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Paypal scam warning to online sellers in Gedling borough


Scam-busters Action Fraud have issued an alert to people in Gedling borough warning them about the latest scam involving PayPal.

Criminals have been targeting online sellers in the area with scam emails which claim to be from the payment giant.

The fake PayPal emails try and trick sellers into believing they have received payment for an item they are selling.

Following these emails, many victims then send out the item to the address in the email – before realising they haven’t received any payment for the item they’ve just shipped out to the fraudster..

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A spokesman or Action Fraud said: “Between January and September 2020, 21,349 crime reports were made to Action Fraud about fake PayPal emails.

“Victims reported losing a total of £7,891,077.44 during this time.

“Those targeted included people selling jewellery, furniture and electronics via online marketplaces.

“Reports of fake PayPal emails to Action Fraud made up a third of all reports of online shopping and auction fraud during this period.

How can you protect yourself?

  • Sellers beware: If you’re selling items on an online marketplace, be aware of the warning signs that your buyer is a scammer. Scammers may have negative feedback history, or may have recently set up a new account to avoid getting poor feedback. Don’t be persuaded into sending anything until you can verify you’ve received the payment.
  • Scam messages: Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.
  • How to spot the difference: A PayPal email will address you by your first and last name, or your business name, and will never ask you for your full password, bank account, or credit card details in a message.

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