Many people circulate fake phishing Paypal emails and create fake spoof websites that resemble the official Paypal emails and Paypal.com to trick less aware web users to reveal their secret personal information, usernames and passwords. Everyone has a Paypal account offering online payment solutions worldwide. Do you report these Fake Paypal Emails and Websites to Paypal?
It is common to find a fake Paypal email sitting in your inbox, which you usually delete or mark as spam. Go a step further and report Phishing and Spoofing to Paypal itself. The Paypal Security Centre is committed to fighting fraud, and preventing Identity Theft. You can help Paypal deal with these illegal websites and spam emails by reporting them.
Report a fake phishing Paypal email
Simply forward all fake paypal emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete them. Such emails usually have lots of spelling mistakes, with masked links where the url text is different from the fraud sites they lead to, and ask you for your passwords in an attempt for identity theft. It takes a few seconds more, but it will help stop fraud.
Report Fake Spoof Paypal Site
If you visit a fake Paypal website, usually by mistyping the url, or clicking on a hidden / masked paypal link in a phishing email – don’t close the window or tab. Report this on the official Paypal site which lets you report such sites. Test your fake site spotting skills with this phishing quiz. If you entered any personal information into the suspicious website, change your password immediately and check your transaction history for inaccuracies.
Next time you get a fake Paypal email, forward it to Paypal immediately before deleting it. Tricked into visiting a fake Paypal site, report it to Paypal. These small initiatives on our part will help Paypal fight this fraud, deal with the imposters and create a secure web for users.
Update: I usually forward fake paypal emails to them and get a reply like this :
“You’ve made a difference. Every email counts. By forwarding a suspicious-looking email to email@example.com, you’ve helped keep yourself and others safe from identity theft.”