Real life story about phishing…Read and heed!

I recently posted my note 5 on Amazon for sale, the sale went like this: all through text messaging.

What condition is your phone in? What is the total price? I am willing to offer $100 plus the actual amount of the postage if you can assure me. Send me a PayPal invoice to my email xxxxxx, once I get the invoice I’ll transfer the money ASAP. The item is for my colleague as a gift but she is currently on vacation so I want you to help me out and ship it to her that is why I have added extra 100 money to. I just transferred the money through PayPal and I got a confirmation in my email and I have been billed.Please help me out and ship it today through usps priority mail international to: fake address in Nigeria.

It went on trying to convince me to ship with other nonsense.

Then I get this: It was a header of mastercard/Visa/American Express/Discover card (you could tell it was just a cut and paste image)

Thank you for using PayPal for your online auctions.  

We at PayPal are ensuring that all our customers and auction site are fraud free. 
In our efforts to secure our merchants, we are now receiving payments for items that are to be shipped internationally through our secure server. This is to ensure that the seller and buyer do their responsibility in every transaction we handle. 
We have now received and confirmed payment from the buyer of your Item. This payment is currently pending to be credited into your account due to the security measures we have taken. You are now required to ship out the item and send us the shipment tracking number for verification of shipment. As soon as we have verified the shipment, your account will be credited with the full payment. This security methods have been taken due to fraudulent sellers
We await the shipment tracking number to us through our tracking email  for verification so we can credit your account immediately. Note that you are advised not to send out the shipment tracking number to the buyer until we have verified the shipment and credited your account.  

Thank you for using PayPal! 
The PayPal Team
 What you should do: This is from PayPal security

Dear Eberhart, Frank,

Thank you for partnering with PayPal to combat fraudulent emails.  We take reports of suspicious email very seriously.  Your submission helps us identify potentially malicious activity and take the appropriate action needed to protect our customers. Did you know that approximately 90% of all email sent worldwide falls into the spoof, phishing, spam, and general junk category?  By submitting reports of suspicious email to us you are helping to address this problem.

Any time you receive an email about activity to your PayPal account, the safest way to confirm the validity is to login directly to the PayPal website and review the relevant section. or call.

PayPal will never do in an email communication:

  1. Send an email to: “Undisclosed Recipients” or more than one email address
  1. Ask you to download a form or file to resolve an issue
  2. Ask to verify an account using personal information such as name, date of birth, driver license, or address
  1. Ask to verify an account using bank account information such as bank name, routing number, or PIN number
  1. Ask to verify an account using credit card information such as credit card number or type, expiration date, ATM PIN number, or CVV2 security code
  1. Ask you for your security question answers without displaying each security question you created
  1. Ask you to ship an item, pay a shipping fee, send a Western Union Money Transfer, or provide a tracking number before the payment received is available in your transaction history

If you have any other questions about PayPal security, please visit the

PayPal Security Center.

Thanks again for your help.

PayPal Security

Same with IRS scams, tax scams, etc. READ the content, usually it is poorly written with repeat or grammatical errors, trying to bypass the originator selling (like Amazon, eBay etc), NEVER ship anything until you have the money in your account.








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