when you do the following.
Common Paypal Scams You Need To Know
==> When scammers send you money from a real Paypal account, ask you to ship to a certain address, then file a chargeback. If you did not check with Paypal that the address they gave you was the “verified” address and you sent anywhere but the verified address, they claim they never received the item and Paypal refunds them. It doesn’t matter if you have proof it was delivered to the other address along with an email from the buyer telling you to ship to that address. If you ship anywhere but the verified Paypal mailing address, you have NO protection and Paypal will always side with the buyer which means that you have been scammed.
==> When they send you an email saying money has been sent but due to new security measures it will not be credited until you send the tracking info. So you send the item, email the tracking info, then check Paypal and there is no money in your account. You call Paypal who tells you they never emailed you, there was no transaction and they NEVER ask for tracking info before crediting your account.
==> Another way to scam people is to actually use paypal. First thing you do is buy something from ebay that you really like at a decent price. When it arrives just put in a claim to paypal that the item doesn’t work or isn’t as advertised. Paypal will investigate which means do nothing for a week or so and then give you your money back while you get to keep the product. This is REAL and is happening all over ebay and paypal.
==> When scammer send you money from a hacked Paypal account, then you ship the item, and when the real account holder discovers the theft and file a reports to Paypal and the money will be refunded from your account.
==> When scammer send you a fake Paypal email saying money has been sent but you have to click on a link to verify the transaction which leads you to a fake Paypal log-in page that you log in. After you must have finished logging in with your username and password, that fake log in page will send your login details to the scammer and then your account has just got hacked.
How To Avoid Paypal Scams
- When using direct Paypal links and you type it into the browser yourself, your account will be safe.
- Never click a link in any email from buyers.
- Never use any “trust site” or “Escrow” service the buyer recommends.
- Always check your paypal account first, that you have the money, directly.
- The other gotcha is, always sent with a tracking number. Many scammers claim they never received the goods, and Paypal refunds them if you cannot prove you sent it. The buyer always pays shipping, so always insist on a trackable shipping method.
- Always ship to the Paypal registered address and never anywhere else.
- Also note that scammers always use stolen credit cards.
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